No Sew Quiet Book

Happy Monday! We have a special guest post today – a tutorial for a No Sew Quiet Book. Thanks so much for posting for us today Amanda! Take it away…

Hi! I’m Amanda and I blog over at Dirt and Boogers. I blog all about the fun things I do with my young toddler. I have worked with kids in lots of different capacities before motherhood and have always had a passion for PLAY! Now that I’m a Mom, I have the joy of staying at home and playing with my son everyday!

Have you seen those quiet books for toddlers that are sewn out of felt and are chalked full of activities for toddlers? They are so cute and such great tools for little ones. I’ve been enviously looking at quiet books for a long time and trying to wrap my brain around how to make one for J.

You see…quiet books require a certain amount of sewing, and I loath sewing! I own a sewing machine but only bring it out to make pillows or hem pants. Every time I work on a sewing project I end up in tears and wanting to throw my machine out the window.

So, I had this to ponder…”How can I make J a quiet book without sewing?”. 

After a very long trip to the craft store, I had a plan and all the supplies I needed to make my own no sew quiet book!

Supplies:

  •  Grey foam board 
  • Cardstock 
  • 4-5 Sheets of felt 
  • Black denim fabric, 1/4 yard 
  • Poly-fil 
  • Scraps of yarn 
  • Needle and thread 
  • Buckle (I took mine off and old backpack) 
  • Snaps 
  • Grommets with tools (can be bought together in same package) 
  • Zipper 
  • Shoe laces 
  • Hem tape 
  • Scissors, Exacto knife 
  • Hot Glue 
  • Spray Adhesive

The first step was to cut frames out of the foam cord board. I made 4, one for each page in the book. I also cut out 5 pieces of cardstock the same size of the frames for the backing of the pages. 

Lacing Page

  • Use spray adhesive to glue down a piece of felt onto cardstock. 
  • Cut the denim to size of the cardstock and cut it in half in the middle. Hem the middle seams and the lower seam with hem tape. 
  • Hammer in the grommets using the tool kit provided in the package of grommets. 
  • Hot glue the sides and top of the fabric onto the cardstock. Leave the bottom open. 
  • Fold a shoelace in half and glue it down on the bottom on the page in the middle. 
  • Glue on a grey frame. Make sure the fabric is not glued down on the bottom so the child can lift it while lacing.

Buckle Page

  • Glue felt onto cardstock 
  • Hot glue buckle ends onto cardstock. 
  • Hot glue frame onto cardstock

Zipper Page


  • Cut the denim to size of the cardstock and cut it in half in the middle. Hem the middle seams and the lower seam with hem tape. 
  • Hot glue zipper into middle hem (yes, you could sew this and do it the proper way) 
  • Attach picture onto cardstock 
  • Hot glue the sides and top of the fabric onto the cardstock. Leave the bottom open. 
  • Hot glue frame onto cardstock.

Shape Snap Page

  • Cut 2 of each shapes out of felt. 
  • Stitch on one side of snap onto one of the shapes. 
  • Sew (or hot glue) ribbon onto felt shape. 
  • Stitch the two shapes together using a sharp needle and yarn. Leave a side open to stuff with polyfil. Close up seam after stuffing. 
  • Repeat the last three steps for the other two shapes. 
  • Stitch other side of snap onto large felt piece. Make sure that when the shapes are snapped down that they don’t get in the way of the frame when put together. 
  • Glue down felt using spray adhesive to cardstock. Since J will be pressing down on this page to do the snaps, I doubled up on the cardstock to reinforce it a bit. 
  • Hot glue the end of ribbon to card stock. 
  • Hot glue frame onto cardstock

Cover page

  • Use grey foam board and cut it to size of the frames. 
  • Decorate as you wish

All the pages 

  • Cut 3 holes in side of pages for binding. This was difficult due to the thickness of the board. They turned out a bit messy…so 
  • Attach grommets into holes to make it cleaner. 
  • When all grommets are in, lace up with a shoe lace for binding. Make sure it’s a bit loose so that the pages turn easily.

 

And SNAP! A new sew quiet book for your toddler! 

The best thing about this book is that everything is attached so you don’t have to worry about losing pieces!

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