Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Quiet Book Round-up!

All right! You've made it! I've subjected you to a million days of quiet book pages, and it is finally the end. Today I'm going to post all the pages, from beginning to end, so you can get a sense of how the whole book flows.

So, without further ado, the quiet book!


The lion page:

  
The barn and farm animals finger puppets page:


The apple tree and the dinosaur:


The car page:


The ladybug and the flowers:


Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head page and accessories:


The weaving page:

And the back!


So here's some technical how-I-did it: For the base of each page, I used the standard 9x12 felt sheets. I used felt for pretty much everything in the book, except the lion's ribbons, the car pocket, and the ladybug's wings (which were made of a spotty red fabric backed up with black felt).  I used sew-on snaps for the apple tree and the ladybug, velcro for the dinosaur, and big white buttons for the flowers. Most things in the book I sewed with my sewing machine; the very small or detailed things I sewed by hand. I'm planning on binding the book by sewing three small button holes on each page and the holding everything together with three three-inch metal binder rings, as soon as I can find some that big. And...I think that's everything!

Added in May: I finally got around to finishing the loops. I sewed three button holes on each page, and then used shoelaces for the loops. It works great!


This was a really fun project and I highly recommend it to anyone thinking about making one!


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



Here are links to all the quiet book pages:

The Lion (Texture) Page







33 comments:

  1. I LOVE IT, Jocelyn!! Seriously, every single page is so cute and fun! It's just perfect! :)

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  2. I am impressed! That is a masterpiece that will be well used by many happy and busy children. You did a fantastic job!

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  3. I was just searching the internet to find quiet book ideas and I found your blog post. I think you ended up with some of the best pages I saw. Great job.

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  4. Wow are you willing to make one and sell it to me? This is just amazing

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  5. This is incredible! What a fun project and a wonderful keepsake!

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  6. do you have patterns to these pages?

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    1. At the moment I don't, but I'm considering making and adding some in the near future. The one page that does have templates is the Potato page; I used the templates from the Oopsey Daisy blog, which I link to in the post. :)

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  7. How long did this take to make? It's adorable! Absoultely love it :)

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    1. Thanks! :D Let's see...if I'm remembering correctly, working on it everyday, it took me about two weeks to make.

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  8. Ok so.......can I pay you to make me one of these? If so, how much? No really, I'd like one for my baby. For christmas perhaps? So how much?
    coxrebekah@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Becky! While it would be fun to make quiet books to sell, they really are very time consuming and it wouldn't be cost-effective. I just launched a new blog, found at quietbookblog.blogspot.com, on how to make quiet books, and you can see from the numbers in the first post ($40 just for the supplies, then 50-60 hours working on the book) that the price for a quiet book would be really high, even just at a minimum wage level. But, if you visit the blog, hopefully you can get some inspiration and instructions on how to make your own. I plan to regularly feature different people's quiet books, with explanations of how they made them.

      If you are still interested in purchasing a quiet book with the understanding that each page (not including the covers) would cost somewhere around $30, you can email me at jocelynsunshineblog (at) gmail.com.

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  9. I am interested in buying one as well. would you be willing to make one? my email is sdavelaar@live.com

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    1. Hi! I just wrote a response to Becky above about the cost of such a book. If that cost is (understandably) too high, definitely check out quietbookblog.blogspot.com to check out how to make your own. If you are okay with that cost, send me an email at jocelynsunshineblog (at) gmail.com.

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  10. I love the quiet book! I went to Hobby Lobby today and bought a rainbow of felt to get started! I was wondering what your opinion was on machine washing the book. Have you tried that?

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    1. Hi! How exciting that you're making one! I've never tried washing the book in a washing machine; it seems like it'd be a bit too hard on it. Perhaps if you have a gentle machine (I'm thinking like an HE one) on the delicate cycle, it might work; otherwise, I'd probably just stick to washing it by hand.

      Good luck! :)

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  11. This is very, very cute! I have one I made years ago, from a Vogue Pattern, that is still getting a lot of use today by my granddaughter, who I have adopted. I'm thinking she may need two. :) Maybe this one for Christmas. Thank you so much for sharing this! Church is so much easier when they have things like this to occupy them.

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    1. Thank you so much! Good luck with your new quiet book. :)

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  12. I love your pages! When you make a pattern I would love to make them for my nephew. I've started making a book for him and I love the ones you have done.

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    1. Thanks! I'm going to start making and posting the templates this week, actually (starting with Mr. Potato Head). So check back sometime soon!

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  13. This is a great quiet book! Love the variety of activities and how it's put together. Great job! I'll be looking here for inspiration when I finally get around to making one!

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  14. Jocelyn you are a genius!!! Thank-you so much for sharing this. I found you through pintrest and am now following... Thanks again

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  15. oh my goodness! these are so adorable and look so fun! i bet my little girl would love one of these! thanks for sharing! xo

    -ashley
    ashleyrachelle.com

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  16. O MY GOD!! I can only say that I need a new kid that is under 5 years old! Although the cars page and the mr/mrs potato head would be a hit. hmmm Maybe I will find time to make some of the pages.

    Karin /Going Dutch on Decor

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  17. Hi this is so cute!! Did you use acrylic or wool felt? Acrylic is much more cost effective but I'm worried it won't stick as well as wool. Thanks!!

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  18. this is the best quiet book i've seen. Well done.

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  19. This is so amazing! I can't wait to make it for my grandson and daycare kids. Thank you for the ideas and the patterns.

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  20. I love this! Where did you buy all the felt? I'm wondering where it is the cheapest! let me know! Thank you!

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    1. Hi! I bought the felt either at Joann's Fabrics, Michael's, and Hobby Lobby (just whichever store I was in at the time). It's usually like 33 cents a sheet, but sometimes they'll have a sale where it's 4 for a dollar. Or, sometimes you can find a coupon that'll take 10% off your whole order or something similar. :) Good luck!

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