In Depth Guide to Joining Quiet Book Pages – Part Two of Three
Welcome to my second post in the three-part series for joining the quiet book pages together. The last post went over how to prepare your page sheets before decorating them. I’m assuming at this point you have two designed sheets. For this post I had already completed a colorful animals sheet and an applique animals sheet and now we’ll go over how to join these two finished sheets together to have a finished page. The series will be continued next with how to attach the grommets and some of the troubleshooting I’ve gone through.
Creating your page
To start with you need two decorated sheets to join together. For this example the one sheet was reinforced with fusible fabric while the other sheet (or side of the page) wasn’t reinforced.
Attaching the pages together
If there are dangly bits on the page start by pinning those pieces away from the edges to make sure they won’t get sewn into the seam as the page is sewn closed. Lay the pages right sides together with the back of the pages facing out. Make sure that the grommet spaces are on the same side and will make sense after sewing and putting right side out. If you choose to add a crinkle aspect to the page (I used an empty diaper wipe refill bag in this example though I’ve read of others using empty cereal bags) make sure it’s not between the facing pages. I placed mine down first and then laid the pages together. Once everything is aligned properly pin around the edges to keep it stable while sewing.
Trim away any excess fabric that you may have so the edges of the page doesn’t bunch up.
Put the page right side out and confirm everything looks great. If there’s a hole at any spot along the seam you can always put it inside out again and sew over that section once more. The blank space left on the side of the page is for the grommets. If you want to sew a margin for the grommets mark a vertical line about 2 or so inches into the page.
Sew along the opening to close the quiet book page and sew along the vertical line to create the margins. To reinforce the end of the page you could sew over the end more than once and you could always add a decorative stitch.
If you want a more hidden seam you can leave a smaller space open while sewing around the edges and once you put the page right side out hand sew it closed with thread matching the fabric.
Then trim any excess fabric sticking out from where you sewed it closed.