So this week, I decided to make a Quiet Book for our little man. We’re flying (first time with baby M) for Christmas, and we’re hoping it goes smoothly. I had to hand sew almost the entire thing, which was very time consuming, and I didn’t actually use any patterns or templates so there was quite a bit of trial and error. The great thing about these is that you can make them appropriate for any age. Our little guy is only 10 1/2 months old, so his is definitely baby friendly, but there are TONS of ideas for toddler and even some school age pages (hey Pinterest!). Keep in mind, I have pretty messy hand writing and I was pressed for time…and this is actually my first DIY for anything remotely like this, so it’s not perfect by any means. Since I hand sewed, the seams a little uneven, and I used fabric paint for the words and numbers, so they’re not super adorable. But I’m happy with the overall project, and I’m sure Baby M won’t mind the imperfections. He taste tested each page as I finished them, and seemed to enjoy them all (especially the page with the buttons, pompoms, and tulle)!! So I started with 6 8inx18in rectangles of material, in all different colors and patters. One of them is even felt! I would suggest laying them all out and figuring out which designs you’d like to put on which page so that you know where everything is going. I stopped at my local hobby lobby and picked up some essentials: thread, different colors of felt and fabrics, a few zippers, a package of buttons, and a packet of large Pom poms. The giraffe print fabric and the tulle were both in the scraps bin, so make sure you check there too! Hobby Lobby actually has precut squares of felt in different colors in the crafting section and that’s where I found the Orange and yellow felt. The rest of the materials I used, I actually had from previous projects. Now this is what I used to figure out how to put it together: http://lellaboutique.blogspot.com/2011/04/baby-boy-texture-book.html?m=1 and here are some pictures of my finished project:
if any of you are interested in making your own quiet book, I’d love to offer some tips to help it come together, maybe more smoothly than mine did, so just let me know! My main source for info was just searching Pinterest, so that’s a great place to start! Merry Christmas everyone!