Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Mr. Potato Head - Quiet book pages 10 & 11

Thanks for hanging in there with the quiet book pages! We're getting close to the end, I promise. As I mentioned, I love having this quiet book for church. Today I have for you the Potato Head page.


On the left is a simple potato head body which can be dressed with all the different accessories stored in the pocket on the right. Some of the quiet book potato heads I've seen have velcro on the body and on each accessory, but I decided to go a simpler route. Since the page is felt and all the accessories are made of felt, they stick together. Unless you pick the page up and shake it around. Which hopefully no one will be doing. Although, with kids, I can't rule that out.

Here's some of the ways Mr. (or Mrs.!) Potato Head can be dressed up:


And here's all the different accessories:


There's three sets of eyes (black, green, and blue), two sets of ears (one with earrings, one without), three hats (black bowler cap, yellow baseball cap, and a bonnet), two sets of shoes (blue and pink), two mustaches, two mouths (smiling teeth and big red lips), two noses (a big orange one and a smaller pink one), and a purse. They all store away in the clothes bucket, which closes with a snap so nothing falls out (thanks to my friend Jill for that idea!).

This is one of the few pages I did actually use a template I found online; the original template can be found here. I used the body, the arms, and some of the accessories. It helped a lot. I made some of my own accessories, and made a new template for them.

I really like this page; I think it'll be a fun one to play with. :)


To download the free Mr. Potato Head quiet book template, click here or on one of the pictures:



To download the entire Quiet Book template, click here or on the picture:



Here are links to the other quiet book pages:









68 comments:

  1. This is so cute, thank you so much for sharing the templates! They are perfect and I'm so excited to make this book!

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  2. can't find the download. it just keeps taking me to google

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    1. Hmmm... you might want to try again. I think the link was broken a couple days ago, but it's working now. :) She also has a second link down in her comments if the first one isn't working for you.

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  3. quick question-- did you double up the accessories (like two ears sewn together) or just use one piece of felt. I'm getting ready to start making one and I'm not very experienced at sewing.

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    1. Hi! Yes, I did double up on the fabric for the accessories. Or, put another way, each accessory is made from two layers of felt. I did it to give them a bit more thickness and durability. Good luck at making your own! I'm sure they'll turn out great. :)

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    1. No, I don't. I've got a seven month old baby and it'd probably take a bit too much time. But thanks for asking! :)

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  5. I love this! I'm due in 6 weeks and stocking up on project ideas. I'm thinking of doing a felt wall area in the nursery and having a batch of potatoe head accessories to go with :) Very cute & Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks so much! The felt wall is such a great idea. Good luck with your new baby! :)

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  6. I absolutely love this idea! I'm making a list of things I need to start putting together a book for my 2 year old! Not sure exactly how much "quiet time" this would buy me but some very good activities for fine motor!!

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, I'm hoping the different activities will help with motor skills. :) Good luck!

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  7. Love your quiet book! It's so dang cute! I'm in the process of making this for my little girl. However I ran into an issue. I downloaded "jill's" template and it only came only with the mr. potato head accessories. Did you create the mrs. potato head accessories, if so where can I find the template you used? Thanks!!

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    1. Hi! Yes, I created the Mrs. Potato head accessories from scratch. Unfortunately, I didn't make a template for them. I wish you the best of luck in making them, though; making them from scratch wasn't too hard, it just took a little bit of experimenting. :)

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  8. Hi Jocelyn! Thanks for the cute idea and the link to the template for Mr. Potato Head. I'm going to draw my own Mrs. accessories by looking at yours. We are making this page with our entire Relief Society for an activity. We've put a new spin on it, though. I've drawn the full Armour of God for Mr. P! :) My youngest is 11, a little old for a quiet book, however, Mom has totally fallen in love with these cute little books! LOL

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    1. I totally love your idea! An armor of God Mr. Potato head? That would be amazing! Good luck and thanks for stopping by! :D

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  9. This is absolutely fabulous! Thank you for sharing it.

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    1. Thank you! :D And you're welcome. :)

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  10. I'm so excited to have found this via Pinterest and will be visiting your other blog. We have quiet bags in a basket as you enter the church and keeping it stocked is my contribution to the project. I had the idea of making some quiet books but hadn't figured out how to do it. Now I have an excellent teacher! Thank you so much.

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    1. Thank you so much! That's a great idea (having a basket of quiet books). Good luck with making some more! :)

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  11. This is wonderful!!! I clicked on the link and I didn't see all of the accessories you used. Do you have a link to those too? Thanks :)

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    1. Hi! Most of the accessories came from the link, but a few (like the purse and the hat) I made myself. I didn't save the little templates I made as I was making them. However, due to multiple requests, I am going to make the templates for them and post them here. Look back later this week!

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  12. I wish I could purchase one from you rather than make one - since I don't know how to sew and don't even known a sewing machine! Any way I could????

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    1. Hi! Unfortunately, these books would take too long to make to sell effectively. If you based it on a hourly wage, the price would be way too high. So, it's more just a labor of love. :)

      About not owning a sewing machine: I do know of people who have hand-sewed them or even just used glue guns instead of sewing at all. This woman just used a glue gun: http://quietbookblog.blogspot.com/2012/10/lauryns-quiet-books.html So maybe you could try that! Good luck. :)

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  13. I love this idea. So cute!

