Friday, April 3, 2015

Džiuginta's "Treasure Island" Quiet Book

I am so excited about the incredibly cute "Treasure Island" quiet book that I get to share with you today. Made by Džiuginta of the blog Domus Feltinis, this detailed book includes a pirate ship cover (complete with light-up lighthouse), a pirate finger puppet, a treasure chest with a lock and filled with treasure, a parrot, a crab, a Jolly Roger pirate flag, seashells on the beach, a treasure map, a letter in a bottle, and a rings and crosses tic-tac-toe. It's incredible. Each page has so much to do and so much to play with.

I love the decorative details on each page, too - especially the rick rack waves and the little seashells sewn to the page. (LOVE the seashells.) I also thought Džiuginta's way of lighting up the lighthouse was very clever - she put a tiny push flashlight (the kind that go on key rings) inside.

Please, enjoy Džiuginta's quiet book and also the rest of the cute crafts on her blog!


Interview

What's your name? Describe yourself in one sentence. 
My name is Džiuginta. I am a big dreamer from Lithuania, obsessed with felt crafts!

Who did you make this quiet book for? How old are they? 
I made this quiet book for my 3-year-old son.

What's your level of sewing experience? 
I'd say intermediate but I only hand-sew.

How long did it take you?
I am not sure how many hours it took but I worked on it for about a month - one full weekend and whenever I had a couple of hours to spare.

Did you use any templates? Where can they be found? 
I used Treasure and Pirate Island Tic-Tac-Toe templates from the Imagine Our Life blog and some coloring pages as an inspiration for the lighthouse and the ship. The Pirate finger puppet was inspired by a Pirate zombie from the Zombie Felties book. I added some details like the removable crab and parrot for which I made templates myself according to some pictures found on the Internet.

Imagine Our Life: Treasure Quiet Book Page
Imagine Our Life: Pirate Island Tic-Tac-Toe Quiet Book Page

How did you bind your quiet book? 
The pages are stitched together by hand.

What material are the pages made out of? 
The pages are made out of synthetic felt.

What other materials did you use? 
Miniature sea shells, buttons, sequins, ribbons, a zipper, a miniature pocket torch, snaps, a lock, various beads and embellishments...

How much did all the supplies cost you? 
I have no idea, maybe around $20...

What's your favorite page? Why? 
I love the whole book but the front page must be my favorite as I created it from scratch.

To view Džiuginta's treasure quiet book on her own blog with more explanations of each page, click here: Domus Feltinis: Treasure Island Quiet Book. Džiuginta, thank you so much for sharing your wonderful 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!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Kelsey's Quiet Book

Today's quiet book comes to us all the way from Cameroon, Africa where Kelsey is a missionary wife and mother. She made this cute book for her toddler nephew. It's got lots of fun interactive pages, like a page where you can go fishing, a rocketship that slides back and forth, bead counting, ABC flaps, and an awesome car page. I love the different roads that her car pages have. And I like all the different fabrics and backgrounds Kelsey used! Check it out!



Interview

What's your name? Describe yourself in one sentence.
My name is Kelsey; I am a missionary wife and mother serving in Cameroon, Africa.

Who did you make this quiet book for? How old are they?
I made this quiet book for my nephew, Korbin, who was 1-1/2 years old.

What's your level of sewing experience?
I have an "intermediate" level of sewing experience.

Did you use any templates? Where can they be found?
I did not have any templates for this project.

What material are the pages made out of? What other materials did you use?

The book is made primarily out of cotton and felt.

To see Kelsey's quiet book on her own blog, click here: My All For Jesus: Toddler Busy Book.

Kelsey, thank you so much for sharing your very cute 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!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Rebecca's Airplane Busy Book

Today's quiet book, made by Rebecca from the blog Hugs Are Fun!, is really cute and awesome. A lot of quiet books are made for traveling, whether for road trips or airplane flights. Rebecca made this book for a trip she took with her daughter, and she used the whole airplane experience as the theme! The book walks through all the stages of going on an airplane - there's a dress up page from the girl's suitcase, a matching shapes airport security page (and funny and cute security x-ray page!), a name-spelling ticket page, a seatbelt buckle page, and a page where you count the animals in the airplane's windows. (And the animals are adorable, by the way.) Even the cover has a little activity - you can slide the plan across the map, from one destination to the other. It's all so cute and I love the theme. Please, enjoy!


