Quiet Book Tutorial and Templates

 

Well, here are all my secrets, sources, and sewing tips from the quiet book I debuted a few weeks ago.  I hope that they will be useful to you and will inspire you to create one of these books too!

I simply ask that if you use any of my original templates or ideas that you kindly link them back here, just as I’ve done with the templates that were not my own ideas.  Other than that, enjoy them all!

quiet book tutorial, templates, and tricks

 

To create the quiet book page:

You will need lots of muslin.  This material is super durable and easy to work with.

1. Decide on your desired page size and create a template.  To make things easy on myself I decided to use a piece of 12×12 scrapbook paper as my template. 

quiet book scrapbook paper template

 

2. Fold the muslin in half so you can get two pages with just one set of cutting!

quiet book muslin template diy

 

3. Trace your template onto the folded piece of muslin

diy quiet book template tracing

12x12 page template for quiet book

 

Step 4: Place pins in each of the four corners (to ensure identical size in both layers of muslin) and cut out your page.  I’m not a fan of rotary cutters so I just used plain scissors.

diy quiet book template page

 

Step 5: Decorate those pages! (Templates are below…read on).  After you have sewn all of your felt shapes onto the pages you will turn two pages together, right sides facing. (sorry no pics of this!)

I also used a layer of interfacing between the pages (for extra “oomph”).  If using a layer of interfacing you will need to cut it the same size of the pages (12×12 in my case.)

Step 6: 

Layer the pages as shown in the *lovely* diagram below to make a little “page sandwich”:

quiet book page construction instructions diy

 

Step 7: Use LOTS of pins and pin the pages together (as shown above)  Sew, using a 1/2 seam allowance around the edges of your “page sandwich”.  BE SURE TO LEAVE 3 INCHES UNSEWN ON ONE SIDE!

Step 8: Use the opening you left to pull your pages through so they are facing the right way. The interfacing should now be sandwiched between the two pages (which are now facing, right sides out, away from each other).

Step 8: Hand stitch the opening closed.

 

Now for the fun stuff! 

Here are links to templates for each page.  When you click on the “Adventures of Our Fami-Ly” links you’ll end up in my Google Docs and can just print the template from there.  If I used a template from another site you can click on through and print from their site.

 

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Template: Homemade by Jill

 

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Template: Quiet Book Blog

 

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Template: Adventures of Our Fami-Ly, Quiet Book Blog

 

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Template: Homemade by Jill, Adventures of Our Fami-Ly

 

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Template: Homemade by Jill

 

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Templates: Adventures of Our Fami-Ly (page 1), Adventures of Our Fami-Ly (page 2)

 

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Template: Adventures of Our Fami-Ly

 

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Template: Adventures of Our Fami-Ly

 

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Template: Adventures of Our Fami-Ly

 

*I used binder rings to hold all the pages together. If you want to do this simply put eyelets or grommets on one side of your page.  You can use a piece of notebook paper to give you a template for holes that are evenly spaced apart.*

 

To make the cover:

Step 1: Cut two rectangles of fabric: To find your width: (page width x 2) + the diameter of your rings + 2″ for overhang + 1″ seam allowance. To find your height: page height + 2″ for overhang + 1″ seam allowance.

Since I had lots of muslin left over I used it and a piece of printed cotton.

quiet book cover templates

 

Step 2: Turn the fabric right sides facing, and sew them together using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.  BE SURE TO LEAVE 3 INCHES OF FABRIC UNSEWN!

quiet book cover instructions

 

Step 3: Using the 3 inch opening, pull your fabric right sides out then hand stitch the opening closed.

diy quiet book cover making instructions

 

Step 4: Make a strap to hold the cover closed.  Cut a strip of fabric 8 inches x approximately 14 inches. (Your length will be based on the thickness of your book)

 

Step 5: Fold the strip of fabric in half (so it is now 4 inches) and pin the opened side.

quiet book cover strap tutorial

 

Step 6: Stitch completely around the rectangle’s perimeter using a 1/4 seam allowance.

quiet book strap instructions

 

Step 7: Stitch a piece of sew-on Velcro to one end of the strap Fold your cover in half and decide where you’d like the strap to attach (this is on the front cover.) Then, sew on the other side of the Velcro in that spot.

