Monday, September 15, 2014

Debbie's Bible Creation Quiet Book

Like I mentioned in a post just a couple days ago, one of my favorite things about quiet books is how unique they all are. Machine sewn, hand sewn, hot-glued, felt, cotton, vinyl - they're all so different and personal. The lovely Bible Creation quiet book that I get to show you today, made by Debbie, is an excellent example of that. Debbie used printer fabric to print out her designs directly on to fabric, cut them out, and she was ready to go! She was able to easily create some really cute figures and graphics with this method. I've never heard of printer fabric before, but what a great idea for quiet books! It opens up a lot of possibilities for pages and figures. So enjoy Debbie's Creation Quiet Book (which goes through each day of the creation of the world), and remember printer fabric as a possibility in the future!


 
 Interview

What's your name? Describe yourself in one sentence. 
Debbie - I am the mother of three grown children and a huge Disney fan.

Who did you make this quiet book for? How old are they? 
 I made it to donate at a silent auction to raise funds for scholarships for students attending Florida College, a small Bible college in Tampa.

What's your level of sewing experience? 
Not too high - I only use my sewing machine for crafts.

How long did it take you?
Five hours or so - I rarely have time to sit and craft for a long period. This quiet book is easy to start and stop and start in again.

Did you use any templates? Where can they be found? 
I use Colorfast Printer Fabric to print out the graphics. Printer fabric is super easy to use and makes very professional looking pages, especially when you aren't especially artistic and you don't have to have an applique machine to make good looking pages. I just discovered printer fabric a few months ago and have used it a lot ever since. You can find the graphics and directions at my Etsy store: Live for it Quiet Books.

How did you bind your quiet book? 
I use 1 1/2" album rings and a hole punch.

What material are the pages made out of? 
Felt with Peltex in between the pages for added stiffness.

What other materials did you use? 
Printer fabric, tacky glue, velcro, snaps, Heat-n-Bond.

How much did all the supplies cost you? 
Approximately $30-$40 dollars.

What's your favorite page? Why? 
The ladybug page (Day 6 of Creation) - there are so many things to do with it; the ladybug zips to hold Adam and Eve and their changes of clothes; the giraffe's spots can be snapped on and off and the tiger's tail moves back and forth - lots of fun to play with.

If you'd like to purchase Debbie's templates to download, check them out in her Etsy shop here:  Live for it Quiet Books.

Thank you so much for sharing your awesome book with us, Debbie!
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, September 12, 2014

TIffany's Etsy Quiet Books

Today's quiet books are awesome. They are made by Tiffany of Always Sewin' Somethin!, the same talented seamstress who made the books featured on Monday and Wednesday of this week. The books featured today are both really cute and available for sale in her Etsy Shop.

There are a lot of pictures below, so let me take a moment explain what all of the quiet books are before you scroll down. First of all, there are three different versions of Color quiet books. These three books are different sizes and have different features, but are all focused on color. Secondly, there is a Shapes quiet book. Finally, there is full, twenty-six page ABC quiet book, and an example of the Personalized Name quiet books that Tiffany makes. You can also see any and all of these quiet books in Tiffany's Etsy Shop.

So let's dive in!

The three Colors quiet books:


Interview for the Colors quiet books

How long did it take you?
Since I intended to list this in my Etsy shop, I kept extensive notes on how my time/money was spent. The button version took about 10 1/2 hours, the regular version took about 7 hours and the mini version took about 5 1/2 hours. I worked mostly during naptime over the course of a month or two.

Did you use any templates? Where can they be found?

Nope. The designs are completely my own. I did do some google image searches to help come up with good shapes.

How did you bind your quiet book?
Two metal key rings.

What material are the pages made out of?
Pellon Extra Firm interfacing.

What other materials did you use?
I went to JoAnns and got a four inch cut of anything I found that had a unique texture. There is some minky, vinyl, toweling, velvet, mesh, denim, satin, ribbon, and even a little burlap in there.
I also used buttons and velcro for attaching the shapes.

