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DIY Baby's First Prayerbook With Sikhism Theme Illustrated Instructions

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Join Pages of DIY Baby's First Prayerbook
Lace Pages of DIY Baby's First Prayerbook

Lace Pages of DIY Baby's First Prayerbook

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Join Pages of DIY Baby's First Prayerbook

Choose a method of joining together the pages of baby's first prayerbook. You can stitch or lace pages together. If you want to make removable pages so that you can rearrange or add new pages later on then you will want to lace pages together. Lacing can be a fun activity for a toddler or older child. Lacing or rearranging pages with Sikhism symbols and emblems can also serve to keep a child quietly occupied during worship programs.

Buy lacing or make your own. Make a buttonhole to thread lacing through and joing pages together..

Make a Buttonhole

In order to lace together the pages of baby's first prayerbook you first need to make buttonholes for the lacing:

  • Fold 6 x 12 inch top-stitched page in half and mark the center for button hole placement. Each page requires two buttonholes.
  • Position buttonholes 1 to 1 1/2 inches from top and bottom of the center of the page as is shown in the illustration.
  • Use a ruler or measuring tape to make sure that both button holes are equal distance from top and bottom edge. Mark position before stitching.
  • Stitch buttonholes using either method below:
    • Machine stitch with button hole setting or zigzag a square or round hole with at least a 1/4 inch opening in the center (about the size of a pencil eraser). You can make a square hole with a 1/2 zig zag stitch on each of the four sides. (see illustration).
    • Hand embroidery a buttonhole using a blanket or buttonhole stitch.
  • Use a seam ripper or pointed scissors cut open the button hole so that the lacing passes through easily.

Lace Pages Together

Buy pre-made laces with finished ends, make your own 1/8 - 1/4 inch lacing, or cut lacing from a spool to about 18 - 24 inches in length. Tightly wrap the ends of cut lacing with scotch tape to keep laces from fraying. Now you are ready to lace pages of baby's first prayerbook together:

  • Fold lacing in half.
  • Thread both ends of lacing through the top buttonhole from opposite sides to form a loop. Pull laces until loop is drawn down to touche the top of the page and is snug but not too tight.
  • Thread both ends of lacing through the bottom buttonhole from opposite sides. Pull and tie laces together at the bottom of the page.
  • Knot the loose ends they they do not get pulled out unintentionally and to prevent fraying.

Stitch Pages Together

You can stitch pages together down the center by machine or by hand. You can add new pages by opening baby's first prayerbook in the middle and stitching the new page down the center. If you want to ever remove or rearrange pages you will need to pick the stitches out, so use the widest stitch possible on your machine or use embroidery thread or yarn to make long thick stitches 1/8 to one full inch in length which you can easily pick out later.

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Button Hole Basics
Buttonhole Placement
Buttonhole Stitch

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