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Step 8: Place your finished pages inside the cover (this will give you an accurate placement of your strap).  Attach one end of your strap to the book using the Velcro pieces you already sewed on.  Then, bring the strap around the book to the back.  Pin where you want the end of the strap to go.

diy quiet book cover strap

If your strap is too long (like above), just cut off the end where you placed your pin.

 

Step 9: Carefully take your pages out of the cover and sew the strap to the back side of the cover.

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Step 10: This step is optional if you want to attach your pages with binder rings. 

Open your cover flat and mark the center.  Then measure half the diameter of your rings to the left and right of the center mark.  Use the same template you used to mark the holes on the quiet book pages and place in your eyelets or grommets.  (sorry no pictures of this step)

 

Well, that’s how you make a quiet book. 

Plus many hours of sewing.

If you have made a quiet book, or use any of my ideas, I’d love to see them!  I think these little books are so cool and a great way to teach children different skills.

 

 

Ps: Have you become a follower? I’d love to have you join the Fami-Ly via Google Friend Connect and the new way to follow….Linky Followers.  You can find both on the right here ——–>.

 

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Comments

  1. Following you via LF blog hop. Hope to see you at Take Six. :)

    What a beautiful book. A keepsake!

  2. .I am now following you on Linky follower. I would love to have you follow me back.I always enjoy meeting new bloggers.

  3. Absolutely fantastic! Been looking forward to the big reveal! I love it!

    Anne @ Domesblissity xx

  4. Love this tutorial and pinned it! I may need to try this out for my nieces & nephew …

    And am following you back on Linky.

    :)

    Linda

  5. Thanks so much for linky following me!! Right back at ya! I love your quiet book. I hope you’ll consider sharing it at my Kiss and Tell linky party happening right now. <3

  6. What a great quiet book tutorial! Those things are so wonderful! I have one that someone made for me as a baby that my son likes to play with now. I found you via the Linky hop and am now following! I’d love for you to visit me at One Artsy Mama; http://oneartmama.blogspot.com!

  7. That book is so genius! Love your blog, thanks so much for stopping by!

  8. WOW!! Love! I have a whole board of quiet book pins on Pinterest ~ adding this!! And thanks for visiting ~ following you back! :D

  9. Found you via the Linky hop and have become your newest follower. I hope you have a chance to visit and perhaps become a follower of mine as well.

  10. that is adorable! i wish i had a book like this when my kids were babies! :)

  11. this book is fabulous!! the soft cloths were my kids favorite! there is definitely a market for this!!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

  12. This is amazing!! Wow, you are a pro-sewer! Super cute :)

  13. This is gorgeous (so nice I wouldn’t give it t me kiddos! LOL!). You did an amazing job!

  14. This is adorable! Wow! A lot of hard work went into those pages! The Northwestern one is so cute!

  15. Hello!
    This book looks so nice.
    My daughter always wanted to make her this. Now I saw how you made I will try.
    Thank you for the idea!
    Have a nice day!

  16. Oh my gosh are you kidding!? This is amazing! :)

  17. Totally awesome!!! Thanks for sharing how you made it!!! I’m pinning this…

  18. Totally cute, and thanks for sharing the great tutorial. Love the book. I never had anything this cute when I was a kid. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday’s Best!

  19. I love quiet books of all kinds! This is a wonderful mix of fun and learning — and the tutorial is great! I would love it if you would come link up with Busy Monday (open Monday through Thursdays) at A Pinch of Joy, a linky party for ideas that make life better, easier and more fun!

