Hi friends! I discovered an easier way to bind quiet book page edges and I wanted to share it with you. (If you’re looking for my original quiet book page binding tutorial, it can be found here). Let’s get started!
So you have your adorable quiet book patterns, you’ve made your amazing quiet book page. Now what? In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to bind quiet book page edges to finish your page like a pro.
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Sewing Machine & Thread
Preparing Binding Strips
To start, you’ll need cotton fabric in your choice of color. Measure 2.25 inches from the edge of the fabric. Mark the fabric with a disappearing ink pen.
Make a small cut in the fabric at the mark.
Rip (at the 2.25 inches wide mark) the entire length of the fabric (about 40 inches long).
Your strip should now be 2.25 inches x 40 inches. Iron the strip so it’s nice and flat. (If you have more than one page to bind, repeat for additional strips.)
Ironing Binding Strip
Fold your strip in half long-ways, and iron along the folded edge.
Un-fold the top edge of the strip.
Fold the top edge down, about 1/2 inch.
Iron the top folded edge.
Re-fold your strip long-ways.
Re-iron the top edge so it lays nice and flat.
Attaching Binding Strip To Page
Line-up the frayed edge of your folded binding strip with the outside edge of your quiet book page. The folded top edge of your strip should be roughly 1/3 of the way down from the top of the page.
Start about 1 inch past the folded top edge of your strip. Sew 1/4 inch in from the right edge of the page with a straight stitch.
Sewing Binding Strip Corners
Stop sewing 1/4 inch from the bottom edge of the page.
Lift the presser foot, pull the page out from beneath the presser foot (do NOT cut the thread), and rotate the page (so the binding strip is now at the top of the page).
Fold the loose part of the binding strip straight up (the right frayed edge of the strip should line up with the right edge of the page).
Fold the strip straight down (the top folded edge of the strip should line up with the top of the page. The right frayed edge of the strip should line up with the right edge of the page).
Be sure the top edge of the strip lines up with the top edge of your page.
Move the page back under the presser foot. Sew 1/4 inch in from the right edge of the page with a straight stitch.
Repeat for all four page sides (RECAP: Sew 1/4 inch from the right edge of the page, stop 1/4 inch from bottom edge, rotate page, fold strip up (line up right edge of strip with right edge of page), fold strip down (line up top edge of strip with top edge of page), then continue sewing 1/4 inch from the right edge of the page)
Ending Binding Strip
Once you get back to the starting point, stop.
The strip should overlap the starting point by about 1 inch. Cut any excess fabric.
Tuck the overlap inside the folded edge at the starting point (it should go between the two layers – not underneath)
With the end of your strip tucked inside the starting point, continue your straight stitch to finish your binding.
Folding Over Binding
The finished first side of your binding should look like this.
Turn your quiet book page over.
Fold the binding strip over to the back side.
When in place, the folded binding should cover the white stitch line on the page. Use wonder clips to hold the binding in place.
At the corner, first fold the top side over, then the left side to create a straight corner (use the white stitch line as a guide for where to fold)
Continue folding the binding over to cover the stitch line. Use wonder clips to hold it in place.
With all the sides folded over, and the wonder clips in place, it should look like this.
Finishing The Quiet Book Page Binding
Machine sew 1/4 inch in from the page edge, with a straight stitch all the way around the quiet book page. (You do not need to do anything special at the corners, simply stop 1/4 from the bottom, rotate the page and continue sewing)
Your finished quiet book page binding should look like this.
Congratulations, you did it!
Quiet Book Page Patterns
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