Sunday, September 27, 2009

Quiet Time - Part 2 Quiet Books Abound!

Ok, so here's part 2 of the tutorial on my recently made quiet book:


For Numbers I cut out number shapes in felt and strips of grosgrain ribbon.  I strung the matching number of shaped beads on each ribbon strip and stitched the ends so the beads will slide.
For Sandwich Snackin', I cut out a fridge shape in gray felt & stitched on the "hinge" side and cut out a circle for the opposite page's plate.
To add some pizazz to the plate (and to each page), I used multi-colored thread. It's kind of hard to see, but it's an easy to do embellishment and it also serves as a seam to attach 2 pages together. I sewed on the fuzzy half of velcro to both so the sandwich "ingredients" would stick to the pages.
I sewed 2 bits of velcro - one side rough, the other fuzzy to all sandwich items, except the top piece of bread (just one side fuzzy on that), so they would stack properly and all store within the fridge.
Doesn't that faux sandwich look tasty!
For Dress-up I freehand drew two people shapes and stitched them to the background felt. I used embroidery floss for the faces (french knots & backstitches for the eyes/noses and mouths respectively). The girl's hair is ric-rac, the boy's is felt.
I used more of the grosgrain to stitch on the shapes of hangers in the closet.
Also, as promised, here are some pages of the quiet book my mom made for me ages ago. It still looks freshly made and hasn't aged a day since 1979. Me on the other hand....well it's 30yrs later and now I'm the one making a quiet book. Yes, that makes me feel O-L-D, but check out these cool page designs:





My kids and I still love this book!

13 comments:

  1. The multicolored thread is a really good idea. Then you don't feel guilty for not using matching thread on each piece of felt. I have mostly given up and I'm just using white.

    Thanks for the ideas: I think I'm going to borrow your "seasons" page.

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  2. That's why I used it - it worked with all colors and jazzed up the topstitching. Please do and send me the link when your page is done!:)

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  3. That is great! I will be using some of your ideas! And when I do, I'll be linking up for people to come visit you! Congrats on your new little one! She is adorable!

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  4. Thanks for the sweet compliments. Looking forward to seeing the pages!

    :)

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  5. I love the counting page!! These pages are so unique. I love your creativity. Thanks for sharing! I'm linking this post to my blog. :)

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  6. Hi, Just found your site & love all the wonderful ideas.

    I had that same book(well not the 1979, but with my name instead) I loved it & almost totally forgot about it until I saw it here.

    Can't wait to search more through here and for future posts!

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  7. I just love your blog! Wonderful stuff!

    I made my son the same book your mom made you (but I made it in 2005) - my mom bought the pattern to make it for me, but never did it. It was so fun to make!

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  8. I loved many of your quiet book ideas and actually used the counting one. I have posted my quiet book and referred to yours for my readers.
    http://mommysgreat.blogspot.com/2011/12/christmas-gifts-unveiled.html

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  9. I still have the quiet book with some of the same ideas made for my eldest son, born in 1979, and am now a grandma making a book for his first daughter!It is well loved and used by all children when visiting.Will post some pages in due course on my boards. GrannyDot

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    1. How fantastic! My own kids love my old quiet book too, so I feel lucky to have my old one and one made just for them. Look forward to seeing your new pages GrannyDot!

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  10. What wonderful ideas for our little ones! Makes me wish that I could sew....

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  11. I love that your kids have your childhood book! That what I'm hoping for my baby

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    1. I always smile when I see it in the book bin. I hope you get to do the same Bonnie!

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