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Baby Boy DIY Texture Book

Baby Boy DIY Texture Book featured by top US quilter, Lella Boutique
Baby Boy DIY texture book.

If you know me at all by now, you know that I love scrap projects.  Check out this fun DIY texture book I made for Olive’s little friend down the street!

To make the basic fabric book, you will need (6) rectangles 8″ x 18″ in assorted colors for the pages + (12) squares 7″ x 7″ of batting. (I keep a cotton/poly or bamboo blend around).

Baby Boy DIY Texture Book featured by top US quilter, Lella Boutique

STEP ONE: Fold each fabric rectangle in half and iron the crease in place. This “divider” will help us arrange and center our shapes on each half.  Later, it will help us center a batting square behind each page, and finally, serve as a marker to bind the book together. The other option would be to use a Frixion pen to mark the line.

Baby Boy DIY Texture Book featured by top US quilter, Lella Boutique

In order to include a variety of textures, round up any appropriate scraps and embellishments you might want to use. If the variety at home is sparse, take a trip to your local craft store and check out what they have to offer. Just keep in mind safety when choosing products. Do not use anything that will come loose or can be pulled off by a child as that can create a choking hazard.

Baby Boy DIY Texture Book featured by top US quilter, Lella Boutique

STEP TWO: This baby book requires a bit of organization and planning ahead. Lay out your 8″ x 18″ fabric rectangles in a column and place page markers as indicated.

Baby Boy DIY Texture Book featured by top US quilter, Lella Boutique

STEP THREE: Sketch your design on paper so you can decide what will fill the pages of your book.  I’ve jumped ahead to the finished book to show you examples of what I came up with.  My shapes are complex and detailed–but yours don’t need to be like this if you don’t want to put in all that work.  A simple shape book with circles, squares, and triangles, letters, numbers, etc. could be cute too!

Baby Boy DIY Texture Book featured by top US quilter, Lella Boutique

STEP FOUR: After your initial sketch is finished, you will need to create a paper pattern of the full-scale shapes so you can trace them onto the textured materials.  The free baby boy template I created is available here.

I always use a lite HeatnBond iron-adhesive to create fusible shapes that will adhere them to the fabric pages.  I find that adding HeatnBond lite makes the shapes work easier and always looks great!  See the full tutorial on how to work with HeatnBond lite to create fusible shapes here.

I’ve also added lots of letters to personalize my book. To add letters, see my fabric letter tutorial here.)

Baby Boy DIY Texture Book featured by top US quilter, Lella Boutique

STEP FIVE: Once you’ve created all your shapes, peel off the paper from the back side of each shape./letter. Arrange them onto the pages and iron them in place following HeatnBond lite instructions. Once a page is complete, center a batting square behind each “page” (centered) and pin in place. Stitch all letters and shapes in place by top-stitching around the shape’s perimeter just in from the edge.

Baby Boy DIY Texture Book featured by top US quilter, Lella Boutique

STEP SIX: Once each page is stitched in place, take the first two rectangles in your column.

Baby Boy DIY Texture Book featured by top US quilter, Lella Boutique

To prepare them to be sewn together, bring them batting-sides together, keeping the pages oriented so the top-sides remain together. Align the raw edges and pin in place. DISCLAIMER: I used buttons on my pirate ship but cannot recommend using them as they pose a potential choking hazard.

Baby Boy DIY Texture Book featured by top US quilter, Lella Boutique

Stitch around the perimeter using 1/2″ seam allowance.

Baby Boy DIY Texture Book featured by top US quilter, Lella Boutique

STEP SEVEN: Take the next two page rectangles in the column and sew them together using the same steps.  Repeat a third time with the bottom two page rectangles.  Next, make a new column with the following pages facing up: (1 & 10); (3 & 8); and (5 & 6).

Baby Boy DIY Texture Book featured by top US quilter, Lella Boutique

STEP EIGHT: Stack the pagesso that pages 1 & 10 are on the bottom, 3 & 8 in the middle, and 5 & 6 on the top.  (I’ve staggered the layers below to demonstrate.)

Baby Boy DIY Texture Book featured by top US quilter, Lella Boutique

Line up the edges and pin in place.  (Before you sew, feel free to close the book and preview to check that everything is in the right order.)  See the ironed crease?  It marks where we need to sew the book together.

Baby Boy DIY Texture Book featured by top US quilter, Lella Boutique

STEP NINE: Sew along the marked line/crease from (top) perimeter seam to the (bottom) perimeter seam. I used a zig-zag stitch.

Baby Boy DIY Texture Book featured by top US quilter, Lella Boutique
Baby Boy DIY Texture Book featured by top US quilter, Lella Boutique

STEP TEN: Clip the edges up to the seam allowance (on all pages) and throw the book in the wash to fray.

Baby Boy DIY Texture Book featured by top US quilter, Lella Boutique

The fraying adds another cool level of texture to the book!

Baby Boy DIY Texture Book featured by top US quilter, Lella Boutique

I love how this DIY texture book turned out! I think my favorite is the dump truck with the soft dirt.