    Can I make a request? I appreciate your reasons for installing a no right click code on this page, but on a page with multiple links like this, I hate having to leave the original page just to check out one of the links. Could you please make your links open in a separate window? That would be so helpful. :)

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    1. Great idea! I changed the links so they now open to new tabs. :)

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  14. Great idea! I noticed that the edges on your Mr/Mrs Potato Head and accessories look so nice and crisp - did you sew them all with matching thread? Thanks!

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    1. Hi! Yes I did. I matched the thread to the color of the fabric. :)

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  15. Love! Thanks for taking the time to blog this and share with us!

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  16. Did you post the new templates you mentioned above? I didn't see them but wasn't sure if I was looking in the right place. Very cute idea! Can't wait to make one myself

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    1. Hi! Sorry it took so long, but yes, I did! Here they are: http://www.scribd.com/doc/119879058/Potato-Head-Quiet-Book-Template

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  17. Thank you so much for sharing this. I can't wait to make one for my son. :)

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  18. Just finished mine!! Shared it here:http://4pinksandablue.blogspot.com/2013/03/a-quiet-book-for-noisy-child.html

    I linked to your blog also! Thank you soooo much for the patterns!!

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    1. Really cute! Yours turned out so great. And you're welcome! :D

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  19. Did you sew the accessories on a sewing machine or did you hand sew them? Do you think it would take long to hand sew each? All I keep thinking about with sewing on the machine is threading it over and over to match the colors, plus I don't have any loaded bobbins so I would need to do that with each color. Maybe I am over thinking this. Either way, I am very excited to make this for my kids! :)

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    1. Hi! I sewed most of them on a sewing machine; the littlest ones I sewed by hand. It did take a lot of work to change the thread for each color. :P To sew the ones on a sewing machine; I cut out one layer of the shape, sewed it to the big piece of felt, and then cut it out again so now it was double-layered. I found that easier than trying to sew two little shapes together. :)

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  20. I can't get the patterns to download scribd says I need to pay for membership... Help?

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    1. Hi! Thanks for letting me know about this; Scribd started charging for my templates without notifying me and without my permission! I transferred everything over to Dropbox. If you try the links again, they should work this time. Or you can just go here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/p1amjmo83ie7pfk/Free%20Quiet%20Book%20Template.pdf

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  21. Is there a way around the scribd download? I am a member, but not a paying one. I guess you can't use the free membership to access these? : (
    These are wonderful, your daughter is lucky!

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    1. Hi! Thanks for letting me know about this; Scribd started charging for my templates without notifying me and without my permission! I transferred everything over to Dropbox. If you try the links in this post again, they should work this time. Or you can just go here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/p1amjmo83ie7pfk/Free%20Quiet%20Book%20Template.pdf

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  22. Wow this is AMAZING! Thank you so much for sharing your templates!

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  23. Thank you so much for sharing your templates. My MIL made a quiet book for our oldest son, but I can't give it to our 5th child because there are beads on one page that are coming off...so they're still a choking hazard for a 2-year-old (or the dog!). I've really wanted to make a new quiet book...now I have some lovely, FREE ideas! Blessings to you and your family!

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  24. Great idea! I added it to my Toddler Activities iPhone app http://care.ly/feature/toddlers/. Let me know if you'd like me to add other activities... Thanks, Danielle

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  25. Did you use velcro on the backs of the pieces? I'm trying to figure out how the pieces stay in place. Thanks. This is so great.

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    1. Hi! No, I didn't use velcro. I figured the felt would pretty much stay in place by itself (as long as you don't lift the page straight up). And for the most part, it does pretty well, just felt-on-felt.

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  26. How did you manage to sew the arms and smaller pieces? I feel my pieces look very sloppy.

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  27. Thank you for sharing this! I can't wait to get it made.

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  28. These are amazing. I am making them right now!

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  29. Hi, I cant get the dropbox link to work. Is there another way I can get it?

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    1. Hi! Yes, just email me at jocelynsunshineblog @gmail dot com, and I'll send you the files. :)

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  30. I'm also having problems with the links. If it is possible could you please email to me? robinsnc (at) Gmail (dot) com? Or if this is no longer free could you please provide a link to purchase?

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  31. Hi I am also having trouble with the dropbox link. Can you email me the templates at kimberlythulin@hotmail.com. Thanks, i can't wait to get started.

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  32. I can't get the link to open to get the templates. Can I get the files as well. Thank you so much! Super excited to use these!
    Megan-ahlers@hotmail.com

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  33. I can open the links in dropbox, but have problems printing them to fit the page. I can usually get the first page reduced some to print but the other pages do not. Would you email me the files. love your great ideas. Getting excited to make a quiet book for Christmas for my granddaughter. Thanks paulawelch@cox.net

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  34. Hello! I am so so grateful to have stumbled upon your blog via Pinterest. I have been looking for a quiet book to make for my children for a very long time, and none were quite what I was after... until today. This is perfect! Thank you so much for sharing your designs!

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  35. This is so cute. I also can not open the links can you please share the files with me? I can't wait to get started.
    Thanks
    stacienail@hotmail.com

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  36. Do you remember how many of each color you bought? I want to make two books for Christmas gifts but want to make sure to get enough felt as we don't live very close to the craft store....if not, that's ok. These are so cute!

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  37. Very nice. I'll try:) THank you...

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  38. Thanks for this tutorial and pattern pieces- I recently made this into a page for a quiet book for my niece for Christmas! http://starb37.blogspot.com/2014/01/post-christmas-pics.html

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  39. Thank you so much for the tutorial and pattern pieces.

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