Sunday, December 20, 2020

How To Gain The Most New Followers with Instagram Giveaways

How to gain the most new followers with Instagram giveaways

Hello friends, just to give you a heads up of where I'm coming from with this.  I ran a giveaway blog for a few years, I have a small business that I've hosted giveways for, and I love love love entering giveaways I find online. 

Hosting a giveaway can be a surprising amount of work, and it's really defeating to do all the cordidianting, picture taking, and post boosting only to have your giveaway flop by getting only a handful of entries so I thought I might take a minute and share what I've learned about how to get the most bang for your buck when hosting a giveaway. 

1st - Consider what you are giving away  


The broader the appeal the more entries you'll get.  You'll get less entries if you are giving away a specific item vs. giving people an option to pick their prize, even if its from a small pool (even two different items helps), the broader the choice options the more entrants you'll get.   

Example: If you have a t-shirt design you love and you want to do a giveaway for it, consider: 
    • Tons of people like t-shirts and clothing
    • Not all of those people have your same sense of style or humor

Instead of giving away the t-shirt you love you could: 
    • Let them choose between a few of your favorite designs 
    • Let them choose a t-shirt of their choice from the shop of your choice 
    • Give them a gift card to said shop and let them work it out themselves
    • Give them $$$ and let them shop however and wherever they like, while showing off and promoting the item you like. (This is great for reaching a lot of people, but not great if you are partnering with a company)
    
Bottom line, giving them an option to choose will always get you more entries than predetermining what they will get, even for big prizes.  Kitchen Aid mixers are awesome and expensive, but not everyone likes to bake, and those that do might very well already have one. Etc. 

I've also noticed that just giving away cash, or Amazon gift cards seem to do really well? I have not hosted a cash giveaway myself so I'm less familiar with how that one plays out, but from what I've seen they often have such high entries that I don't find it with my own to time to enter??? Which seems like  a good thing for whoever is hosting the giveaway


2 - Tell them what they are entering to win.  


This vague "you'll get a steller prize" business is not enough of a draw to get to me to spend my time competing to enter.  If you sell bookmarks and say "Enter to win a bookmark of your choice from my shop" great I'm in.  If you don't tell me what I'm entering to win you could very well be sending me a bookmark, and if I'm not interested in that I'm going to be slightly eye rolly because the giveaway will have felt like a trick, and winning it would be super anti climatic. 

3 - Make entering super easy!  Like the post, follow you, tag two friends... if you like living life on the edge, have them share the giveaway post in their story.

You want to do more than that? Make it bonus entries, bonus entries can include but are not limited to the following:  
Tag more friends for more entries 
Share on your feed or in your story (and tag us) for more entries. 
Answer this question on the post
Visit the link in our bio and sign up for x,y,z 
Follow these other people and comment below when done (you can also the give the vague I'll check that you are following, comment beside this)
Post a special picture that you took that matches our theme and tag us.  Etc. 

People are lazy, and if you're going to ask them to take their own picture to enter, even if it's for a giveaway they really want, chance are they are not going to do it right that second and they are going to forget about the entry all together by the time they can actually take the picture. 

The easier it is to enter, the more success you'll have. 


4 - Keep the giveaway running time frame small, and tell them exactly when it ends and how a winner can expect to be notified. 


Personally I don't think you should run a giveaway longer than a week. If I'm interested I will enter as soon as I see it, I will share it or do whatever I have to do.  But if I'm waiting a month to see the fruits of my labor I'm out, it's just not worth my time to compete, and to wait that long. 

As a giveaway host.  You'll get most of your entries in the first two days.  After that they trickle in so slowly that its almost a lost cause.   

Consider these when you think of how long your giveaway will be accepting entries.  


OPTIONAL HELPFUL THINGS: 

5 - Reward people for sharing with friends (Not necessary, but gives you a solid visibility boost) 


Tag a friend and you and they both win something.

If I love giveaways, I don't know that I really want to tag all my friends, because if I do they are all going to enter, and lower my chances of winning.  But if I get a reward, if some I tag wins then I also win, etc, I'm a lot more likely to go wild. 

