If you missed my other pages dedicated to Quiet Books, here they are:
Now we're on to binding my pages.
Once I had all my pages completed I had to decide how I was going to bind them together.
I had decided early on that I should make the pages removable, so the book could be taken apart and shared with siblings and I could add to it as time went on.
So the best approach I could think of to do this was to invest in Grommets.
I bought two different types.
1. A kit with small grommets and pliers from JoAnns
2. And a kit with larger ones from Roberts (which doesn't exist anymore-- boo-hoo).
But here's something like what I purchased from Amazon.
1. Completed Quiet book pages
2. Grommet pliers
STEP ONE:Once all the pages are completed, pin them together with right sides facing each other.
STEP TWO: Sew around three of the sides leaving the side where the felt binding is going to be open.
Warning: Don't sew part of your page into the seams.
Flip pages right side out.
STEP THREE: Cut felt so that there is enough to be folded on each side.
STEP FOUR: Pin and sew first side of the felt.
STEP FIVE: Fold down the top of the felt- pin. Fold the rest of the felt in half on the sides- pin.
STEP SIX: Sew around the entire felt binding.
STEP SEVEN: Using the grommit pliers, make two holes into the felt where the grommets will be placed.
Because these pliers are meant for much smaller grommets than I was using, I widened the hole with my scissors.
These are the tools that I bought in the kit from Roberts (plus a lot more grommet rings).
The order to placing things is:
1. whatever that thing is
2. that grommet
4. Next grommet
5. Umm, that thing
6. Hammer or Mallet.
STEP EIGHT: Bang, Bang, hammer it all together until the grommets are all stuck together.
STEP NINE: All done, so simple, yet professional looking.
Please stay tuned for Tomorrow, where I'll share the Completed Book!