What's your favorite page? Why?
The pink pages are my favorite because I just love the furry pink minky.  :)


The Shapes quiet book:


 Interview for the Shapes quiet book

How long did it take you?
This book took me about 6 1/2 hours to make.  I worked on it during naptimes over the course of a week or two.

Did you use any templates? Where can they be found?
I designed all the pages myself.  In fact, I have gotten so many views from Pinterest, I decided to write a pattern for it, which can be found HERE.

How did you bind your quiet book?
Two Metal Key Rings.

What material are the pages made out of?
Pellon Extra Firm interfacing.

What other materials did you use?

Felt, Buttons, Ribbon, Velcro, Thread, Flannel

What's your favorite page? Why?
I think the car page is my favorite.  I like the big button wheels.


The ABC and Personalized Name quiet books:


Interview for the ABC and Personalized Name quiet books

How long did it take you?
The ABC book took about 20 hours.  I've been working on it off and on for a LOT of months.  Connor's book took about 6 hours and about a week.

Did you use any templates? Where can they be found?
Nope.  All the designs are my own.  Although I did do a lot of searching on Pinterest and later google images for ideas.

How did you bind your quiet book?
Two binder rings and a hole punch.  The ABC book turned out SO FAT that I had to add a strap to keep it closed!

What material are the pages made out of?
Pellon Extra Firm interfacing.

What other materials did you use?

Felt, Buttons, Ribbon, Velcro, Thread, snaps, beads, craft sticks, googly eyes, yarn, zipper, faux leather.

What's your favorite page? Why?
I love how Connor's octopus page turned out (it's much cuter in real life) and I love the xylophone page.  My boys' favorite seems to be the puzzle page.

To see the Colors quiet books on Tiffany's blog, click here: New Quiet Books: Colors!
To see the Shapes quiet book on Tiffany's blog, click here: Shapes Quiet Book
To see the ABCs and Name quiet books on Tiffany's blog, click here: New Quiet Book: ABCs!
To see all of these books in Tiffany's Etsy shop, click here: Always Sewin' Somethin! Etsy Shop.

Thank you for sharing all of your fabulous quiet books with us, Tiffany!



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, September 10, 2014

Henrik's Quiet Book

Today's book is the second quiet book I get to show you made by Tiffany of Always Sewin' Somethin! This is a book she made for her friend's son Henrik.

I love how bright and colorful each page of this book is. The cover is fantastic - I love the bright letters that spell out his name, and the fact that they're on snaps you can snap on and off. What a great idea to have even the cover have an activity! And all of the inside pages are great as well. Tiffany's shape page is so smart - in addition to to the shapes themselves, she's sewn little pictures of things that use the shape. For example, next to the triangle is a triangle-shaped tent. Really cute and fun. :)

This is just such a colorful, cute book, and I hope you enjoy it!


Interview

What's your name? Describe yourself in one sentence.
Tiffany; I'm a stay-at-home mom to twin boys and I love to sew whenever I get some free time.
Who did you make this quiet book for? How old are they?
I made this book for Henrik, one of my boys' little friends.  He was about 18 months old at the time. 

What's your level of sewing experience?
Intermediate.

How long did it take you?
About 11 hours, an hour or two a day spread out over two weeks.

Did you use any templates? Where can they be found?
The barn page came from Homemade by Jill: Quiet Book Templates
The other pages are just mini versions of some of my other quiet books.

How did you bind your quiet book?
Two metal key rings.

What material are the pages made out of?
Pellon Extra Firm Interfacing.

What other materials did you use?
Felt, snaps, velcro dots, buttons, ribbon, googly eyes, fabric scraps.

How much did all the supplies cost you?
About $8.

What's your favorite page? Why?
I think the Shapes spread is my favorite because it's so colorful and has so many little activities.

To see Henrik's quiet book on Tiffany's blog, with more explanations for each page, click here: Always Sewin' Something: Henrik's Quiet Book. Thank you for sharing this awesome quiet book with us Tiffany!


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