January 4, 2015
This will be my last post about quiet books for a while! Thanks for your patience, friends. I know you’re not all rearing little ones, but… yanno… it was a big project for me so I’m still excited about it :D. But really. Last one. For a long time.
So I made 16 sets of this page. They are felt chain links that can be snapped together to form a rainbow chain. Kids can (quietly) practice their rainbow colors while getting some fine-motor skill practice in! Nice, right? The most annoying part was learning how to apply the snaps. It wasn’t hard to do, but I had to do some research to figure out the easiest and least expensive way to apply the button snaps, since I had (16 x 8 x 2) = 256 of them to do!!
Although it took a lot of time, I had fun making these pages!
How to make felt chain links with button snaps
Makes 8 pages
- 8 sheets of 9″ x 12″ Stiffened Felt, cut down to 9″x9″ squares
- 2 sheets of 9″ x 12″ felt (normal, floppy felt… preferably non-ROYGBV colors: for pockets)
- 1 – 9″ x 12″ sheet each of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet felt (normal, floppy felt)
- 48 sets of snap buttons (I would highly suggest getting more– you will probably mess up at least a few of them as you’re figuring out how to do it)
- 1 snap fastener tool
- 1 hammer
- Optional: decorative ribbon for pocket.
- Sew on a pocket. My pockets were roughly 6″ x 3″. After cutting out the pockets, I sewed on a decorative ribbon for a little pizzazz– totally optional. I centered and sewed down the pockets along the bottom of the page. Remember to leave a 1″ border along each side if you’re doing this for a group project.
- Make your links. Cut your red felt into 16 strips, each 1.125″ x 6″. I just did a bunch of cutting in half until I had my sixteen strips– I’m sure you can figure this out. But if it makes you feel better:
Pair up each strip with another, then sew them together leaving 1/4″ around the edges to make 8 nice, sturdy links! Repeat for all other colors.
- Apply the button snaps onto the links. There are four pieces of hardware per link. The circular rings with sharp teeth hold each of the button halves in place. To begin, push one of the circles with “teeth” through the two layers of felt. (I used one of the flat snap pieces to push around the felt until the teeth showed through. It can hurt if you use your fingers repeatedly…). Center one button end on top (see diagram below).
Place your snap tool on top, then hammer down with 4-5 taps until you feel it squeeze into place. Repeat with the other half of the snap.
If you did it all wrong, don’t worry too much– felt is very forgiving. Just make sure you order a few extra snaps for mistakes here and there.
Repeat for all links. Note: If you get confused about which part of the snap should be on which side, just remember that there should never be two hollow circles on the same side of the link.
- Stitch down one link as an anchor.
Ta da! All done! Put your completed strips into the pocket and it’s ready to go.
Didya notice that I snuck in black and white along with the traditional ROYGBV? It’s because I also decided to make a Gospel Expansion Pack (double meaning? I think so!) so we could use colors to teach our children the Gospel.
Come on. Isn’t that cool?? It’s so legit, it even has instructions on the back:
I was giddy with excitement when I came up with the idea, and took a little longer than necessary formatting the papers to print out just right. It was totally worth it. :] May it help our little ones internalize the Good News and help them share it with others!
So there it is. The craftiest I’ve gotten in a really, really long time. Haven’t touched my sewing machine since quiet book making, but I’m already starting to think of ideas for the next group project 🙂.