6 - Partner with an establish account. 


The more you can spread the word, the more people that see that this is happening, the more entries you will have.   Can you partner with someone with a larger following to help promote your giveaway?  Can they share it in their story or on their feed? 

When doing this consider your relationship with said influencer.  If its a friend that you are close to, chance are you can ask them to share you giveaway pictures in their story, and they might be willing to do it, no big deal. 

If you are reaching out to someone with a large following, or someone with a specific feed, make sure you're giveaway matches what their audience might be looking for, and realize you should, and may be expected compensate them for their time. 

They may be willing to do it for a product of their own that they can style and use to promote your giveaway with, or having people follow them as part of entering the giveaway. Depending on a lot of factors realize you might also be expected to pay them for use of their audience and time.  Not sure if this is the case? Send them a message and ask. 

Grain of salt here too: If you are partnering with more than two accounts that people are expected to follow to enter you are going to lose some people.  If the account you are partnering with have huge audiences it might still be worth it, but with each account you add and expect people to follow you will lose a few more. 

7 - Take a good picture and add Giveaway text to the image

Lighting matters. Display matters.  Do your best, check out some ideas online about how to style and edit photos to really make whatever you're giving away shine. 

If you can add Giveaway into the actual photo, do it.  Then when/if people share the image people will know right away its for a giveaway and you've got a better chance of tapping into the audience of each person that shares your giveaway image.


Special Note: 
Having a local giveaway or "pick up only" is really really really going to kill your numbers. 


Do you participate in giveaways? Either giving away things or entering.  Comment below with anything that I missing that you've found that works or doesn't work. 

 

Thursday, August 27, 2020

My First Weather Book - Busy Book Sewing Instructions (Quiet Book)

Click here to purchase this fabric through Spoonflower (I recommend the Cotton Canvas fabric for the best durability)

My First Weather Book Busy Book, Quiet Book, Fabric Book, No Screen Activity For On The Go to Teach Fine Motor Skills, Lift Flaps, Tactile Development, Sun, Rain, Bees, Fat Quarter Cut and Sew Fabric Craft
  

Anticipated Crafting Time for this project: 3-4 Hours

*NOTICE* This quiet book is recommended for children ages 0-2. All the pieces in this book are attached to the page for safety, but young children should still be supervised while playing with it, and pieces should be checked for integrity and to make sure they are well attached to the page after each use.

The "My First Weather Book" includes instructions to make the following quiet book pages:
• A front cover for the book.
• A rainy ribbon tactile page, with multiple ribbon strands and an inverse cloud pocket.
• A sunshine and clouds page with an attached, magnetic, cloud to cover or remove from the sun.
• A peek-a-book leaf page, with three leaf flaps hiding bugs.
• A pull up flower page, with attached pull strings for three flowers.
• A thunderstorm page, with two elastic bolts of lightning that can be pulled down from the clouds.
• A snowflake page, with three turnable (not removable) snowflakes.

Supplies Needed:
Fat Quarter of Printed Fabric From Spoonflower
• Printed fabric for the pages and pieces (Available here through Spoonflower, I would suggest getting the Cotton Canvas fabric for the best durability)
• Iron on fixative lining (For the smaller play pieces)
• Felt Lining (For the smaller play pieces)
• Thin Elastic (a small amount for the lightning bolts and cover button closure)
• 4 Buttons (one for the front cover, three for the snow flakes)
• Multiple Blue Ribbons and a Green Ribbon (For the rain cloud and sunshine page, and for the growing flowers page)
• 3 small Beads (for the snowflake page)
• Two strong magnets (magnets will be sewn securely into the book, but be sure to practice magnet safety and do not let your children swallow them.)


• A Sewing Machine (Can also be hand sewn)
• A Needle
• Thread
• Sewing Pins
• Scissors
• An Iron
• An Ironing Board or Ironing Surface
• A Candle
• Matches to Light the Candle

*Note* A few minor design updates may have been made to the fabric & movable pieces for better usability.

Step One:

Iron the printed fabric. Then take the printed fabric and cut out the 4 large rectangular pages of the book, each section should have two pages still attached in the middle, and when they are cut out they should look like the image to the right.

