Well, I did it. I made another one.
Two, actually. My niece Emily was turning one and so I made one for her birthday, and a copy of the same book for Ellie.
I made a Butterfly themed book, called the Butterfly Book. And you can get the free template here!
I was inspired by the quiet books at Shaer Talents and One Lovely Life. The book is four pages long (not including the front and back covers). It has a caterpillar page, a flower page (with little butterflies on ribbons), a big butterfly with flappy wings page, and a leaf pocket page (full of colorful shapes to decorate the butterfly's wings with).
Here's the caterpillar page and the flower page with tiny butterflies:
The caterpillar on the caterpillar page has removable body pieces, attached with velcro. It also has a peekaboo little caterpillar hidden in the cocoon.
Here's the flower page:
The flowers are attached by their yellow pollen-y part in the middle. Since the petals aren't sewn down on the edges, they kind of pop up and are ruffly. Ellie really likes playing with them.
This page also has two little butterflies attached to the page by ribbon. They can "fly" to each flower and land on them.
The butterfly is attached just by its body (with the edges of the wings sewn underneath the body) so that the wings are free to flap up and down.
And here's the back:
My daughter's favorite page is definitely the first one; she loves taking the velcro caterpillar off the page and carrying the pieces around.
To download the free Butterfly Quiet Book Template, click here or on the pictures below:
Happy quiet book making! If you have any questions at all, feel free to ask. :)
What's your name? Describe yourself in one sentence.
I'm Jocelyn; I'm the one who runs the blog. :)
Who did you make this quiet book for? How old are they?
I actually made two copies of this book: one for my daughter, who's now a year and a half, and one for her cousin, who's a couple months older than her.
What's your level of sewing experience?
How long did it take you?
The first copy I made (for my niece) I did in about a week. It probably took about 20 hours. The second copy took about the same number of hours, but it was spread out over a couple months.
Did you use any templates? Where can they be found?
I was inspired by the quiet books at Shaer Talents and One Lovely Life. I made my own pattern, which you can download here.
How did you bind your quiet book?
I sewed two button-holes in the side of each page, and then connected the pages with metal binder rings.
What material are the pages made out of?
What other materials did you use?
More felt, thread, and a couple pieces of ribbon.
How much did all the supplies cost you?
Only about $6 for each book. I already had the thread, ribbon, and some pieces of felt. I just needed some more, different colored pieces of felt.
What's your favorite page? Why?
Probably the first one; I just like the happy caterpillar. :)
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