Monday, August 18, 2014

Jaime's Quiet Book

Today I get to show you a super cute quiet book from Jaime of the blog Crafty Math Mama. All of her pages look so fun - it starts off with a page where you can braid Rapunzel's hair, a page with a personalized felt family and pets, a dog with collar to buckle, a purse with lots of fun things inside, a pizza with toppings, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, a fishing page, the Eensy-Weensy Spider, a pirate page, and a music page (I love how on the music page the notes can slide along their strings!). Jaime's favorite page is the family page, and it's definitely one of my favorites too - how fun would having little dolls of your own family be for a child? This whole book is awesome. So please enjoy!


What's your name? Describe yourself in one sentence.
My name is Jaime and I'm a mom of a 2 year old named Delia with a baby boy on the way! When I'm not at my job teaching math, I love to craft, sew, bake, and decorate cakes.

Who did you make this quiet book for? How old are they?
I made this quiet book for my daughter Delia to give to her for her 2nd birthday. She is now almost 2 1/2.

What's your level of sewing experience?
I can sew basic things. I learned in school and from my mother. My sewing experience includes these quiet book pages, pillows, and a few dresses for Delia.

How long did it take you?
I'm not sure how many hours this quiet book took me. I started last summer sewing maybe an hour or two each night and then when school started again I didn't have time to continue. When I had Christmas and Winter breaks I took the time to finish up what I wanted to include before Delia's birthday in March.

Did you use any templates? Where can they be found?
I used one of the Quiet Book Blog's templates for Mr. Potato Head and the others I used were from Some pages I took ideas from Pinterest and recreated them in my own way.

What material are the pages made out of? What other materials did you use?
The pages are made of felt and most of the decorations are made from felt and sewn with embroidery floss. Some pages have little random trinkets like the dog collar, jewels, hair clips, buttons, ribbon, and magnets.

How much did all the supplies cost you?
The wonderful thing about quiet books is that they can be very cheap to make. Felt is only about $0.30 per plain sheet and about $1.00 for a patterned piece. Anything extra I had to get, I tried to get from the dollar store or the dollar bins at the craft store.

What's your favorite page? Why?
My favorite page is probably the page I designed to look like our house. It has finger puppets of all our family members including baby who is on the way.

To view Jaime's quiet book on her own blog, with more pictures and a lot more explanations, click here: Crafty Math Mama - Delia's Quiet Book

Jaime, thank you so much for sharing your adorable quiet book with us!

Have you made a quiet book that you'd like to share? Click here for instructions on how to submit your own quiet book!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Giveaway Winners & Bible Stories Discount!

Hi everybody! Today I'm excited to announce the winners of our giveaway. They are:

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Kathleen W., Ilda, and Hannah M.! Congratulations on your prizes from Candidly Kate. :)

If you weren't one of the three winners, don't despair. Katie from Candidly Kate is having a sale in her shop this week just for you, the readers of the Quiet Book Blog. Go to her shop, pick out the page templates you like, and enter the code AUG25 to get 25% your entire purchase until August 18! And she has more than quiet book pages - she even has a cute "Snuggly Bear" pattern that's on sale right now for 50% off. To check out her whole shop, go here: Candidly Kate.

Katie also wants to make sure you know that if the shop runs out of anything, just send her a message and she will gladly restock it for you.

Last but not least, if you are interested in making the entire quiet book with a large group of people, you can email Katie and she can work out a great deal for the group.

Thank you all for participating in this week's Bible Stories templates giveaway!

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Last day of the Givewaway!

Good morning everyone! I hope you're having a good start to your week.

Today I just want to remind you that today is the last day of the Bible Stories Templates Giveaway.

To see all of the fabulous pages that can be made from Candidly Kate's PDF templates that are in the giveaway, check out this post: Old Testament Quiet Book - PDF Pattern Set Giveaway. To enter the giveaway, use the entry box in the original post or the entry box below!

Enter now, before you forget! The giveaway ends tonight at midnight, Eastern Standard Time.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Courtney's Quiet Book

A few weeks ago I came across the quiet book of Courtney from Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom, and I loved it! All of her pages are so cute and well made (I know I've said it before, but I love handstitching), and she has some really great ideas and pages I haven't seen before.

Some of the pages are new ones of her own design, and some of the pages are from patterns from Imagine Our Life that Courtney's put her own details on. For example, the train page from Imagine Our Life is usually only two pages, but she made it four pages long and then bound the pages cleverly so it could all fold out into one really long train. She also added a bottle of Tide to the laundry machine page, which is such a great idea. One of the pages of Courtney's own design that I absolutely adore is her weaving picnic basket page - it is so cute! I can't get over it.

Anyway, I'll stop rambling so you can look at her pictures. Enjoy!

Dinosaur page (pattern here):

Kitty tie-the-ribbon page:

Owl page (pattern here):

Igloo page (pattern here):

Train page and finger puppets (pattern here):

Here's how Courtney bound the train pages - with a clever "hinge" in each page:

Pocket for the finger puppets:

I Spy page:

Sock matching page:

Shiny fish and fish peekaboo pages:

Ants in the Picnic Basket Weaving page:


What's your name? Describe yourself in one sentence.
My name is Courtney. I am a stay-at-home mom and I love making things for my daughter.

Who did you make this quiet book for? How old are they? 
I made this book for my 2 year old daughter but I started making it when she was about 16 months old.

What's your level of sewing experience? 
I have to admit, my sewing experience isn't very high. I decide I want to do something and I do it. It may take me longer than other people but I try to do my best and learn as I go. I am a bit of a perfectionist and I'm slow.