Put pages aside.

Step Two:

Take the leftover fabric with the various smaller pieces for the quiet book and make sure you DO NOT CUT OUT the individual pieces.

Follow the instructions on the iron on fixative lining to connect the smaller play pieces to the felt fabric for stronger durability.

SPECIAL NOTE: take one of the small magnets you have been provided with and lay it on the iron on fixative under where the “cloud to cover the sun” fabric will be so that it is between the fixative and the top printed fabric layer. This will seal the magnet into your cloud piece and you’ll need it for a later step.

Start by taking the fabric with the smaller quiet book pieces and cut the iron on fixative lining and the felt to match the size and shape of the fabric.

Next layer them with the felt on the bottom, the iron on fixative in the middle, and the fabric on top (with the printed side facing away from the fixative).

You may want a disposable cloth, or bit a excess fabric for this part as any overhang of the iron on fixative will be sticky and will gunk up your iron or ironing board if they touch.

Set your iron to a medium setting and press it to the printed fabric holding it for three seconds before removing it and pressing the next section. Continue until the whole cloth has been ironed. Then flip your cloth over so the print side is down, and repeat the process. (Again you may want to use a cloth on this part to save your fabric and your iron if you have any overhang).

Step Three:

Take the fabric with the various quiet book pieces to your sewing machine and sew around each individual piece, keeping your thread just barely inside the line of the design.

When finished cut out each of the pieces.

Step Four:

Take your lightning bolts and sew an inch long strip of elastic to the top of each bolt.

 

Step Five:

Pin the top part of your elastic from step four to the top of the page with the dark storm clouds. Layer the dark storm clouds cutout over the printed storm clouds on the page and pin in place.

Step Six:

Sew around the left, top, and right part of the dark storm clouds securing them, and the top of the lightening bolt elastics to the page.

Step Seven:

Flip over the page with the lightning bolts, and take your second small magnet. Lay it over where the smiling sun would be, and use a small square of the discarded fabric from your “piece swatch” to make a square around the magnet. Pin it into place, then sew around it, securing the magnet to the page behind the sun.

 

Step Eight:

Take the large cloud piece (that you ironed and sewed the other magnet into) and choose one of the blue ribbons. Cut a strand from it about four inches long. Hem the edge and sew it to the bottom, back part of the cloud.

Place your cloud so that its covering the smiling sun (aligning the magnets) and take the other edge of the ribbon and pin it to the top of page with the smiling sunshine. It will be sewn when the pages of the book are sewn together.

Put the page aside.
 

Step Nine:

Take the book page with the leaves and grass.

Match up the three cut out leaves with the leaves on the book. Sew across the top of the leaves, securing them to the page and creating fold ups in the book.


Step Ten (There are two options for creating this page):

 


Option One - Pull Up Flowers (Easier)(Not Pictured): Take your green ribbon, and cut it into three strips, with each strip being between 3-4 inches.

Hem the top edge of the green ribbon and sew a flower to the top of it. Repeat for each of the three flowers.

Line up the bottom part of each of the ribbons with the bottom of the grass page. Take your grass cut out and sew around the left, bottom and right of it, sewing both the grass and the bottom of the ribbons into place. You have now created a pocket and pull up flowers.

Option Two - Button Hole Flowers (Pictured): Take a thicker blue ribbons and cut three separate two inch strips from it. Then take your green ribbon and cut three strips from it, each strip being 3-4 inches long.

Sew the bottom of the blue ribbon to the top of the green ribbon strip. Where the two ribbon colors overlap sew one of your flowers. (Repeat for all three flowers)

Set your sewing machine to sew a button hole, and take your quiet book page with grass on the bottom of it. Sew six button holes in the blue sky, about where the lines in the demo image to the right show.

Then take your extra piece of grass (the grass pocket), and sew three more button holes where the demo picture on the right shows.

Take one of your blue ribbons with the flower attached and carefully thread the blue part of the ribbon into the bottom button hole (on the sky part of the page) and out of the top button hole. Then take one of your bee cutouts and sew the bee to the top of the blue ribbon, making a pull string that can pull the flower up, but won’t pull through the book.

