In the previous article we mentioned a list of all the materials you would need to make a Quiet Book. In this post we will show you how to make your own Quiet Book in 10 steps.
Read the steps through before you start.
Choosing the right template and the right design
Before choosing a template or pattern, you should think about the activities and topics that your child is interested in in their current developmental phase.
Make sure that the activities you want to encourage with your Quiet Book are age-appropriate. If your child feels overwhelmed or does not understand certain activities, they will quickly lose interest in the Quiet Book. Conversely, it can also be that they feel under-challenged, even then they will not be very interested in the book.
Collect ideas on Pinterest
Pinterest is a real treasure trove for ideas for creating a quiet book. The best thing to do is to create a folder to record the creative ideas that appeal to you the most. This way you don't lose track and you have all the pins in one place.
Do you have enough ideas? Then it comes to the design. Write down everything that is relevant to your Quiet Book on a piece of paper or in a Word file. Don't forget the design for the front and back and write down the order of the individual pages.
Make the front page attractive and colorful. If you choose a favorite motif for your child, for example their favorite animal, a rainbow, a car in their favorite color or a fairy with glittering wings, they will be even more interested in the Quiet Book.
Ready-made instructions or would you prefer your own pattern?
When you have gathered all the ideas and created a first draft for your Quiet Book, you can either make your own sewing pattern or buy a ready-made pattern on a platform such as Etsy. There you will find a number of shops that offer themed patterns with detailed details to sew yourself.
If you already have very specific ideas for your Quiet Book or don't want to spend money on the pattern, I recommend that you first make a draft on paper. You can then scan it to use vector graphics software on your computer. A free tool I can recommend is Inkscape, a 2-D CAD program. With it you can trace and adjust curves and lines, adjust the size and optimize.
Complete? Then you can now convert the individual patterns into pages.
Calculate the material requirements for your Quiet Book
Select the cotton fabrics that you want to use for each side. I recommend that you use a more reserved color or a neutral background. This allows your child to concentrate on the individual activities and not be too distracted.
In order for a quiet book with six activity pages to be visually appealing, you need about 10 different colors for the felt.
Calculate in advance what amount of fabric and what material you will need. This also gives you a good overview of the costs and allows you to adjust something if necessary. At the same time, you save yourself costly repeat orders or another time-consuming visit to the handicraft shop.
Purchasing the materials
The next step is to get all of the materials needed to make your quiet book. Check out our blog post, " The Right Material To Make Your Quiet Book - Our Top Tips " for a full list of the materials you will need to make it.
Based on your design or the pattern you bought, you can now buy all the fabrics and haberdashery you need for your Quiet Book.
The effort involved in producing a quiet book is enormous. So don't forget to get Vlieseline and the various inlays, only they give your book the necessary strength. After all, you want your child to play with their Quiet Book for a long time and then pass it on to younger siblings or children among relatives and friends.
You may first have to invest in a cutter, rotary cutter, and cutting mat. The purchase is worthwhile, not only for the production of further Quiet Books, but also for numerous sewing and handicraft projects.
Is everything complete or is something still missing? Sewing will be quicker when you have everything together.
Iron-on fleece and inserts to reinforce the individual sides
In order to give the individual pages of your Quiet Book enough stability, you use iron-on inserts, which are available in different thicknesses. They are placed on the wrong side of the fabric to be reinforced and then ironed on at the appropriate temperature. In the handicraft shop you can get iron-on fleece from the roll, sometimes even pre-cut.
First cut the iron-on fleece in the format you have chosen for your Quiet Book. Only then do you cut the fabric, but slightly larger than the iron-on fleece, at least 1 cm more on each side.
Next, the fabric to be reinforced must be carefully ironed so that it is wrinkle-free. Completed? Now switch off the steam function on your iron. Then place the iron-on stabilizer with the shiny side down on the left side of the fabric, i.e. on the side that will not be visible later.
After all sides have been reinforced with iron-on fleece, you can now cut off the excess fabric around the insert to get the right size for each side.
Prepare the individual applications
Now we continue with the design of the individual activity pages. This step is time consuming as there are many small pieces to be cut out.
I recommend that you plan enough time and quiet for this and cut out the respective applications page by page. Only when all parts are complete do you continue with the next page, so you don't lose track of things.
So that nothing gets mixed up, it makes sense to label each part on the back with the page number. You can then keep the cut-out applications in a small paper bag until they are sewn, one for each side, so everything stays clear and nothing is lost.
Design of the individual pages
Now it's time to sew on the individual applications. This is a very demanding work step. Pin the individual pieces in place or baste them on with a few stitches so that nothing can slip while sewing. The longer the stitches, the less resilient the seams are. It is therefore important to work with a short stitch length, after all, your Quiet Book should withstand extensive play. Sew at the slowest possible pace so that the stitches stay clean and regular even in tight turns. Complete? Remove all pins and any basting threads.
Sew the individual sides together
After all activity pages are ready, the pages are stiffened again by placing a layer of polyester wadding between two squares of fabric.
Carefully pin the sides together - two each, left inside left and with a layer of polyester wadding in between - carefully. Then sew about 0.5 cm with lock stitch along the four edges. Remove the pins.
Mark the edge that will later disappear into the inner seam. For a clean finish, the two sides are now edged with bias tape along the top and bottom edges and on the outer edge, so nothing can fray.
The final step - putting the pages and covers together
Finally, we come to the final step, which is to put the pages and cover of the Quiet Book together.
The activity pages are placed on top of each other in the correct order and stitched on the side that is not bias taped. It is helpful if you have stapled the pages together by hand beforehand so that nothing can slip.
Finally, the cover and back of the cloth book are also placed on the pages that are already connected to one another and also stitched on the edge. So that nothing frays, the edge is trimmed with a piece of cotton fabric or wider bias tape.