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.