Repeat with the other two flowers.

Next line up the grass pocket piece with the grass on the page and sew around the left, bottom and right of the piece, securing the grass pocket to the page.

Now thread the bottom part of the green ribbon so it goes behind the grass pocket and comes out the button hole at the bottom.

Take a brown “seed” piece, and sew the seed to the bottom part of the green ribbon, again creating a pull string that won’t pull free of the book. Repeat with the other two flowers.

You now should be able to pull on the bee to make the flowers “grow” or lift up from the grass, and pull on the seeds to make the flowers tuck back down in the grass.

Step Eleven:

Take your blue ribbons and cut them into four inch strips, I suggest cutting the end on an angle. You may cut as many or as few as you like to create the rain for the rain cloud.

Once your ribbons have been cut light your candle, then take each of the cut strips and move the ends of them towards the flame (without actually touching the strands to the flame) just get close enough to melt the fiber at the end to prevent fraying.

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Step Twelve:

Line up your ribbons on the quiet book page with the white cloud in the middle of the page. I suggest having the thicker ribbons at the back and the thinner ribbons layered over the front.

Sew a line or two across the cloud and ribbons securing them into place.

Once they are secure cut off the excess ribbon at the top of the cloud.

 

Step Thirteen:

Take the remaining cloud cut out and lay it over the ribboned cloud. Sew around the left, top, and right of the cloud, leaving the bottom of it open so the rain can move around. (It also creates a fun, exploratory, pocket for little fingers. )






Step Fourteen:

 

Take your three snowflake cutouts and snip a small hole in the center of each. Insert a hollow bead into the center of each snowflake.

Then place the snowflakes the way you would like them on the dark blue page with the dots. Be sure to leave at least an inch margin around the edges of the page so the snow flakes don’t get sewn into the page when the book pages are being put together.

Sew the snowflakes into place with a needle and thread by starting in the back of the page, putting your needle through the hollow bead, then sewing through the button holes of one of your buttons. Thread your need through another of the button’s hole and back down through the hollow bead and your fabric. Repeat a few times before tying your thread in place. The bead in the center of your snowflake will allow the snowflake to turn and spin once sewn into place.

Repeat for all three snowflakes.



Step Fifteen: (Optional)

Take the front cover of the book and sew a button onto the right side of the page in the middle.

On the opposite side of the page (the back cover of the book) pin the small loop of elastic with the loop facing the print on the page and the edges of the elastic pinned at the edge of the page.

Step Sixteen:

:::Quite Book Instructions:bible24.jpgTake the front cover of the book, and lay it face up, then take the page with the rain cloud, and the snowflakes and lay it face down over the top page so the printed side of each page is touching.

Pin in place. Make sure the rain from the rain cloud is tucked up into the page and won’t get sewn into the seam. Also make sure your elastic loop is facing in against the printed pages and only the edges of it are at the seam.

Starting at the bottom middle sew around the outside of the two pages, about a ⅜ inch from the edge, leave about a four inch gap in the bottom of the book from where you began your sewing to where you end it.

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Cut off the extra fabric in the corners of your book (This will allow it to lay more flat when you flip the book).

Step Eighteen:

Using the four inch gap you left in step sixteen flip the page inside out, so that the printed side is out, take special care to press out the corners of the page as much as possible.

Iron your page flat.

Step Nineteen:

:::Quite Book Instructions:bible23.jpgFold up the edges of your four inch gap, and pin them in place. Then sew around the outside of your book page (about ¼ inch from the edge) Start and end your sewing in the same place so that your four inch gap is sealed shut.

Step Twenty:

Repeat steps for the other two pages of your quiet book. Make sure the ribbon for your magnet cloud gets sewn into place and secured into the book and that ribbons for the “flower” page are tucked up into the page and don’t get sewn into the seams when you are sewing your pages together.

Step Twenty-One: 

Line up the two sewn rectangular pages (that create the whole of your quiet book) and pin them in place so they completely overlap one another. Sew a straight line down the middle of your overlapped pages, securing the pages of the book together.

