I made two of these, one for my niece and one for my son (What was I thinking making 2?!). It was fabulously fun, but time consuming. Far more than I thought!
They were basically the same, except my niece's one had a girlier cover and a few different pages that I forgot to photograph. I generally just made 2 of everything as I went. Here is the cover on hers:, using one of my fav Cath Kidston fabrics! (and crappy phone camera).
- Has excited me.
- Hogged my time.
- Cost me (lots) of money (mainly because I bought tools I didn't yet have, like an eyelet punch and snap punch etc).
- Bored me.
- Frazzled me
- Expanded my skills
- Satisfied me.
It definitely needs supervision at this age though (20 months). The pieces go flying lost all over the room if you're not there to guide and coach :)
For those of you that like templates and tutorials, sorry but I don't have any. I have mentioned a few links along the way to some templates I used... but mainly I just made it up and cut out pieces as I went, or printed a clip-art template on paper and traced around it and cut. Its pretty easy.
- Felt (a tonne! Maybe 40 sheets of colour?)
- Stiff felt for page base.
- Snap studs
- giant Scrapbooking rings
- Hot glue
- Goggle eyes
- Sewing machine and thread
- Printable fabric
- Other random bits and bobs, fabric scraps :)
Also, this blog is a good one! How to Make a Quiet Book
And now for photos...
I couldn't decide what to do for the cover for ages. I originally thought a title would be nice, "Josiah's quiet book', but then the thought of making each of my consecutive children a quiet book each daunted me so much so that I thought I'd rather keep it multi-child user friendly! Hence the fabric being fairly gender neutral as well.
Rainbow and portholes made on printable fabric. Dolphins are iron on appliqués I had lying around in my stash from when I was about 14. Hence their dorkiness. I don't love them, I'll be honest. But now they're ironed on securely :( !
Think I used a template from Serving Pink Lemonade for my basic layout.
The fish and ducks snap on and off the page with snap studs. The baby ducks are supposed to be going for their first swim in the lake with mama duck.You can also just twirl them around without taking them off.
The fridge page is one of my favourites. After I made the fridge though, I was looking at it thinking it looks so boring! What can I do to jazz it up? What do fridges actually have on them? Magnets... photos... :)
So I printed some very mini family photos onto the printable fabric I had. Bingo! Cute and personalised fridge.
It is at this point some of you may notice that we are located in Australia.... Vegemite = yum!
Printable fabric used for Vegemite and butter.
My great friend Rachel also decided to make a quiet book for her son at the same time as me. She owns a "Cricut" machine and she figured out you can put stiff felt in it to cut out shapes (it is meant mainly for paper)! So the apples and fawn were done using that. So nice and neat :)
Josiah loves picking all the apples and strawberries and storing them in the basket on the opposite page:
Template based on one I saw at Homemade By Jill
So that sums it up really.
Fun project. Took me 2 1/2 months... of working a couple hours a week.
Very pleased with it. I hope he enjoys it for many years to come. it has already proven very useful on our family holidays when he wakes up earlier than everyone else wants to get up. Kept him quiet for an extra 1/2 hour each morning!
Happy to answer any questions!