Monday, December 28, 2015

Kate's Roll-up Quiet Book

Today's innovative quiet book comes to us from Kate, a writer and book reviewer who writes the blog Blondie Marie. She made this roll-up quiet book mat for her son. The four pages are sewn side by side with a denim backing, and they can all be rolled up together and closed with a button. It's such a cute book and a great idea; I especially love all the animals that are hiding behind the doors of the barn! All of the pages look very fun and interactive.


What's your name? Describe yourself in one sentence.
My name is Kate, and I am a writer, blogger and book reviewer living in northwest Iowa.

Who did you make this quiet book for? How old are they? 
I made this book (mat) for my son, Emmett. He's one year old now, but I'm hoping this can carry him through a few stages.

What's your level of sewing experience? 
Intermediate to mildly advanced. I think the mat stayed beginner-to-intermediate.

How long did it take you? 
I spent about a month on it, working a few hours here and there. Total? Maybe 40? I'm not entirely sure. The farm scene by far took the most time. Most of the other ones I could knock out in a couple of hours.

Did you use any templates? 
Yes! The lion I took from Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows, and I also used her barn template as the basis for my barn. The animals I found the basis for on another website, but I can't remember which one. I altered those patterns too, though.

How did you bind your quiet book? 
I went roll-up-mat-style with a button and button-hole closure.

What material are the pages made out of? 
Felt. The backing is a denim-type fabric I had on hand. There's also a layer of felt between the panels and the backing, for a little added thickness.

What other materials did you use? 
Ribbon for the lion panel, elastic for the farm scene and the bead panels and Velcro for the farm scene and color squares panels. The stitching is all in floss. I used a strap along the backing as well, and a button to close.

How much did all of the supplies cost you? 
About $40, but I have a lot felt, floss, Velcro and beads left over that I can use on other projects.

What's your favorite page? Why? 
I should say the farm scene because it definitely has the most blood, sweat and tears in it. But I love the color squares page, because I like the simplicity and the challenge for Emmett to match the swatches to the colors on the panel.

Kate, thank you so much for sharing your awesome quiet book with us!

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1 comment:

  1. Nice blog and great collection of toys thank you for sharing us.