Congratulations, you are done! :)

Thank you so much for your purchase of this quiet book kit, if you found any of these instructions to be unclear or difficult please email me at babymybookie@gmail.com - I’d love to get them updated and clarified to the best of my ability.

Spot cleaning with a light detergent and a damp rag is the best way to clean your quiet book, but it should also hold up if you wash it in the washing machine on a gentle cycle. Air dry only.

Please let me know if you have any comments or additional questions.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

My First Old Testament Book - Busy Book Sewing Instructions (Quiet Book)

(Click here to purchase this fabric through Spoonflower, I recommend the Cotton Canvas fabric for the best durability)
My First Old Testament Book Busy Book, Quiet Book, Fabric Book, No Screen Activity For On The Go to Teach Fine Motor Skills, Bible, Scriptures, Church, Weaving, Hair Styling, Finger Puppets, Queen Esther, Ruth, Joseph's coat, Jonah, Noah, Fat Quarter Cut and Sew Fabric Craft


Anticipated craft time: 4-5 Hours
This quiet book is recommended for children ages 4-8.

*Warning - This book contains small parts that may present a choking hazard for children under the age of 3.

The "My First Old Testament Book" includes instructions to make the following pages:
• A front cover for the book
• A "Match Up The Creation Days" page, with 7 snap on circles
• A "Help Style Queen Esther's Hair" page, with hair strands and hair clips to braid or style the hair
• A "Help Jonah Escape The Big Fish" page, with a whale with a zippered mouth pocket and a Jonah finger puppet
• A "Help Noah Gather The Animals" page, with an ark with a peek-a-book door and a pocket as well as three finger puppet animals (An elephant, giraffe, and a zebra)
• A "Help Ruth Gather The Wheat" page, with 3 strands of wheat and 3 hook and eyelet pairs.
• A "Help Weave Joseph's Coat" page, with 5 different colored ribbons to weave.
• A back book cover with a pocket for holding excess pieces when the book is not in use.

Supplies Needed:
• Printed fabric for the pages and pieces (Available for purchase through Spoonflower, I recommend the Cotton Canvas fabric for the best durability)
• Iron on fixative lining (For the smaller play pieces)
• Felt Lining (For the smaller play pieces)
• Ribbon (Thicker pieces work better, these will be for weaving Joseph's coat and for holding hair clips)
• Hair Clips
• Cording or Yarn (for hair)
• Elastic (Optional - small piece needed if you want the book to fasten shut)
• A Button (Optional - helps the book fasten shut)
• A Zipper (5 inch, if it's longer the end can be trimmed, for the whales mouth)
• 3 Hook and Eyelet Pieces
• 7 Sewable Snaps


• A Sewing Machine (Can also be hand sewn)
• A Needle
• Thread
• Sewing Pins
• Scissors
• Seam Ripper
• An Iron
• An Ironing Board or Ironing Surface
• A Candle
• Matches (to light the candle)

*Note* A few minor design updates may have been made to the fabric & movable pieces for better usability.

Step One:

Iron the printed fabric. Then take it and cut out the 4 large rectangular pages of the book, each section should have two pages still attached in the middle, and when they are cut out they should look like the image to the right.

Put pages aside.

Step Two:

Take the leftover fabric with the various smaller pieces for the busy book and make sure you DO NOT CUT OUT the individual pieces.

Follow the instructions on the iron on fixative lining to connect the smaller play pieces to the felt fabric for stronger durability.

Start by taking the fabric with the smaller busy book pieces and cut the iron on fixative lining and the felt to match the size and shape of the fabric.

Next layer the three pieces of fabric. Felt should be on the bottom, iron on fixative should be in the middle, printed fabric should be on the top with printed side out (not facing the iron on fixative) You may want a disposable cloth, or bit a excess fabric for the next part as any over hang of the iron on fixative will be sticky and will gunk up your iron or ironing board if they touch.