Interview

What's your name? Describe yourself in one sentence. 
Rebecca. I am a stay at home mom who dabbles in all things crafty.

Who did you make this quiet book for? How old are they? 
I made this for my daughter for a flight we took when she was 18 months old. She's now 4 and has been playing with it a lot!

What's your level of sewing experience? 
Beginner.

How long did it take you?
I don't even remember. I made it over the course of about a couple weeks working during nap time.

Did you use any templates? Where can they be found? 
I didn't, I made it all up. How did you bind your quiet book? I had 4 page spreads and sewed the edges to attach the pages together.

What material are the pages made out of? 
The pages are all cotton fabric.

What other materials did you use? 
Felt, velcro, paper, buttons, buckle, ribbon, zipper.

How much did all the supplies cost you? 
I used a lot of things I already had, I probably spent $10-15? I don't entirely remember.

What's your favorite page? Why? 
I love the x-ray page, I think it's so funny. I wanted to do different aspects of travel and doing the security checkpoint seemed like a neat and interesting thing to cover.


To see Rebecca's busy book on her own blog, with more explanations of each page, click here: Hugs Are Fun!: One Time I Made An Airplane Quiet Book.

Thank you so much for sharing your super cute quiet book with us, Rebecca!

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

Monday, March 9, 2015

Courtney's Harry Potter Quiet Book

I don't know about you, but I love Harry Potter. When I was a teenager I had the books on tape, and I think I listened to each of them about a hundred times. Last summer I reread the books for the first time in years, and enjoyed them just as much as ever.

Today I get to share with you an awesome Harry Potter Quiet Book made by the talented Courtney from the blog "Today I Felt Crafty" (which is such an adorable blog and you should really check it out). Her pages are so cute and creative and well made. I could write a paragraph about each one because I like them so much, but I'll restrain myself and just let you enjoy them on your own.


I really love this picture below because it shows so clearly how to construct a cover:


 Plus it has some fun added detail on the back cover:


Starting on the activity pages, first there's a Gryffindor uniform button page:


Then she has a Room of Requirements "I Spy" page:


A Gringotts counting page:


A Grimmauld Place family tree:


A quidditch page:


A Triwizard Cup puzzle:


And a Dobby sock matching page:


Interview

What's your name? Describe yourself in one sentence. 
My name is Courtney and I am a working mom who enjoys crafting at night.

Who did you make this quiet book for? How old are they? 
I made this for my 18 month-old son, but he probably won't enjoy most of the activities until he's 2.

What's your level of sewing experience? 
Advanced beginner? :)

How long did it take you?
It took me about two and half weeks to finish, working most nights after work. I probably spent a total of 15-20 hours on this book.

Did you use any templates? Where can they be found? 
I didn't use any templates, but I used Imagine Our Life's sock matching page for inspiration for one of my pages.

How did you bind your quiet book? 
The cover is made from cotton fabric and firm interfacing to give it structure. The pages secure to the cover with binder rings.

What material are the pages made out of? 
My pages have a layer of firm interfacing in between two layers of felt, and two grommets installed along the left edge.

What other materials did you use?
I used snaps, buttons, clear vinyl, assorted beads and trinkets, and plastic rings.

How much did all the supplies cost you? 
The supplies probably cost me $50-$60 total, but I have a lot left over to use on other projects.

What's your favorite page? Why? 
The quidditch page is my favorite, because it is my own design and came out exactly how I pictured it!


If you want to make any of  the pages from this book, you should really check out Courtney's post about it on her own blog: Today I Felt Crafty: Harry Potter Quiet Book Pages. It has more pictures and she explains exactly how she put together each page! Definitely check it out!

Additionally, here's her post on how she constructed the cover: Today I Felt Crafty: Harry Potter Quiet Book. And, because it's so cute, another quiet book she's made: Today I Felt Crafty: Feel the Weather Pillow Book. Her blog really is so cute and has lots of felt crafts, from play food to quiet mats to busy boards and, of course, quiet books.

Courtney, thank you so much for sharing your awesome Harry Potter 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!