Friday, January 21, 2011

Quiet Book Cover



Looking for more quiet book ideas?  Check out my new book Quiet Book Patterns: 25 easy-to-make activities for your children now on sale at amazon.com.  Full of original ideas and includes a CD to print off templates!




I've been asked some questions about how I made the cover for my quiet books. I don't have a tutorial for you but I can give you a little info for those of you who would like it.


I used flannel for my cover, but any sturdy fabric will do.
I started out by cutting two 17 x 10 inch pieces of fabric.
Take one of those pieces and fold it in half to find the center.  Mark where you want your holes to be so they will line up with your pages.  You will then want to move out from the center 1/4-1/2 inch to the right of the center and to the left of the center and sew a button hole.  You will end up with six button holes all together.
Once you're done, carefully cut your button holes open.

I also added a pocket to the inside back cover.



You'll then want to make your closure strap.  Once done sandwich it in between your two 17 x 10 inch pieces, right sides together.  Sew together using a 1/4" seam allowance.  Leave an opening to turn right side out.  Then sew up your opening.  I added a top stitch all the way around once I was done.

Add a piece of velcro to the outside of book, lining it up with your closure strap.

Use ribbon to bind your pages into the book, sliding the ribbon through the button holes and through each page.  Then tie your ribbon to secure.


I hope this little bit of information will help you with your covers.
 Let me know if you have any other questions. Have fun making your books!


14 comments:

  1. your quiet book inspired me to make one for my kiddos for use on our flight yesterday. They loved it! Thanks for all the great ideas. I just punched holes in my pages with my crop-a-dial and put it in a 3 inch 3 ring binder. Worked well so that each kid could have a different page at a time instead of hoarding the whole book.

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  2. I want to thank you for taking the time to share all this information and templates and ideas for the Quiet book. I think they are absolutely adorable and plan to make one for my grandbaby! He isn't born yet so I have time to get started now and have it ready for when he is old enough to enjoy it. It will probably take me that long just because I am always so busy!!

    Thank you so much for the darling idea!

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  3. Hi, come over to my blog and see that I have awarded you a 'Stylish Blogger Award'. Thanks for being so stylish!!

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  4. Your Quiet Books are amazing. You obviously put a lot of thought and time into them. I'm very inspired to make one for my son, though inspired does not equal action unfortunately! Where do you find the time??

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  5. Hi, I love your solution for the covers. Thanks for sharing! They look sturdy, did you put anything between the flannel pieces? Or anything between the pellon pages?
    Thanks!

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    1. I didn't put anything between the flannel pieces. If I were to do it again I would though to make it a little sturdier. There is nothing between the pellon pages. They're plenty sturdy on their own.

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  6. Amy, I love your resources here! I am putting together a post on my blog Living and Learning at Home about helping children to be quiet during a church service. Part of what I'm doing is linking to people who have great ideas for this. I was wondering if I could possibly use one of your pictures above and link it to your quiet book things here. Please let me know!

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    1. Amy feel free to include a link and picture! Sounds like a great post. I'll have to stop by.

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    2. Thank you so much! My post is scheduled to be up August 9th.

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    3. Did I ever share the link to my post? If not, here it is! http://www.livingandlearningathome.com/2012/08/ultimate-guide-to-keeping-young.html Thanks again for letting me use your picture and post!

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  7. What a great quiet book. Would it be alright if I pinned this to my sewing board on Pinterest? (supermomnocape at yahoo dot com)

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  8. definitely will be making this but I think instead of using ribbon I may use rings so I can easily add/removed pages and attach them to the inside of the cover so when its closed you cant see the rings. thanks for the idea!

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    1. Be sure to check out my new quiet book cover tutorial where I used rings instead of ribbon here: http://www.serving-pink-lemonade.com/2014/05/how-to-make-fabric-quiet-book-cover.html

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