Set your iron to a medium setting and press it to the printed fabric holding for three seconds before removing and pressing the next section. Continue until the whole cloth has been ironed. Then flip your cloth over so the printed side is down, and the felt side is up and repeat the process (again you may want to use a cloth on this part to save your fabric and your iron if you have any overhang).

Step Three:

Take the fabric with the various quiet book pieces to your sewing machine and sew around each individual piece, keeping your thread just barely inside the line of the design.

Special Note: For the finger puppets you only need to sew across the bottom section of them right now as you’ll sew around them to keep the layers in place when you attach the front and backs together.

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Special Note: Sew around the yellow rectangle of the crown on the left, top and right sides, and follow the line of the crown on the bottom side, as you’ll need the full piece rather than just the crown shape for the page. See Image for example of where to sew:

Step Four:

Separate your sew-able snaps, and hand sew one side of the backing on each of the different circles representing the days of creation. (Note: Make sure you sew the correct or snappable side of the snap facing out - test with the other half of the snap to see if they fit together if you are unsure which side is correct).
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Step Five:

Cut out all the pieces of fabric you have just sewn around. Note: Leave a large margin around the whales mouth (just cutting a line through the white of the two pieces, not cutting off the white, as you’ll need it to attach the zipper) and leaving all the yellow rectangle around the crown rather than cutting out the crown.

Step Six:

Take the page with the title “Match Up The Creation Days”. Hand sew the other side of the snaps used in step four to the inside of each of the creation day circles. (Note: Make sure you sew the correct or snappable side of the snap facing out - test with the other half of the snap to see if they fit together if you are unsure which side is correct).

Step Seven:

Take your hook and eyelets. Hand sew the eyelet part onto the back of each of the wheat pieces, attaching it in the upper middle section.

 

Step Eight:

Take your hook pieces and sew them in a line across the middle top of the page “Help Ruth Gather The Wheat”, leaving at least an inch of space on the right for a sewing margin when you’re putting the pages together.

Step Nine:

Take your cording or yarn and cut it into strips, making each strip about 7 inches long.

 

Step Ten:

:::Quite Book Instructions:bible4.jpgLight your candle, then take each of the cut strips from step nine and move the ends of them towards the flame (without actually touching the strands to the flame) just get close enough to melt the fiber at the end to prevent fraying. Repeat on both sides of the strand with each of the strands.

Step Eleven:

Take your finished strands from step ten and lay them out horizontally, so the middle of each strand is over the crown on the page with the text “Help Queen Esther Style Her Hair.”

:::Quite Book Instructions:bible12.jpgThen sew a vertical line across the middle of the strands, where they lay on the crown, anchoring them in place.

Take the extra piece of fabric with the crown, and cut out the bottom curve under the crown.

Push Esther’s hair down and to the sides of her face then lay the cutout crown over the strands and align it with the crown on the page, then carefully sew around the crown and over the hair strands sewing them into place.

Step Twelve:

Take a strand of ribbon and pin the ribbon in place to the right of Queen Esther, going from the top of the page to the bottom. Baste or pin the ribbon in place with the end dangling off the page. They will be sewn into the book when the pages are sewn together.

Step Thirteen:

Cut out the extra piece of Noah’s Ark. Carefully sew around the outside of the white square with the “x” and again sew a square just inside of the white square with an “x”.

When finished take a seam ripper and cut between the door lines you just sewed on the left, right, and top of the square, creating a flap to peer inside the Ark.

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Step Fourteen:

Now take the Ark piece and line it up with the printed Ark on the book page. Sew around the bottom curve of the Ark to anchor it in place, but leave the top curve unsewn so that the finger puppet animals can slip inside.

Step Fifteen:

Cut out all the finger puppets. Pair the front sides and back sides together and sew around the left, top, and right sides of them, leaving your previous stitch to hold the bottoms and allow for little fingers to fit inside.


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Step Sixteen:

:::Quite Book Instructions:bible14.jpg:::Quite Book Instructions:bible15.jpgGet your zipper. Lay it zipper side facing up. Then lay the bottom part of the whales mouth print side down over the top of the zipper. Line up the strait side of the whale with the strait edge of the zipper. Also align them so that the front lip of the whale is right by the silver tab on the bottom zipper strand.

