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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Quiet Book Ideas

Sharing just a few of my Quiet Book Ideas.  Some of you may be looking for ideas to make your own.  Back when Sweet Tween was itty-bitty I put together this quiet book with the help of my good friend Molly.  I'm an amateur sewer (especially back then) and did some of this by hand while I watched TV at night.  We thought this up on our own BEFORE Pinterest and internet help . . . (GASP!), so no laughing at our "creativity."

It was a fun project (though I'm sure I'll NEVER do it again) and my kidlets have all LOVED this book.  When it was finished, we joked that we didn't want our kidlets to play with it after all our hard work, but it has stood the test of time and many tiny hands very well.

FRONT PAGE: I sewed on sticky felt letters and added cute buttons from the sewing aisle.  For each page I used THICK felt. 

 Peek-a-Boo Flaps with cute patches from the sewing aisle at the craft stores.

 FISH BOWL:  The fish can go in the water.  They are attached to ribbon, so they don't get lost.


DRESS UP DOLL:  A favorite page.  
 The doll is made out of foam.  We just hand drew the pattern for the doll and clothes.

 Throughout the whole book we used the THICK felt.  It's actually kinda hard even.
SHAPES:  Another favorite.  Used a pocket from old jeans to store the pieces in.  Holds it nice and tight.

 I used permanent marker to trace the outlines of each shape.  Easy and it's lasted more than 10 years.


 On these pieces I doubled the THICK felt and stitched it together so they would be sturdy enough for to keep their shape with little hands.

TRAIN:  The train is made with regular felt.  Just hand drew the shapes.

 Each car has a different animal.  Again, patches from sewing aisle and ribbon.


 HAIR:  Her face is made of foam with stitched features.  I attached a big ribbon and I'll put clips on it so they can do her hair.  As they get older they can practice braiding.


BACK PAGE:  Lift the flaps.  Easy.  Just THICK felt and snaps.


Hope this helps you with your project!


17 comments:

  1. I love your ideas, I plan to make a few girly ones for my daughter.

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    1. Thank you! The fun thing about it is there are endless possibilities. I bet yours will be CUTE!

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  2. I'm quite impressed by your pre-Pinterest creativity, my dear!

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    1. Why thank you!!! It's funny how we sometimes think we can't be creative without Pinterest.

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  3. What a great idea - it looks so simple too!

    Yvonne @ TriedandTasty.com

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    1. It's not too bad. Especially for expert sewing ladies. But if I can do it, anyone can!!!

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  4. I have one of these from my grandma from when I was a baby. They're cool.

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  5. I love this!!! Pinning.

    Stopping over and following from the Bloggers Brag Pinterest Party. :)
    <3 Stephanie @ Life as a Mommy

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  6. I am always amazed at people who make these as they look so time consuming! Yours looks great! Thanks for linking up with the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board!

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  7. Hi Lisa! Your Quiet Book ist great and just inspiring! I´ve git one question though: what size is it? Is it college block size oder half of it?

    Thanks in advance for your help and greetings from germany
    Jessica

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    1. Hi Jessica! It's bigger than a regular sheet of printer paper (8.5x11 inches). It's about 10x12 inches

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  8. Hi I am thinking of doing a quiet book for my daughter and my niece. One question I have is how to make the book stand the test of time? I saw you used thick felt... is this the woolen felt or a blend? I saw someone else used pellon? I am just trying to find a way to make it last so that my kids may be able to show theirs. Any suggestions? I have read that the acrylic and eco- felt will not last.

    Thanks.

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    1. So I am not sure what kind I used or what it was made out of. It was just the thickest felt I could find at Hobby Lobby. It's very sturdy and has lasted for 12 years so far (that's how long I've had it!!). I hope that helps. Wish I knew more!

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