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The Great Quiet Book Sew-Along

2014 February 7

*Edit* Find all the Quiet Book Sew-Along Tutorials in the final post => Quiet Book Sew-Along Overview

(cue trumpet fanfare!) As the title says, we have quite a few people signed up so we can start our Quiet Book Sew-Along! I’m so excited to be doing this together! Aside from the fact that I will have another book “under my belt”, I’m mostly excited to be able to sew it with you!

If you are not sewing along don’t dismay, I’ve got you covered! These page tutorials and patterns are not only great for a quiet book – they can be used to make toddler pillows, t-shirt appliques and stuffies. Not to mention useful projects like a “learn to tie a shoe” toy for an older child. There are so many other options, I’m excited to see what you can come up with!

Still not convinced? I’ll be posting my usual assortment of tutorials and posts, so you can ignore the quiet book and pretend it’s not happening!

Since I like to plan things out, here are a few answers to questions you might have. It helps me to sort out the logistical side, and you will know where we are headed.

When will we finish the book?

  • Just in time for Christmas!
  • Each page, plus the page finishing/binding and the cover will take 2 or 3 weeks to complete. Since we have 40 weeks from now until the beginning of December and I’ve calculated using up 35 of those weeks to make our books. This will allow for anomalies and a break for me every once in a while – remember - No Stress!

What can I expect?

  • Every week (except those random unassigned 5) I will post either a material list, cutting instructions and/or a tutorial for making the page or finishing the book. Sometimes the cutting and making will be in the same week, but the material list will always be given 1 week ahead of time so you can get your fabrics ready.
  • I will try to post Sew-Along installments either on Wednesdays or Thursdays. I’m not going to promise, but I’ll definitely do my best!
  • There are a few pages that require specific items – the puzzle page uses number fabric, the telephone uses an iron-on transfer, the road page uses road fabric. I am sorting this out but it may mean that I find a way to sell kits for these specific pages. Let me know if you have ideas on how to best do this.

How can I keep track of the posts?

  • I will be adding a page link on my blog called “Sew-Along”. This will contain a list of each post as it is added + other some other information. I will also have a button for the Sew-Along available, should you want to add it to your blog.
How do I share my amazing book with the world?
  • This is up to you (feedback please!) - I am not sure if you would rather have a link-up party on each post – so you can link up progress photos/blog posts as you finish each step OR if you would rather have a Flicker group that you can contribute to. Please let me know and we’ll proceed as per the majority.** UPDATE: We have a Sew-Along Flickr group - come share your photos!
  • Post progress photos on Facebook!
  • Post progress photos on Twitter or Instagram! Hashtag your Sew-Along posts with #quietbooksewalong and/or #alongforthreadride
  • Blog about it! I will be providing a button that you can post on your blog if you’d like. And of course I would appreciate any links back to this Sew-Along (but they are by no means mandatory).

Any more questions?! Let me know. Hooray for next week’s start with the first official post!

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10 Responses leave one →
  1. BJB permalink
    May 22, 2016

    Wow! I was excited when I found this on Pinterest. I am an active great-grand-mother and have been wanting to start a Quiet Book, but have felt over-whelmed and wind up picking up fabric and things that are just sitting in the corner of the sewing area. All that said, having a plan that will allow me to say…this week, I’m going to sew one page…and here is the pattern and what I need…is just what I have needed. Although I am starting as you are finishing…it’s okay for me…as your details and instructions are great. Thank you!

    • May 24, 2016

      Hooray! I’m so glad! I hope it helps and you are able to make it exactly how you want :) Hooray!

  2. diane motley permalink
    August 25, 2017

    what fun! can’t wait.

  3. diane motley permalink
    August 25, 2017

    what fun…can’t wait!

  4. April 1, 2018

    Hello I am a first time grandmother and I would like to make one for my 2 year old grandson can you tell me a bit more what size is your pages and do you have anything between them do you have a tutorial on YouTube maybe

  5. Sally permalink
    July 4, 2018

    Hi Sherri, I’m quite late to the party as I’ve just found your website and this sew a long. I’m hoping to make a quiet book for my grandson so it’s perfect. I’ll only be making the relevant pages as he’s still quite little. I’m so excited to have found it and looking forward to making it.

    • July 4, 2018

      Hooray Sally! So fun to hear. That’s so great! I’m excited to hear how it went :)

  6. February 24, 2020

    Well I am extremely late to the party going by the previous posts – I have a year old grandson and my daughter is very into learning so your book is ideal for me, I have just spent the past 3 weeks scouring the internet and saved a few pictures and making things up as I go along – your quiet book just popped up and I haven’t put down my tablet since – this is just perfect and have gathered together my fabrics, old denim jeans of hubby’s that the legs can make 8 pages!!
    I am following your blog with great interest and find your instructions ideal
    Thank you so much

    • February 24, 2020

      Hi Lyn, I’m so glad you found it! Repurposing old denim is a fantastic way to make the pages! Thanks so much for letting me know.

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