Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Max's Quiet Book

The first quiet book that I get to share with you this week is actually one that I made myself. My brother and his family were in town earlier this year, and my nephew had his first birthday while he was here. I knew that I wanted to make him a quiet book, but I also didn't have much time to make one (since we were doing things every day with my whole family).

So, to speed up the process of making a quiet book, I altered my usual quiet book techniques in a few ways. First, and this was the biggest time saver, I only made four pages. Less pages naturally equals less time. Secondly, I used velcro (and not snaps) to attach the detachable pieces. Snaps (since they're hand sewn) take longer to attach than velcro (which can be machine sewn or hot glued). Third, I hot glued all of the velcro pieces, on to the quiet book pages themselves and on to the detachable pieces. Hot gluing the velcro, instead of sewing it, saved a lot of time. I made sure that it was very sturdy and well attached. Fourth, I hot glued all the details. I sewed the main pieces on to each page - the tree and basket, boat, jellyfish, and dinosaur body - but hot glued the jellyfish's face and spots and the dinosaur's face on.

One thing I did with this quiet book that actually took more time, but was totally worth it, was sewing a cover. With my previous quiet books I've simply sewn button holes in the sides of the pages and then attached all the pages with binder rings. Not this time. This time, I cut a piece of fabric from a big, old t-shirt, laid the pages down on it, pinned it everywhere, and sewed. I sewed the front and end pages directly onto the cover, and the middle page I sewed to the middle of the cover by leaving some extra felt on the side of the page, and sewing that side of the page to the cover. (I'll show this with pictures at the end.) And I love it! The book is all one piece, all attached, and since the cover is made of t-shirt fabric it is super soft and nice to touch.

So, without further ado, here is my nephew Max's quiet book!


The apple tree page:


Noah's ark, with finger puppets (um, I only had time to make one finger puppet by his birthday...I'm going to make him more, I promise!)


The main body of the ark is a big pocket for finger puppets. I sewed around the top of the pocket (using a little thread design my sewing machine offered) to reinforce the edge. That way the felt won't get too stretched out when children used the pocket. I did the same thing with the basket on the apple tree page. (I also sewed some detail on the ark's roof, using another thread design setting on my sewing machine.)


The jellyfish page:


And dinosaur page:


Now here's a bunch of shots of the cover and the binding:


How the middle page is attached to the center:



I really like how it turned out, and I hope Max and my brother and sister-in-law like it too!


Interview 
(is it really an interview if I'm asking myself the questions?)


What's your name? Describe yourself in one sentence. 
I'm Jocelyn! I'm a homemaker and I like making stuff.

Who did you make this quiet book for? How old are they? 
My nephew, who just turned one year old.

What's your level of sewing experience? 
Intermediate.

How long did it take you? 
Ooh, tough question. I was totally going to mark down exactly how long it took me so I could tell you guys, but...I forgot. So, I'll just have to give you my best estimate. I worked on it at nighttime for a couple weeks. All told, I would guess about 14 hours?

Did you use any templates? Where can they be found? 
I actually used my own templates for the apple tree page and the dinosaur page (you can get them by clicking on those links). I didn't use a template for Noah's ark, just kind of winged it after looking at a lot of pages for inspiration. My jellyfish page was based on this jellyfish page.

How did you bind your quiet book? 
I cut a big piece of fabric out of an old t-shirt to use as a cover. I sewed the first and last page directly on to the fabric (I turned in and sewed the fabric edges under the felt so that the edges are nice and clean). I sewed the second and third pages back to back, leaving room on the side of the page. I used that extra room to sew those pages directly to the cover as well, in between the two end pages.

What material are the pages made out of? 
Felt.

What other materials did you use? 
Velcro, thread, and ribbons.

How much did all the supplies cost you? 
I already had most of the supplies, and the extra supplies I needed (I think just velcro, and a page or two of felt) only cost me a couple dollars.

What's your favorite page? Why? 
I think the jellyfish, because it's so colorful and happy.

And that's my newest quiet book! I hope you enjoyed it. :)


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, July 28, 2014

I'm back!

Hi everyone! Sorry I've been MIA during July. My family just moved across country at the beginning of the month, and we've been getting everything unpacked and settling in for the last couple weeks. But the dust is settling, and soon there'll be new quiet books up on the blog! We even have a giveaway coming up!

In the meantime, here's a sneak peek at one of the new quiet books coming your way:



So stay tuned in, we'll have some fun new posts soon!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Jan's Quiet Book

When I made my first quiet book, I bound it like my mom had bound the quiet book I had as a kid - I sewed button holes in the sides of the pages and connected them using binder rings. This option is easy and functional, but I kind of wish I had known at the time about quiet book covers! Since the time I made my own book, I have seen so many cute quiet book covers and wish I had made one for my kids' quiet book.

Today's quiet book has an adorable cover, made by Jan of "Jan's Art Friendzy" for her granddaughter. She made the quiet book cover just like she makes her quilts, and it gives the quiet book a really cute, really sturdy look! I love the handles she added and the velcro clasp. You should really check out the cover she made on this earlier quiet book, too - I love it. It's very quilt-style, and just adorable.

The pages in Jan's book are fantastic, too. Everything looks very clean, sturdy, and well-made. I like the details she added, like choosing fun patterned fabric for plants, pockets, and other things. Anyway, I'll quit rambling so that you can enjoy Jan's awesome book!


 Interview

Who did you make this quiet book for? How old are they? 
I made the book for my granddaughter's 2 year birthday which was at the end of April.

