Click here for the fat cloth book tutorial.
The skinny cloth book tutorial is below.
- Buy the fabric from Spoonflower here.
- Iron the fabric.
Some people also wash the fabric first; but I’ve found that this can stretch & warp the fabric and makes it hard to match up the pages. So I wash afterwards.
- Cut the cover and internal pages into the strips pictured below.
The bottom strip is the OPTIONAL bookmark/hanger.
You can leave this out if you want.
- Fold & pin the spreads in half so the printed parts face each other.
If you are making a bookmark/hanger, make it before you fold the cover in half. Fold the edges of the bookmark in and then fold in half and sew. UPDATE! The bookmark is really fiddly to make so what I use now is red ribbon – much easier!
- Skip this step if you are not using the bookmark.
Fold and pin your red bookmark/hanger into place before folding and pinning the cover.
- Fold and pin the cover.
OPTIONAL: Add padding and plastic if you want. I cut my padding from a cheap fleece blanket, and added a piece of clear plastic because our boy loves the crinkly sound it makes. This means the book isn’t 100% cotton though…
- Sew around each folded page spread.
If you’re forgetful like me, mark your starting and end sewing points leaving a big opening so you can turn the page the right way around afterwards. I do this otherwise I forget about the opening and sew the whole thing shut.
- Trim the corners.
This will help make the corners less fat when you turn the pages around.
- Turn your pages the right way around.
This is the fun part where you start to see your book come together! Iron each page again, being CAREFUL if you have plastic in your cover.
- Sew (top stitch) around your pages again.
Sew as close to the edge as possible to close the openings.
- Assemble and sew spine.
Put your pages together on top of each other in the order pictured below and sew one or two lines down the centre to create a “spine” and complete your book.
I recommend washing the book on a delicate cold or warm setting before giving it to your baby.