Pin it in place so the zipper teeth are facing away from the strait edge of the whale (the zipper will look upside down), then sew a strait line about a ¼ inch from the zipper teeth.

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Then fold down the whale piece, so that the print side is on the same side as the zipper. Sew another strait line with the fabric print side up. This will help your zipper lay more flat in the quiet book.

Repeat this process with the top part of the whale.

When finished zip the whale closed and cut off any excess white fabric from around the whales mouth. Leave the excess zipper in place.

:::Quite Book Instructions:bible11.jpgGet the “Help Johan Escape the Big Fish” page and lay your zippered whale over the whale on that page. If you have excess zipper hanging off by the whales nose (if they had a nose and not a blowhole...) bend it under and tuck it back on itself, or clip it off. Sew around the whale, including over the folded under end of your zipper, and the back overhanging zipper.

You can leave the excess zipper fabric hanging off the page for now. It will be sewn in place when the pages are attached and can be trimmed after that point.

Step Seventeen:

Take your ribbons and cut them so that six of the ribbons are about 4 ¾ inches long, and five ribbon pieces are 6 inches long.

Light your candle and repeat step ten (the process you used for melting the hair strands) with the ribbons. Be sure to melt both sides of each ribbon.

When finished, starting at the bottom of the page, lay the shorter strands vertically across the page. Leaving a ¼ inch gap between each of strands, and make sure the text at the top of the page is visable. Pin in place or use a baste stitch to keep them aligned. They will be more securely sewn into the book when the book pages are sewn together.

Repeat that process with the longer strips, laying them horizontally across with page with the ¼ inch gap between each section. Pin/and or baste along the right side of the fabric so they will be held in place when the book pages are sewn together.

 

Step Eighteen: (Optional)

Take the front cover of the book and sew a button onto the right side of the page in the middle.

On the opposite side of the page (the back cover of the book) pin the small loop of elastic with the loop facing the print on the page and the edges of the elastic pinned at the edge of the page.

Step Nineteen:

:::Quite Book Instructions:bible1.jpgTake the front cover of the book, and lay the page “Match Up The Creation Days” on top of it, so that the printed side of both pages are touching. Pin the page into place.

Make sure the elastic end are hanging off the page and the loop part is tucked in next to the print. Also pin down the excess piece of ribbon for the Queen Esther page so that it will also be sewn in at this point.

Step Twenty-One:

:::Quite Book Instructions:bible24.jpgStarting at the bottom of the book, sew around the pages about ⅜ inch from the edge of your quiet book. Leave a four inch gap in the bottom of the book from where you began your sewing to where you end it.

Step Twenty-Two:

:::Quite Book Instructions:bible25.jpgClip off the extra fabric in the corners of your book (This will allow it to lay more flat when you flip the book).

Step Twenty-Three:

Using the four inch gap you left in step twenty-one flip the page, so that the print side is out, taking special care to press out the corners of the page as much as possible.

Step Twenty-Four:

:::Quite Book Instructions:bible23.jpgIron your pages flat. Fold up the edges of your four inch gap, and pin them in place. Then sew around the outside of your book (about ¼ inch from the edge) Start and end your sewing in the same place so that your four inch gap is sealed shut.

Step Twenty-Five: 

Repeat steps for your other two book pages. Before you flip these pages cut off the excess piece of zipper.

Step Twenty-Six:

Line up the two sewn rectangular pages (that create the whole of your quiet book) and pin them in place so they completely overlap one another. Sew a straight line down the middle of your overlapped pages, securing the pages of the book together.

Step Twenty-Seven:

Add all of your quiet book pieces to the book and congratulations, you are done! :)

Thank you so much for your purchase of this quiet book kit, if you found any of these instructions to be unclear or difficult please email me at babymybookie@gmail.com I’d love to get them updated and clarified to the best of my ability.

Spot cleaning with a light detergent and a damp rag is the best way to clean your quiet book, but it should also hold up if you remove all the excess pieces from it and wash it in the washing machine on a gentle cycle. Air dry only.

Please let me know if you have any comments or additional questions.