Learn How To Make Quiet Book For Babies

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.

What makes quiet book for babies so special

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:

  • quiet books are most appropriate for toddlers, while sensory books focuses more on baby’s current milestone stage
  • if this is your first quiet book, it is much easier to make small baby book with simple appliques than complicated learning activities
  • it makes great practice for you to get concept how it looks to make a quiet book – the easy way
  • you can use scraps and materials you already have (because you don’t need much materials) and start with ridiculously low investment in a book
  • baby book is perfect personalized gift for baby and lovely keepsake for life

 

Making baby sensory book is easy

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.

Colours baby soft sensory book

‘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).

Baby quiet book pages Things that go

And here is simple book inspired by nature, animals and fruits. (You can get pattern here).

making a baby sensory quiet book sewing pattern

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 girl sensory book

Inexpensive materials for a baby quiet book

Baby books are usually very small, about 5 inches that makes them easy to hold and explore.

Two main things you need is cotton fabric for pages and batting for inside pages. Sometimes I use fusible fleece to reinforce pages, but for baby books I prefer quilting batting for few reasons:

  • it reinforces pages so they don’t flip over
  • gives thickness to the pages so babies can easily grasp them
  • give extra softness to the pages and whole book

Quilting batting inside the quiet book pages will give softness and thickness

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:

  • fabric scraps from old projects
  • felt scraps
  • repurpose old clothes that has interesting colours and textures (like old sweaters, coats, scarfs, baby clothes, baby blankets…) – you need just a small piece
  • ribbons
  • recycle old toys
  • keep interesting packaging bags (vinyl, plastic, foil)
  • buttons, snaps
  • wooden rings for teething

Related: Here is how to make kids safe wooden toys sealant

crochet baby toys

quiet book for babies with teething ring

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.

Little hacks for making a sensory baby book

  • Stuff appliques and simple objects (like clouds) with polly pillow stuffing to make them puffy and soft on touch (if you don’t have polly stuffing you may take some from pillow, old plush toy or better yet, you may use felt scraps). I fill clouds, umbrellas, mushrooms, fruits, boat sails, air balloons …

Fill appliques with poly pillow stuffing for softness

  • Baby mirror can be made out of baby cereal packaging or coffee packaging, there are also baby safe mirror sheets available for purchase.

tips and tricks baby mirror from packaging foil

  • ‘Crinkle’ sound can be made by placing foil under the fabric. I used food safe foil here, good alternative is a piece of baby wipes refill bag.

Make crinkle sound with packaging food safe foil

  • Clear vinyl from packaging bags, like curtains, socks, underwear (it is not stiff and it is easy to sew on) are great for windows pieces or picture frames inside the book.
  • Ribbons, strings or elastics:  stitch them on one side and leave to hang, baby will love to pull them.

Cloud with ribbon rain in a baby sensory book

Related: Quiet book pages sewing patterns with detailed instructions

Simple way to make pages and bind quiet book

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.

quiet book fabric pages

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.

Sew quiet book pages in the middle

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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