Baby Boy DIY Texture Book featured by top US quilter, Lella Boutique
Baby Boy DIY Texture Book featured by top US quilter, Lella Boutique
Baby Boy DIY Texture Book featured by top US quilter, Lella Boutique
Baby Boy DIY Texture Book featured by top US quilter, Lella Boutique
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56 Comments

  1. Emilee

    April 21, 2011 at 9:11 am

    I love it! I wish you were doing a giveaway. Thanks for the tutorial.

  2. Rachael @ The Little Birdie

    April 21, 2011 at 10:15 am

    This is INCREDIBLE! I always love seeing stuff for little boys, there's never enough of it out there. Love it! 🙂 You should definitely come and link up at the party this week. This one is a winner!

  3. Tammy @ she wears flowers

    April 21, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    What a darling idea!! I love, love, love it! I can't wait to make one of my own!

  4. Kelsie

    April 21, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Wow! I love this! I've been wanting to make a soft feel/quiet book, this will be perfect!

  5. Unknown

    April 22, 2011 at 7:59 am

    I love this!! I have seen other quiet books but yours rocks! I love the fabrics you used!

  6. Bree mcconnell

    April 22, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    I just stumbled upon your blog and im TOTALLY IN LOVE with your style!!!!!

  7. Unknown

    April 22, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    this is so cute. makes me wish i could sew. great tutorial. and cute blog!

  8. Shelly Schmidt

    April 22, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    What a fantastic project- this is so cool!!!

  9. Sommer

    April 22, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Oh wow. What a wonderful gift this would make! The sentiment behind it is unmeasured. http://thelarsonlingo.blogspot.com/2011/04/tie-dyed-easter-eggs.html

  10. Unknown

    April 23, 2011 at 6:50 am

    Just wanted to let you know that I featured this book on my blog today! It has been "stuffed in my gunny sack"! 🙂

  11. sewhappiness

    April 23, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Oh this is just adorable!!! What a creative idea!!! I'd really like to make one for my new born niece… I will feature this on my blog if you don't mind!!
    I found your blog through Tatertots and Jello!! I'm so glad I did:)
    Have a great weekend and a Happy Easter:)
    Eleni@sewhappiness.blogspot.com

  12. Katie @ OhhBaby

    April 23, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    this is precious! I may have to give it a shot for the next baby shower that I attend!

  13. Nicole @ Wohler's World

    April 24, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    I wish I could sew! This is so adorable! Thanks for sharing such a great tutorial!

  14. Bec@littlelucylu

    April 24, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Wow. That really makes me wish I could sew!!!
    Amazing … love it!
    ~Bec

  15. Jayna Rae

    April 24, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    I saw Jamie Lynn's feature of this, and I have now officially added it to my to do list for my boys birthdays. They are both in July. Hopefully I can create at least one by then.

  16. Amanda

    April 25, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    This is such an adorable book, such a fantastic idea!

  17. Unknown

    April 25, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Hi There- I love this so MUCH, SO MUCH I DO! My baby boy is being born tomorrow via c-section and we are naming him Evin, another reason I love this. Evin spelled like his dad Kevin, dropping the "K"

    Anyway, I adore this and I NEED a few Guest posts for my blog would you like to guest post on CraftOManiac? you can send me the HTML code to this post to my email jenglamgirl@gmail.com with a small intro. at the top. I would love to feature this. Thanks-winks-jen

  18. Sew Can Do

    April 25, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Very cute & looks cuddly. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday – would love if you added the party button to your blog:)

  19. Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims

    April 26, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    oh my goodness! this is so great!! looks like it took a lot of effort, but it is so beautiful!

    Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday!! Hope to see ya again this week 🙂

  20. Liz Ferguson

    April 26, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Oh, I just love this! One of my best friends is having her first boy in a few months. I think I will have to make one of these for her. Thanks for sharing the idea!

  21. Anonymous

    April 27, 2011 at 12:29 am

    This is really cute! I need to make my kids something like this.

  22. Kath

    April 28, 2011 at 9:09 am

    what a great blog! and a super cute craft. I'm jealous, you are very talented. I'm a ultra beginner at sewing and couldn't pull this off but I LOVE it.

    I'm your new follower!
    kathryn
    http://www.thedragonsfairytail.blogspot.com

  23. Unknown

    April 28, 2011 at 11:34 am

    love love it! new follower- & already a big fan!

  24. Jen

    April 28, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    You are AWESOME! This is such a great idea! I am going to have to make one of these for my little boy – thanks so much for sharing this at Fantastic Friday!

  25. Maria Matter

    April 29, 2011 at 5:52 am

    Thank you so much for joining the party @ Inspire Me Fridays!

  26. Unknown

    May 1, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Hi Vanessa~

    So cute & creative!! Thanks for linking to my K.I.S.S. blog bash last week, looking forward to seeing what you share this week.

    Drop By The Tattered Tag

  27. Sew Can Do

    May 2, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Great idea & the boy designs are super cute! You've been featured at this week's Craftastic Monday party. Stop by & grab a Featured On button:)

  28. Judy Whatilivefor

    May 5, 2011 at 6:25 am

    That book is incredible and totally puts my soft baby book to shame. I love the themes you used and it's so clean/colorful/fun!

