Inside: If you were thinking about making a quiet book for a baby, here is how to make little sensory book designed just for babies.
If you just welcomed a new baby or expecting one there is no better toy than little sensory baby book that you can make as a gift. Also called a baby quiet book, it is filled with different materials that encourages baby’s development and sensory exploration.
Babies explore world around us with touch and get to know objects by feeling it. Quiet books for babies are filled with materials that encourage sensory exploration rather than activities to play with.
Quiet book filled with activities to learn and practice fine motor skills is great for young kids to play. Yet, you will have to wait a little bit before he really starts to play if you give it to baby younger than 12 months. She will rather pull pieces or try to place them in her mouth.
Much better and age appropriate book is little sensory book, smaller in size than quiet book for toddlers, filled with vivid colours and materials that are different on touch.
Little sensory baby book best fits babies between 6 months up to 18 months old. After age of 18 months you may start making a real busy book.
Reasons why should you start with simple baby sensory book:
The other thing I like is simplicity. Babies don’t know much yet. Everything you find around yourself is new to them and it will occupy their attention. If you pull out different textured fabrics you have perfect ingredient for baby book.
You may use premade pattern and make themed book, or if you are going for a really simple (and inexpensive) project you may just cut shapes out of different materials and sew them on to fabric pages.
For example, simple sensory book to learn colours made of scraps in different colours.
‘Things That Go’ is also fun book where I used scraps and materials from household. I just finished this book for my 9-month old and he loves every single page. (You can get pattern here).
And here is simple book inspired by nature, animals and fruits. (You can get pattern here).
As you see, all this books are simple to make but yet so beneficial for babies. And, have to admit, totally cute. I have made some themed baby books in the past as a baby shower gift and they were a real hit.
My daughter is preschooler now but still has her baby book in bed next to the pillow. When she wakes up at night she puts her ear on a little soft book to hear story that book tells and she falls asleep again. I just love how her story turned out.
Baby books are usually very small, about 5 inches that makes them easy to hold and explore.
Instead of purchasing new materials, here are some ideas what can you use from your home and what can you repurpose for making baby quiet book:
NOTE: Don’t forget to prewash and clean all the materials that will come in touch with little one. Also, it is very important to secure all small pieces, especially buttons, that are choking hazard.
Start by cutting fabric rectangles in desired size.
For finished 5″ sized book, you have to cut cover page fabric in 11” x 5.5” size. You need two of these for cover pages.
For inner pages make slightly smaller rectangles, also two the same in each size.
Fold and iron on each rectangle on half, so you get two pages. This ironed line will help you arrange the centre of pages and bind the book.
When all objects are sewn on pages you may start putting your book together.
Place first two rectangles right side facing together, pin in place and stitch around the rectangle’s perimeter using 1/2″ seam allowance. Stitch all the way around, leaving a 3” opening in the lining for turning. Turn the pages inside out and stitch opening.
NOTE: Leave opening on both sides, right and left, it will be much easier to turn it on the right side.
Repeat with the rest rectangle pages using the same steps.
Finally, stack up all sewn pages and bind them together. Ironed crease marks are where you need to sew the book together. Use reinforced stitch.
And here you go. You get perfect baby keepsake gift.
Hope this was useful to you. However, if you need more detailed instructions, with step by step photos, you may get them with one of my baby book sewing patterns: Nature baby book and Things that move.
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