Sew a Child's Fabric Shapes Book

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    Materials List

    Fabric Shapes Book Cover. Debbie Colgrove/

    Materials List

    • 1 yard of a bright color solid cotton fabric for the body of your book.
    • 1/2 yard of Mid Weight Fusible craft interfacing for the cover
    • Lightweight batting (the inexpensive packaged type is fine)
    • 2 yards of fusible web - Paper backed is preferable.
    • Scraps of various fabrics to make your appliqué letters and shapes.
    • Thread - a variety from your stash. This is a great project to experiment with the various specialty threads on the market.
    • Print Out Appliqué Templates
      • Letters A-L used in the Fabric Book Covers
      • Letters M-Z used in the Fabric Book Covers
      • Star Page Templates
      • Circle Page Templates
      • Heart Page Templates
      • Square Page Templates
      • Triangle Page Templates
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  • 02 of 06

    Fabric Book Cover Assembly Direction

    Fabric Book Cover. Debbie Colgrove/

    Cover Cutting Directions:

    • Cut two pieces of cover fabric 19" by 12"
    • Cut one piece of sturdy Interfacing 19" by 12"
    • Cut one piece of lightweight batting 19" by 12"


    • Leave one piece of your cover fabric totally intact. On the other cover piece, find the center of the 19" width and make a slit in the middle. This will allow you to turn the fabric right sides out and will be enclosed in the bookbinding.
    • Baste or fuse the interfacing and the batting to the intact piece of cover fabric.
    • Fold the un-slit, interfaced piece of fabric cover in half along the 17" edges. One half of the cover is where you will be placing the cover design. Make temporary marks with straight pins or chalk, 1" in from the edges of this half, to remind yourself not to place any designs in that area, which will later be used for seaming the cover together.
    • Prepare appliqué fabric by applying fusible web as described in the manufacturer's directions.
    • Choose and cut out a variety of shapes from the page templates. The cover is a good place to experiment with various textures to add to the child's learning experience. Fake fur, thermal fabric, ​and lame are just a few of the types of fabric you may want to experiment with.
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  • 03 of 06

    Book Cover Continued

    Appliqued Book Cover. Debbie Colgrove/
    • Cut letters for the child's name from fusible prepared fabric and the letter templates.
    • Place the letters and shapes on the marked cover area. Play with the positioning until you are happy with the appearance.
    • Press all pieces into place
    • Using a shortened zigzag stitch, stitch all edges of all the appliqués to prevent fraying when the book is laundered.
    • Baste your batting to the appliquéd book cover piece of fabric
    • Place fabric cover pieces right sides together
    • Using 1/2" seams stitch around the entire outside edge of the cover pieces.
    • Trim all excess bulk and seam allowances. Trim the corners with a diagonal clip to eliminate bulk.
    • Turn the cover the right sides out, through the slit you made in the one piece of the fabric cover.
    • Push out all corners and smooth out the cover. Press well!
    • Set aside and make the desired book pages.
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  • 04 of 06

    Directions for the Pages

    Inside the pages
    Debbie Colgrove/
    • Cut 6 pieces of the book body fabric 8 1/2" by 11"
    • Cut 3 pieces of batting 8 1/2" by 11"
    • Prepare the appliqués from the book page templates as you did to make the book cover appliqués.
    • Design each page and finish the appliqués as you did for the cover.
    • Baste a piece of batting to the wrong side of every other page piece. (Two-page pieces will make one page and you only want one piece of batting inside each page.)
    • Place two pages right sides together, stitch 3 sides of the page together. Trim excess seam allowance and batting. Make diagonal trims at the corners.
    • Turn right side out and press.
    • Zigzag along the raw edge just to hold the page together and condense the edge.
    • Repeat for all of the pages.
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  • 05 of 06

    Join the Pages

    Join the pages
    Debbie Colgrove/
    • Stack your book pages, lining up the edges and baste the pages together along the zigzagged edges. Zigzag the zigzagged edges together to condense the bulk if desired.
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  • 06 of 06

    Attach the Book Cover

    Cover Placement
    Debbie Colgrove/
    • Lay the zigzagged edges of the pages on the open book cover. Line up the zigzagged edges with the slit center marking. Pin the stacked pages to the back cover to prevent them from shifting.
    • Fold the cover over the pages. Pin the cover edges together at the open edge of the book, lining up the edges while you pin.
    • Stitch 3/4" away from the folded edge of the book cover to stitch the pages into the book. Backstitch at both edges.