  29. Spunky Junky

    May 5, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    I have been wanting to make a quiet book and I think I now have some inspiration! I love love love your idea!

    I will be featuring you tomorrow on Spunky Junky!

    xoxo
    Halsey

  30. Alison @ Oopsey Daisy

    May 10, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    This is incredibly cute!! I just featured you on my blog today:

    http://oopsey-daisy.blogspot.com/2011/05/wednesdays-wowzers-arrives-early.html

    Thanks for inspiring!
    ~Alison

  31. Anonymous

    May 10, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    This is so adorable!

  32. lyndsey

    May 30, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    this is amazing! i'm getting ready to make my baby boy a counting quiet book, and this was just the inspiration i needed.

  33. VickiT

    May 31, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    This is SUCH an adorable book! We have our 2nd Grandchild arriving in early September and already have been told it's a boy. This would be adorable to make.

    I am wondering what exactly is included in the info you are selling to make the book but I keep getting an error for the link. I'd like to see what it is before paying however. Is this going to be put on your Etsy site at some point as well as the adorable baby girls' book too? Thank you very much.

  34. Amanda

    June 9, 2011 at 11:13 am

    What a fantastic project! I've been wanting to make a softcover book for my niece, but I wasn't sure how to start. This really helps a lot. If you want, come link up sometime at I Made It! Monday at Ninth Street Notions.

  35. Cyndi

    September 1, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    excellent tute ty. i am impressed with the detail.

  36. Anonymous

    September 20, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Vanessa, where do you find your fabric? I love the green chevron but don't know where to look for it. Thanks!

  37. Vanessa Goertzen

    September 20, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    The green chevron print is manufactured by Michael Miller Fabrics. I would check etsy, local quilt shops, etc. It has been out for quite some time so I'm not sure how easy it is to find!

  38. Fowler family

    September 24, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    I just love these Vanessa! Thanks for emailing me. I'm posting about you and your blog/texture books right now! Thanks for connecting. -Anna (www.quietbook.blogspot.com)

  39. Veronica

    January 21, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Just curious… Do you prewash the fabric before making the book? Looking at pictures it dosen't appear so, but I wanted to be sure. I'm new to sewing and am making a similar book as a gift and don't want it to go badly! Thanks!

  40. Angela

    January 29, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Thanks for sharing the page layouts! It really helped me to create my son's quiet book! Thank you!

  41. Anonymous

    March 15, 2012 at 7:43 am

    I am so excitied about this project. Have two small grandsons that I have been wanting to do something for and this fits the bill. I did my other older grandsons a quiet book last year and have made them some new pages to add to their book. I am making a run to Hobby Lobby today to get the materials. Hoping I can make these by Easter! Thanks so much!
    Vicki Mac

  42. Camila Gallagher

    May 24, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Oh! WOW! I looooooooved it. Too bad my sewing skills are zero. Are you sure you don't want to make some to sell…lol… I will buy it. Congrats to you all who can sew! It's a great idea and the step by step looks super easy.

  43. Rebecca

    December 9, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    thank you for the tutorial on how to put the book together. i just finished and it is in the washer…nervous but sure it will be fine!

  44. Anonymous

    December 17, 2012 at 1:45 am

    I really love your blog.. Excellent colors & theme. Did you
    make this website yourself? Please reply back as I'm wanting to create my own site and would like to find out where you got this from or exactly what the theme is named. Thanks!
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  45. Love Dove

    January 31, 2013 at 10:42 am

    I made one!! Your blog is so inspiring, thank you for sharing this awesome tutorial! I blogged about my version here: http://goodquilthunting.blogspot.com/2013/01/baby-boy-softbook.html

  46. Unknown

    September 18, 2013 at 10:37 am

    THIS IS AN AWESOME CRAFT AND WOULD BE SO FUN TO SEW. I HAVE ADDED IT TO MY FAVORITES AND AM EXCITED TO MAKE 1 OR SEVERAL. THANK YOU FOR SHARING

    Bernysblessings.blogspot.com

  47. luvbabyfeet40@gmail.com

    February 14, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    this is really cute for boys! do you the patterns for the appliques?

  48. Melissa Hooker

    November 15, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    This is a great tutorial – I just finished mine and I love how it turned out!!

  49. Little Birdie Blessings

    January 6, 2015 at 3:30 am

    Wow, this is the best tutorial I've ever seen for a quiet book. Like the idea of leaving the edges frayed. The book you made is so sweet. Thanks so much for the time you put into this tutorial. ~ Abby

  50. chachalaca

    February 19, 2016 at 9:54 am

    está hermoso, muy original, y me encanto que no fuera todo con fieltro, gracias por compartir

  51. Unknown

    February 8, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    I'm a little confused – say on # 1 the cowboy boot & cacti – is there anything on the backside of that or is it a blank page? My email is geraniummom@gmail.com

  52. Unknown

    September 20, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    What material did you use for backdrop pages?

  53. Unknown

    September 20, 2017 at 9:53 pm

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