How long did it take you?
I made the book over a couple weeks of sewing an hour here and there in the evening. Most of the time spent on the book was in the planning stages.

How did you bind your quiet book? 
I decided to bind the book just as I bind my quilts. I really like the finished look it gives the book. I wanted Chloe to be able to carry it with her so added handles.

What material are the pages made out of? 
The pages are made from a very firm pellon (can't remember the number) but it is called ultra firm.

What other materials did you use? 
I also used lots of felt and some fabric and buttons.

How much did all the supplies cost you?
I'm not sure of the cost of the book since I used supplies I had on hand. I made a Quiet Book for another granddaughter several years ago and had felt left over so used that.

What's your favorite page? Why?
I think my favorite page in the mailbox. I wrote a birthday post card to Chloe and put it in the mailbox.

To view Jan's quiet book on her own blog, click here: Jan's Art Friendzy: My Granddaughter's Quiet Book. To check out her other quiet book, click here: Jan's Art Friendzy: Quiet Book.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful quiet book with us, Jan!


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

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Nadia's Color Quiet Book

Last year I was able to share with you an awesome quiet book made by Nadia from the blog Basically Burt, and today I get to share another quiet book of hers with you!

Nadia recently made a colors-themed quiet book for her son. Many colors-themed quiet books are mostly touch-and-feel books, but Nadia wanted to add some activity to the book. To do so, she added pockets to each page and things that her son can color-match to the different colors. What a great idea! If I ever make a colors quiet book I think that I'll copy that idea. :) She also added a song about colors at the end, another really fun idea. So, enjoy Nadia's new book!


Interview

What's your name? Describe yourself in one sentence. 
My name is Nadia.I am a busy mum of one from Melbourne, Australia.

Who did you make this quiet book for? How old are they? 
I made this book for my son who is 18 months old. I had previously made a more elaborate quiet book but wanted something simple that he could begin to use now. I got inspiration from a color quiet book floating around on pinterest which has beautiful patchwork pages. I however wanted to add an activity to the book, which was when I though of color matching and putting things in bags (which are both activities my son loves at the moment).

What's your level of sewing experience? 
I am not a beginner, but am by no means an expert. I enjoy patchwork, quilting and have made a couple of quiet books previously.

How long did it take you?
This book was fairly quick to make. I made it over three days in nap times and at night. It probably took about 10 hours in total.

Did you use any templates? Where can they be found? 
I used no templates. I simply got my scraps of material and sewed them together until they were big enough to sew onto a double page.

How did you bind your quiet book? 
I simply sewed all the pages together down the center of the cover (and a couple of pages to each other).

What material are the pages made out of? 
The pages are made out of my scrap patchwork material, sewn together. These blocks are sewn onto a page which is made out of bedsheets a family member no longer wanted. The front cover is made out of fabric from an op shop.

What other materials did you use? 
I used organza drawstring bags to put the colored objects into (as I wanted something see through). I also used fusible interfacing to help attach the words and letters to the pages before sewing them. I used a fabric marker to write the words. The colored objects to match to each page are buttons and foam shapes that I found at a $2 shop.

How much did all the supplies cost you?
Given lots of my materials were second hand and scraps, this book cost very little. About $10 Australian all together.

What's your favorite page? Why?
Its hard to have a favorite, given that all the pages are the same. I do like the colors in the blue page!

To view Nadia's quiet book on her own blog, click here: Basically Burt: My Quiet Book.

Nadia, thank you so much for sharing your cute and smart colors quiet book with us!


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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Sabrina's Quiet Book

I am constantly amazed at all the talent that the readers of this blog have. I receive submission after submission that just leave me floored. Sabrina's quiet book is no exception - from the fantastic embroidery, to the awesome cover, to each and every one of the creative, cute, and fun pages.

Some of my favorite pages from Sabrina's quiet book include her solar system page (wow! So cute and cool and the detail on her planets is incredible!), her farm page (the ears of corn are awesome), her refrigerator page (looooove all the food), and her forest page (again - the detail is just incredible). It would be hard to not be inspired by this book. So please, enjoy!


Interview

What's your name? Describe yourself in one sentence.
My name is Sabrina and I am a stay at home mama from Germany.

Who did you make this quiet book for? How old are they?
I made it for my wonderful daughter Christina. She is almost 2 years old and already loves her book.

What's your level of sewing experience?
I think I am advanced.

How long did it take you?
I don't know... Maybe 2-4 hours per page. I do all embroidery files by my own which has taken the most time to complete.

Did you use any templates? Where can they be found?
Most ideas I found on this blog. I made my own embroidery and cutting files. I am not very good in handstiching. So I decided my machines can do the work :). Here are two other pages I found my inspiration from - Solar system: Imagine Our Life: Solar System Quiet Book Page; Forest page: Meli Melo: Wild Animal Habitat.

How did you bind your quiet book?
I used grommets and binder rings.

What material are the pages made out of?
I don't know the English word. In German it's called embroidery felt. It is for embroidery applications and it is washable and stable.

What other materials did you use?
Cotton and fleece for applications. Ribbons, buttons, KamSnaps, and felt.

How much did all the supplies cost you?
I think the materials which I used have a value of more than 60€. About $80.

What's your favorite page? Why? 
Ooooh! This is hard to say! But my top 3 pages are - solar system - farm page - forest page.

Thank you so much for sharing your book with us, Sabrina. It's fantastic!


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