  20. This is such a creative idea! I would love for you to stop by and link up at my linky party via: ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

    Mrs. Delightful
    Ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

  21. Wow! I love this! It is such a great mixture of education, fun, and creativity!

  22. This is so cute! Thanks for sharing. I am inspired to make some for baby showers I have coming up. Come link up anytime! I am over @ DearCreatives.com Have a great rest of your week!

  23. It is obvious that some time, effort and a lot of love went into this creative venture. So glad you shared it with us on BeColorful
    pam

  24. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday – you were featured today!
    —Mandy, http://www.SugarBeeCrafts

  25. This is just what I needed- a step by step tutorial on how to put a quiet book together. Thanks!!

  26. Oh so cute. Love the little piggy. I don’t think I saw Anything Goes linky at Bacon Time up there but would love for you to share your talents there. Thanks again for sharing your quiet book.

  27. How adorable! Thanks for all the photos!

  28. Fabulous! I need one of these so bad! I just wish I could sew! Just pinned this and would love for you to share with my readers if you get the chance: http://www.momontimeout.com/2012/02/taking-timeout-thursday-no18.html
    Have a great weekend!

  29. Fantastic job! With a little one on the way, I may have to start thinking of some cute quiet book pages to make my own.
    Thanks for linking up to this week’s Catch a Glimpse Party! I’ll be featuring this tomorrow!

  30. fabulous – wait that’s what everyone said. but seriously, it is.

  31. Wow – this is amazing! New follower via chic on a shoestring!
    Kyra @ caramelpotatoes.com

  32. Wow, wow, WOW! That looks SO great! You did a wonderful job…looks like a lot of work, but totally worth it. I’m so glad you shared this at Shine on Fridays!

  33. So absolutely adorable–great job! I came over from Catch a Glimpse http://redheadedmommycan.blogspot.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/RobugCouture

  34. What a great tutorial! So inspiring, and your pages are awesome, too. I will def be pinning this one :) Love your blog!

  35. Ok Sarah while you’re at making more portable recipes go ahead and make me a quiet book. Kthxbye! (Just kidding!) Love this! Need to make one for Sunday at church ASAP ;)

  36. Oh I love it. I want two for me and maybe one for my kids to share. Ha! I’m going to pin it and hope that someone makes me some! I’m such a slow sewer!

  37. Your book turned out great!! I have this on my list of things to do!! I am a new Linky Follower! Come and check out my blog if you have a chance!!

  38. Cute pages. I’ve been meaning to make some of these for years! Come check out my pattern giveaway, The Sidekick Suitcase, a mini kid sized suitcase. http://three65create.blogspot.com/2012/02/pattern-giveaway.html

  39. Oh, and I’m a new Linky Follower!

  40. Congratulations! Your quiet book was featured this week on Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy! Please feel free to stop by and grab a featured button from the button box! I hope you will link again!

  41. I am so totally impressed by this, I am going to show it off tonight on my blog!

    Carlee
    http://www.ladybirdln.com

  42. This is so cute. I started an alphabet book for my daughter a year or more ago and it is still unfinished. I am pinning this for inspiration to finish mine.

  43. Amazing job! I am just so impressed! Thanks so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday!

  44. What a fun book! You did a fabulous job! I would love if you would share with my readers on Blog Stalking Thursday! http://thecraftyblogstalker.blogspot.com/2012/02/blog-stalking-thursday-30.html

  45. Featuring this on One Artsy Mama tomorrow!

  46. GREAT!

  47. do you stuff your cover with anything to make it a little more on the Sturdy side? Does the interfacing in the pages create a sturdy page?

  48. I love this post! It inspired me to make my own.

  49. Love your quiet book! I got a lot of inspiration from it! Here is a link to the quiet book I made!
    http://aztoid.blogspot.com/2013/04/quiet-book-its-done.html

  50. Good day! I just would like to give you a big thumbs up for the great information you have got here on this post.
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