First, I want to share some tips and tricks about making a quiet book. I posted some of them here in my first post.
- Reinforce your pages with iron-on interfacing. It will make it SOOOOO much easier to sew the felt on to.
- Using felt for all the pieces prevents the pieces from fraying. Felt doesn't fray, so you don't have to worry about the raw edge when sewing.
- I found that using felt for my actual pages (and sewing on felt pieces) didn't really look that good. That's why I went with fabric reinforced with interfacing. Looks much better!
- If you are going to spend the time making a quiet book, spend the time to make it look finished :)
- Any piece of the quiet book that is meant to bepulled off should be two pieces of felt sewn together. This will make the piece sturdier, and it won't lose it's shape as it is pulled on a lot. I mean, my 2 year isn't going to be gentle with this!
- Sew the POKEY side of the velcro on to the pieces meant to be pulled off.
- Sew the SOFT side of the velcro on the actual page. If you sew on the POKEY side to the page, it will catch on the pages.
- If you are sewing two pieces of felt together (for example, two 'tomatoes'), sew on the velcro first (pokey side) to ONE piece, and then sew the pieces together. (This will look more finished) If you sew the pieces together first, and then sew on the velcro, you will see where the velcro was sewn on.
Here are instructions for my second set of pages, with templates. Feel free to use them! (First four pages can be found here)
Build a Burger Page
- Cut out all pieces (1 of bun top/bottom, 2 each of remaining pieces)
- Lay out pieces on fabric, and pin where the bun top and bottom go.
- Sew on bun top and bottom
- Attach velcro to one set of the 'toppings' (cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, patty)
- Sew velcro pieces to remaining toppings pieces. This will give you a sturdier object to be pulled on by little fingers!
- Lay toppings pieces on fabric, and mark with small dots where the soft side of the velcro should go
- Sew on soft side of vecro
- Cut out 1 fish bowl from clear vinyl. (This can be bought by the yard at any fabric store. It's very cheap too. Around $2 for a whole yard! You only need about 10 inches.)
- Cut out 1 grass, and 1 water. (for the bottom of the bowl)
- Cut out 2 of how many fish you want.
- For example, if you want 3 fish, cut out six pieces
- Lay your fish bowl on the fabric, and position your grass and water UNDERNEATH the vinyl. Pin where your grass and water should go, and then remove the vinyl.
- Sew on the grass and water.
- Lay the vinyl fish bowl back on top of the grass and water, and sew on the fishbowl. Leave and opening at the top to put your fish in.
- Sew together two of each fish (no velcro for this page)
- Put your fish in your bowl!
Pretty Princess Page
- Cut out 1 Crown
- Cut out 2 of each star (3 stars means cut out 6)
- Position crown on fabric, and sew it on
- Sew velcro (pokey side) to 3 of the stars
- Sew one velcro star to one non-velcro star (do this for all 3)
- Sew one piece of soft velcro to each tip of the crown (there are 7 tips)
- Hot glue the pokey side of the velcro to 7 gemstones (can be found in any craft store)
- I also hot glued a gemstone to the middle of each star
- Position stars where you want them on the page, and then mark where the soft side of the velcro should be sewn on.
- Sew the 'soft' velcro on to the page
- Attach stars and gemstones.
- Cut out 1 hair piece
- Cut out one face (no template, just cut a circle!)
- Cut out 1 set of eyebrows
- Cut out 2 of all remaining pieces (eyes, noses, mouths)
- Position hair on page, and sew it on!
- Sew on face.
- Sew on eyebrows.
- Note on the eyes: I layered my eys to make them look more real. I started with a large white piece on the bottom, followed by a color piece (blue for one set, brown for the other) and a small black piece on top. You don't have to do this; you could just do one color.
- Sew pokey side of velcro to one side of each remaning piece.
- Sew velcro-ed piece to corresponding non-velcroed piece.
- Position pieces on face, and mark where soft side of velcro should go
- Sew soft side of velcro onto face for eyes nose and mouth
- Sew one long strip of velcro across bottom of page to store pieces on (soft side of velcro)
Tie Your Shoe page
- Cut out 1 of each shoe piece.
- Sew on largest shoe piece first.
- Sew on next piece of shoe (purple in my picture)
- Sew on front of shoe
- Sew on foot hole.
- Using a handheld grommet machine, punch grommets in the flaps to lace (I did three on each side)
- If you don't have a grommet machine, you could just cut holes in the felt
- Sew on the lacing flaps.
- Add shoe lace.
- Template for car is above.
- I did not include a template for the black traffic light or for the red/yellow/green lights. They are fairly easy shapes to just cut out :)
- Cut out 1 traffic light
- Cut out 2 of the red/yellow/green lights.
- Cut out 1 car body and window
- Cut out 2 of each wheel.
- Sew on black traffic light.
- Position car body, and sew on.
- Sew on car windows.
- Sew on pokey side of velcro to 1 of the red/yellow/green lights and to 2 of the wheels.
- Sew the velcro pieces to the corresponding non velcro-ed pieces.
- Lay the car wheels on the page, and mark where the soft side of the velcro should be sewn on.
- Sew on the soft vecro for car wheels.
- Lay the red/yellow/green lights on the page, and mark where the soft side of the velcro should be sewn on.
- Sew on the soft vecro for the lights.
Sneak Peak of the fabric I am using for the front and back cover. LOVE IT! My next post will be how to finish your quiet book, and do title work. Feel free to contact me ANY time with questions!