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!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Jenny's Quiet Book

Hello everyone! Today I get to share with you a beautiful book made by Jenny of the blog The Bushcrafter. Jenny is a craft teacher from Sweden, and her book is an absolutely beautiful creation. Her fabric choices and colors make this book a visual treat. I just want to stare at the colorful ferris wheel and hot air balloon pages for hours. Please, enjoy!



 Interview

What's your name? Describe yourself in one sentence.
I’m Jenny; I am a big-hearted creative dreamer.

Who did you make this quiet book for? How old are they? 
This piece was made as a side project and I found that I loved this free, intuitive process of finishing one page before starting the next one. I had no specific person in mind when I started, I just wanted to explore different techniques.

What's your level of sewing experience? 
I am a craft teacher.

How long did it take you?
Making these books take about a week, I only create on my spare time!

Did you use any templates? Where can they be found? 
I have no templates, instead I work with shapes that come to me in the moment, while I’m creating.

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

How much did all the supplies cost you?
Not much, the fabric I use is recycled, thrifted or handmade by me (often woven or hand painted). While making these books I feel like the queen of scraps, I just know that there is place for even the smallest scrap of fabric in them.

What material are the pages made out of? 
Scrap fabric of cotton, leather, felt, fleece and many other materials.

What's your favorite page? Why? 
My favorite page is absolutely the page with the clock. I like how the crochet doily pops out!

Jenny makes and sells these beautiful quiet books in her Etsy shop, The Bushcrafter.  You can also see more of them on her blog; another one of her books I love is found in this post: Boken Boken - A quiet book filled with activities for children. Thank you so much, Jenny, for sharing your gorgeous books 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!