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    Yes you can! You rockstar you! You can do it yourself. You can sew your own cloth books for the baby in your life. If you have a basic sewing machine, it is easily done, even if you’re a beginner.

    I was a beginner myself when I started sewing and selling cloth books over four years ago. If you can sew a fairly straight line, then give it a go! I have two tutorials to guide you and I am happy to answer any questions as best as I can.

    So why am I keen to get YOU to sew your own book instead of me?

    Well, I have decided to back off from my Cloth Books for Baby venture so I can focus on other creative things like gardening and sewing for the home, our kids and myself. But I’m not closing up shop completely, I’ll be promoting my book panels and tutorials and templates so YOU can design and sew your own cloth books for babies.

    And here is a great offer to get you started: FIVE book panels for the price of three! There are FIVE book panels squeezed on to one yard of cotton sateen over at Spoonflower.

    FIVE FOR THE PRICE OF THREE

    Let me know if you have any questions about making your own cloth books. Happy sewing!!

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    How to use your cotton gift bag

    Your little cloth book might come with a complimentary cotton gift bag. To save on postage/shipping costs, your cloth book might arrive opened up flat and not be inside the bag when you receive it. Here’s how to put your book in to the bag…

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    Yummy!

    Every now and then we get a book out from the library that we just don’t want to take back. ‘Yummy’ by Lucy Cousins is one of those. I’m in love and so are our two kids. I love the bold painted illustrations. I love that she doesn’t sugar-coat the classic fairy tales; the great »more

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    My child is not naughty…

    … and neither is yours. Naughty is not a word we use at home. Not intentionally; it’s just turned out that way. To me, the word ‘naughty’ is a meaningless word. It doesn’t accurately describe a child’s behaviour when they’re doing something that you think they shouldn’t be doing. So when one of our children »more

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    Super Simple Sourdough Sandwich Loaf

    Click the links for more info. If you just want the recipe, keep scrolling. I’ve recently (the past few months) got into making and baking sourdough bread. To make sourdough bread you use a sourdough starter to lift your loaf instead of commercial yeast. So the first step is to obtain or make your own »more

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    Etsy find of the day!

    That’s me! (Or rather, that’s one of my cloth books.) Yesterday evening, out of the blue, I received six custom orders in the space of three hours through my Etsy shop. Which is really unusual because I’d normally get six in a good week. (And I hadn’t had one of those since Christmas.) After some »more

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    A surprising experiment

    Towards the end of last year I made the decision to make my cloth books out of all natural and biodegradable materials; to swap the polyester satin ribbon for silk ribbon, the polyester fleece padding for cotton/bamboo padding, and to only use cotton fabric and cotton thread. And I wanted to do an experiment to »more

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    Out with the new and in with the old

    If you’ve been following my facebook page you’ll know what’s coming up this year at Cloth Books for Baby. The materials I’ve used for the past two years to make my cloth books include: cotton or polyester fabric, cotton thread, polyester fleece padding, polyester satin ribbon, and wood rings.   So a mix of natural »more

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    My Chewable Book of Babies

    Any mum will tell you that babies love looking at photos of other babies. As a baby, our boy used to kiss the babies he saw in his first library books! Kiss them and then chew the pages that they were pictured on. Not the best diet for baby and not good for the book. »more

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    Flats Challenge Day 7

    Seven days of using, and hand-washing, flat nappies instead of using disposable nappies or more expensive modern cloth nappies and using a washing machine. I did it. I can get the t-shirt that says “Been there. Done that.” Today was spent moving more stuff from our old home to our new home. Driving there and »more