I have been playing with felt lately in my quest to make a quiet book (my very first) based on fine motor and life skill development. That book is doing very well and is almost done. With my youngest turning 2 next month I thought to make her her own quiet book filled with things that would interest her.
Update: It has been almost a year since I made this quiet book! It is still holding up well despite a few missing apple loose pieces.(I need to replace them!) It is a much handled book and was well worth the make!
This is how to make a quiet book the no sew way.
To make a quiet book you will need.
- A shape to trace or measurements for your desired size felt pages (I used a broken board book)
- pen / marker
- felt of a base color (light green in mine)
- hot glue gun or equivalent glue
- velcro for securing books tab (I used a velcro dot)
Firstly decide on how many pages you are going to make. Then measure or trace the pages and cut them out. I have used a broken potty training board book as it was a great size and made a rather nice quiet book template.
Also cut a cover for your book by adding a spine between 2 page. Don’t cut alone the spine.
Heat up the glue gun and get ready to assemble your blank quiet book. What I wanted to do here was have a nice page fold that would hold up to toddlers pulling. I went with hot gluing each page together first.
1. Line up your page.
2. Gently fold over the page and squeeze out a line of hot glue along the edge.
3. Flip the page back and press together to ensure good glue contact between the 2 pages.
4. Line up the next page on top of the two you just glued and repeat step 2 and 3 until all are glued together.
You now have a secured sandwich of felt pages and are ready to make a quiet book!
Bring out your cover and make a glue line next to the spine to attach the pages to the cover in the same way you did above.
Zigzag the glue along the stack of pages, close the cover and firmly press the spine to get a smooth effect.
You can see below an example of pressing the spine. Open the book and add another line of glue to the first page near spine to get a closed and neat look to your first page, just like the rest of the book!
I had to trim my cover and a few pages once I was done to get an even look. Lastly fit the books tab and glue it to the back of the book. I have not added my felt dot for the front yet as I want to wait to see how fat the book is going to turn out before I secure the tab to close.
And there we have it! An empty felt book all ready for you to fill full of fascinating things for your little one!
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Have you ever made a felt quiet book? How did it turn out, any tips and tricks to share on how to make a quiet book?