How long did it take you? 
As a guesstimate I would say each page took anywhere from 2 to 10 hours. However, I choose to hand sew almost everything even when you have an option to use a machine. I really don't know how long it has taken me to make my whole book. A long time! :)

Did you use any templates? Where can they be found? 
For the picnic page, fish pages, and kitty page, I designed them myself but haven't really made full patterns for them. The rest I got from She has tons of great patterns!

How did you bind your quiet book? 
I used imagineourlife's patterns for the basic page and cover patterns which use 2 grommets in each page and then you can use giant rings to attach the pages in the book. I have had a difficult time finding large enough rings so I have just temporarily tied mine together with ribbons or bungee thread. Whatever works :)

What material are the pages made out of? What other materials did you use? 
The main material I use is felt and thread,(some people use embroidery floss but I just use normal sewing thread folded over once or twice to make it thicker). In some pages you can use ribbons and colorful fabrics and really whatever you want to add to it. One of the funnest parts about making the quiet book pages is making it your own. The cover is made with flannel or really whatever fabric you would like. You can use a clip or a giant button to close the book.

How much did all the supplies cost you?
Supplies are generally very cheap. That's one of the best things about felt crafts. I get my felt at Hobby Lobby for $0.25 each and thread is a couple dollars per spool. The cover and binding will cost a little more but part of that depends on what fabric or method of binding you choose.

What's your favorite page? Why? 
My favorite page is probably the circus train. I extended the pattern to make is a much longer train and used the basic animal finger puppet patterns to design some more animals of my own. I added my own background, switched up the colors, and changed a few other minor things. I made my train four pages long! In order to get it to fit in the book I made it so that each side folds in. It's pretty fun to open it up and have a giant train! :) I also made an envelope pocket on the back side of one of the train pages to keep the animals stored in. The best thing about making a quiet book is seeing kids get excited to play with it. Just a few minutes ago my little girl was playing with hers. I love being able to make things for her!

To see Courtney's quiet book pages on her own blog (with more pictures and explanations), check out these posts: Quiet Books, Matching Socks, My Fishy Page, Picnic Basket Quiet Book Page. She also makes cute crochet flower headbands for babies and women. To check out her Etsy shop, click here: Cabin Fever.

Thank you so much for sharing all of your adorable pages with us, Courtney!

Also, everyone, don't forget to enter into this week's Bible Quiet Book Template giveaway! Click here to go to the post where you can enter, or click on the picture below!

Have you made a quiet book that you'd like to share? Click here for instructions on how to submit your own quiet book!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Rebecca's Quiet Book

First off, I just want to remind you to go enter this week's giveaway if you haven't already! Click here or on the picture below to go to Monday's post. Scroll down to the bottom to enter through Rafflecopter.

Now, on to today's awesome quiet book! Made by Rebecca of Mellymoo Papercrafting for her nephew, this book actually uses a lot of the Quiet Book Blog's free templates. I love the way she uses them and all the details she adds! I really really love all the details Rebecca added on the car page. The driveways and connecting roads and tunnel are all such great ideas, as are the cute little houses and the castle and all the other details. 

Some of the other pages she made include a kite page, a fishing page (in which the fish and the hooks have magnets inside, so that you can "catch the fish" with the hook), a shape matching and memory page, a laundry page, and a stars and rocket page. All of them are so cute and well done. I love the laundry line on the laundry page - the colorful little shirts on their little clothespins look so fun to play with!

To top it all off, Rebecca made this a counting book. Each page counts up one number - one kite, two fish, three flowers, four farm animals, and so on. It's a great idea, and she does it so well! Each page's items count up so logically and naturally.

All right, I'll stop rambling, so you can actually look at Rebecca's book! Enjoy!


What's your name? Describe yourself in one sentence. 
Rebecca, I’m a logical but creative person who really loves keeping busy!

Who did you make this quiet book for? How old are they? 
 I made it for Ethan, my one and only nephew for his 2nd birthday.

What's your level of sewing experience? 
My Mum was a dressmaker and I’ve always dabbled with sewing I even made so of my own clothes when I was younger. However, my preference for sewing was always being creative- making things without patterns like quilts, cushion covers, bags etc.

How long did it take you?
At first I tried working on the book in the evenings but as I decided to add more pages the time increased- I did most of the work during a week off work. In total I must have spent 30 hours working on it.

Did you use any templates? Where can they be found? 
I did use some templates to get me going on my first pages, they can be found on the quite book blog.

How did you bind your quiet book? 
Each pages is made of two sheets of felt which are sewn back-to back, some of the pages have added ribbon trim. To bind the book together I used my Cropadile to punch holes in the edges and then I added eyelets and finally threaded ribbon through.

What material are the pages made out of? 
All the pages are made from felt.

What other materials did you use? 
Velcro, press-studs, buttons, embroidery thread, magnets, lollypop stick, thread, sequins, net, foam car shapes, eyelets, wobbly eyes- I think that’s it.

How much did all the supplies cost you? 
I didn’t keep a running total but I would say between £15-£20, mostly because of the number of sheets of felt I had to buy. I had most of the other bits and bobs in my craft supplies already.

To view  Rebecca's book on her own blog with more pictures and explanation, click here: Mellymoo Papercrafting: Ethan's Quiet Book. Thank you so much, Rebecca, for sharing your adorable book with us!

Have you made a quiet book that you'd like to share? Click here for instructions on how to submit your own quiet book!