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Fabric I Spy Book: Cover

Gift Idea: Fabric I Spy Book

December 14, 2011 Sarah Coggins
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I feel like I’m swimming in fabric remnants from various sewing projects. I’ve searched Pinterest for ideas of what to do with them. One idea shared on Skip To My Lou was to create a Fabric I Spy Book. Following the tutorial, I created this book for my son with a mix of solid and pieced fabric squares:

Fabric I Spy Book: Cover
Fabric I Spy Book: Pages 1-2
Fabric I Spy Book: Pages 3-4
Fabric I Spy Book: Pages 5-6
Fabric I Spy Book: Pages 7-8
Fabric I Spy Book: Pages 9-10
Fabric I Spy Book: Back

I am pleased with how it turned out, but, I confess, if I make another, I might try changing it up a bit to relocate the closure tab to the far side of the fabric square adjacent to the cover. This way all the pages could be folded to the inside and a spine created. Following the tutorial, my fabric I spy book ended up with “spine” side being open so it does not remain fully closed when fastened.

Supplies: fabric remnants; freezer paper; thread; velcro.


  • Mame Johnston December 16, 2011 at 9:23 am
    As I was looking at this adorable book idea, I recognized some of the fabrics in it that are some that we carried at Wish Upon a Quilt. It was so much fun seeing the creative way in which you used your scraps to make something so fun for your little one. Thanks for sharing.
  • scrapperjen December 19, 2011 at 4:37 pm
    I LOVE this idea!!!!!
  • Marty April 17, 2020 at 5:44 pm
    I just made the same type book, and I'm thinking that the tab should go all the way around and fasten back on itself in order to keep the book from unfolding on its own. Your thoughts?
    • Sarah Coggins May 7, 2020 at 2:36 pm
      I agree. I suggest making it in a true 'book' fashion and adding a spine. Then the tab will hold it closed. Both of my kids have enjoyed playing with this as toddlers, but it does pop open easily as designed.

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