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Quiet Book Sew-Along: Overview {Free 12 Page Book Tutorial!}

2016 April 5

Today is a momentous day, the Quiet Book Sew-Along is finished! I am so glad that to share this book and I am excited to know that there are so many of you that want to make one too! I will always treasure the Quiet Books I have made for my kids – and hope they treasure them later on as well. (I should find the one I made my oldest and post it. I made it when I was a “sewing newbie” and cringe looking at it now – let’s just say my tastes have changed a bit! *edit* The very first Quiet Book is now posted!)

Welcome! Find everything you need to sew this Quiet Book here. All post listings, links, buttons and more. All of this information was posted in a Sew-Along tab at the top of the blog. I’ve decided to move everything here to keep things simpler. You can also find a link to all of this information on the right sidebar.

(pages pictured above are from the original Quiet Book)

This 12 page Quiet Book Sew-Along is finished! These pattern pieces and tutorials will be always be available, so feel free to join in whenever you can.

Please share your quiet books!

  • Join up on Flickr. Join our Sew-Along Flickr group and post your photos, comment and see what other members are sewing as we go. (I did a little tutorial on joining Flickr and posting photos to help you out!) *Note – this page has not been updated recently
  • Post photos on Facebook!
  • Post photos on Twitter or Instagram! Hashtag your Sew-Along posts with #quietbooksewalong and/or #alongforthreadride
  • Blog about it! Blog your progress, it provides a place for you to let us know more about your process!


Click on the photos or text below to access each post.

*edited* The First Original Quiet Book is now posted as well! I finally photographed my oldest’s book with new page ideas not in this tutorial set.

The Original Quiet Book: 

Original Book Construction Original Book Pages 1-6 Original Book Pages 7-12


Quiet Book Sew-Along: Overview (If you are new, start here!) Yardage Overview: Week 1 (Cover & Page Fabrics, Interfacing, Binding) Flickr Update (Where to find us and a Tutorial on joining the Quiet Book Flickr group)

Page Construction Tutorials:

House Page – Materials List: Week 2 House Page – Printable Pattern & Tutorial: Week 3 Mitten Page – Materials List: Week 4
Mitten Page – Printable Pattern & Tutorial: Week 5 Purse/Pocket Photo Album Page – Materials & Printable Pattern: Week 6 Pocket Photo Album Page Tutorial: Week 7
Purse Photo Album Page Tutorial: Week 8 Rainbow of Colours Page – Materials List: Week 9  Rainbow of Colours Page – Tutorial: Week 10
Puzzle Page – Fabric Prep: Week 11 Telephone Page – Materials: Week 12 Telephone Page – Pattern & Tutorial: Week 13
Abacus Page – Materials & Tutorial: Week 14 Button the Flower – Materials, Pattern & Tutorial: Week 15 Tie a Shoe - Materials, Pattern & Tutorial: Week 16
Puzzle – Materials & Tutorial: Week 17 Buckle Up Page – Materials & Tutorial: Week 18 Teddy Bear Page – Materials, Pattern & Tutorial: Week 19
Race Track Page – Materials, Pattern & Tutorial: Week 20 Page Assembly – Materials & Tutorial: Week 21 Cover Assembly – Materials & Tutorial: Week 22

 Want more tutorials and posts like these? Follow below and come #alongforthreadride. Thank you!

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  1. Kathryn Potter permalink
    May 6, 2016

    This looks wonderful. I have my first great grandson and can’t wait to start this for him. You did a great job on both and I love the ideas. Thank you so much.

  2. Nanna Ray permalink
    July 8, 2016

    Thanks so much for these tutorials. I have been planning a QB for my youngest grandson and your tutes will be a bonus. Hopefully will have one finished for Xmas this year.

    • July 10, 2016

      Hooray! I’m so glad :) I’m sure it will be amazing and he’ll love it!

  3. Peaches permalink
    August 1, 2016

    These are fantastic ideas! I love how some of them are fun stuff and others are educational, like the pants and belt page, and the belly button? TOO CUTE! My best friend in the whole wide world is due to have a baby in the fall, and now I can’t wait to make a book for them!

  4. charlotte permalink
    August 27, 2016

    Hi! This is really nice. For which age do you think this is the perfect gift? I would love to make one but as I don’t have kids myself yet, I’m a bit in doubt..

    • August 30, 2016

      Hi Charlotte. I think it works well for kids from ages about 1-3. Though my kids still like looking through them! Some of the pages can be made into pillows or other things for older kids as well.

  5. Theresa Holz permalink
    September 11, 2016

    Recently, a young woman suggested we look into making similiar activity books but for alzheimer patients. Still chewing on ideas.

    • September 13, 2016

      I’ve heard this also Theresa! Lots of great ideas online for them, and they are also good as quilt blocks to make a lap quilt!

  6. Violette permalink
    November 13, 2016

    I am enjoying this. I have copied the other one from 2014 and I am now copying this one – don’t want to miss out on anything. I will be making this for my adorable Grandson. When my children were small I made 14 quiet books for them and they used them a lot, but now I would like to make these as well. I would like my Grand Children to have special from me to keep for after I am gone. Thank you.

  7. March 9, 2017

    Oh, this is just amazing!! I cannot believe all of the meticulous work that goes into one of these! I’m just sitting here with my mouth open, staring! :) Lisa

    • March 10, 2017

      Oh my goodness, Lisa! Thank you SO MUCH! I’m so glad you like it. It is a lot of work, but the end result is so worth it!

  8. March 29, 2017

    I made 2 MANY years ago for my daughter, so I know how well the kids love the books! Yours look amazing! I have one question… I have been reading and don’t see anywhere where the size of the page is mentioned…are they 12×12 or is that to big? To a point I know it is however big I want it, but for the acitvity that yours have…how big do you recommend for a page? I just got my last grand child (a boy) 2 weeks ago and want to start making his book now.

    • April 3, 2017

      Hi Cheri! (Great name by the way!) Thanks so much! Each page in this tutorial is roughly 8″ or so wide by 9″ or so high. I found this was nice for the kids to play with and was still manageable to carry around :) Hope that helps!

  9. Patricia Ramirez permalink
    April 2, 2017

    Felicitaciones, yo empezare muy pronto a realizar mi primer libro callado. Cuando quieres que el niño complete, por ejemplo, árbol y espacios en blanco para pegar manzanas, que material usado

    • April 3, 2017

      ¡Me alegra tanto que te guste! ¡Gracias! Usted podría intentar usar fieltro para su proyecto, que podría funcionar bien para pegarlos juntos. Tal vez pruebe una pieza primero para probarla antes de coserla.

  10. Janet permalink
    October 20, 2017

    Thank you for this tutorial. I made beautiful quiet books for me year-0ld twin granddaughters and can say they love them. However, I have recently had to remove the ribbon that was eased to put pages into the covers and replace with grommets. Perhaps because they were young, the pages got all twisted together. I will use grommets from now on.

    • November 6, 2017

      I’m so glad you made the books Janet! Great tip on the ribbons – thanks for letting us know!

  11. Michaela permalink
    March 18, 2018

    Thanks so much for this great tutorial. Now I learned not only how to create the pages but also how to bring everything together. I’ll make one for my second grandson.

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