We made it to the home stretch! So far, we’ve made 12 pages (6 front and back pages) for a quiet book: check out tutorials part 1, part 2, and part 3. Now it’s time to put it all together and complete the project!
There are many ways to bind a quiet book. You can use a combination of grommets, binder rings, ribbon, button holes… the sky is the limit! I prefer a more kid-proof method, though, inspired by this post, where you sew the pages onto a binding which is then attached to the cover. It may be a little more work, but it’s super sturdy and I don’t worry about it coming apart! So let’s dive in and finish up this book so the kids can play with it.
- 9″x3″ piece stiff fusible Pellon (like we used for the fabric postcard)
- 10″x4″ fabric to cover Pellon
- 2 pieces 21″x10″ fabric (can be the same or different)
- 21″x10″ batting
- 2 pieces 2″x5″ (again, can be the same or different)
- 2″x5″ fusible interfacing
- 1.5″ piece Velcro
- 1 package jumbo rick rack (optional)
- Coordinating thread
To create the binding, iron the Pellon into the center of the back of the 10″x4″ fabric. Fold the edges back and sew around, tucking in the corners (first picture below). Then turn it over and attach each page with a straight stitch, being sure to backstitch several times at the top and bottom (this is where the stitching will undergo the most stress). You can see the first page attached in the middle below, then each subsequent page was about 1/2″ further to the right. When you’re done, you’ll see it’s starting to look like a book!
Once you’ve bound it, you need to make the cover. Place one of the 21″x10″ pieces of fabric on top of the batting. Lay your rick rack around the edge, lining it up with the edge (you can see, my choice of one-sided rick rack wasn’t the best… but it’s sort of a neat effect in the end). The corners are a little tricky – this was my first time using rick rack in this type of application, so I folded and flipped at the corners. If you’re more experienced, you probably have a better method! Baste it in place a scant 1/4″ from the edge all the way around. Then place the other 21″x10″ piece of fabric right side down and sew around the edge with 1/2″ seam allowance, leaving a 3″ opening on one edge. Clip the corners, turn right side out, and topstitch 1/4″ around the edge, folding the opening in before stitching it. Then place the bound pages in the center of the cover and sew around the edge of the Pellon twice to secure (I found the zipper foot was handy, and had to go at it from an angle at some parts). See the photos below for a visual:
To create the closure, iron the fusible interfacing to one of the 2″x5″ pieces of fabric; place the 2 pieces of 2″x5″ fabric right sides together and sew around 3 sides (leave a short side open). Clip the 2 corners and turn right side out. Roll the open edge into the tube you just created, and topstitch all the way around the piece 1/4″ from the edge. Attach the hook piece of Velcro to the end of the tab. Attach the other end of the tab to the center edge of the back cover (see photo below). Sew the loop part of the Velcro onto the cover, at a 90 degree angle – this gives you some wiggle room for closing the book. And that’s it! Your quiet book is complete! Now sit back and admire your work 🙂
I meant to add some applique to the front, maybe with the kids’ names or something, but quite honestly I got so excited about doing rick rack that I forgot! I may come back with some puffy paints and add a design later, but for now I’m happy with the finished product.
I have armed you with the instructions – now go make a gorgeous quiet book for a special little someone in your life!