Quiet Book

February 26, 2011

I had so much fun with this project!

I’ve wanted to make a quiet book for a long time and when I was brainstorming something to make with just scraps, this seemed like the perfect opportunity! I have heaps and heaps of scraps and had a wonderful time digging through them, selecting just the perfect ones for each page of my book.

In an attempt to make it educational as well as fun, each page features a different motor skill, and a different number of pieces to manipulate. The first 2 pages have apples you button onto a tree, and flowers you snap onto their stems.

The next set of pages have colorful balloons that velcro on, and once they’re all together, the balloon strings tie together to bunch them. The sweet birds nest has 3 colorful eggs to stuff inside it.

Next I recreated fruits and veggies often consumed in our house and made replicates of them to snap onto their match. And I adore the boat with its fishing lines cast out to hook the sweet little fish!

The back page has every girls dream accessory, a purse, complete with a zippered pocket to store all the pieces to this fun quiet book, ensuring nothing gets lost. My kids can’t get enough of it and to be honest, neither can I! It was fun to make and has been great to have on hand for a good distraction, as well as a wonderful, homemade learning tool.

10 Responses to “Quiet Book”

  1. Katie said:

    Melissa, this is positively adorable! I love all the color! YOu definitely need to add this to the quiet book flickr page. You can find the link under my Quiet Book tab on my blog.

  2. Marie Gross said:

    OOokay, where can I buy one? THat is the cutest thing ever!!! Are you going to put it on your Etsy?

  3. Laura said:

    That is the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen!

  4. Melissa said:

    Thanks guys! No, I don’t plan on making more or selling them, but I’ll put out a tutorial on how I made this one. It was SO much work! 🙂 I’m behind on my tutes, but I’m knee-deep in my final project, so they’re coming soon, I promise!

    Katie, I’ll add pictures to it soon! 🙂

  5. coral said:

    I love love love this! I can’t wait till you put out a tute!

  6. Amy @ Positively Splendid said:

    Melissa, I absolutely LOVED this project! Congratulations on making it into the top two!!

  7. Jennifer said:

    I have two little girls I sew for as well and I love your blog! I can’t wait for this tutorial – I have to make one of these for my girls!

  8. Niki said:

    Oooh! I’ve been looking at a bunch of quiet books online to get ideas and I like yours by far the most. Can’t wait for the tutorial. 🙂

  9. Amy said:

    I love the look of this quiet book. Most seem to be made of felt. I’m guessing you used regular cotton fabric. How did you apply it to the pages? I would love a tutorial, too! Great job.

  10. Melissa said:

    Hi Amy! I’d always intended to do a tutorial on it, I just never got around to it. The parts are mostly appliqued to the “pages” using heat n bond lite. You can get more info on how I applique from my tutorials listed in the sidebar.

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