baby’s felt quiet book

by emily on February 18, 2011

in projects

Felt Quiet Book I One Lovely Life It’s been a funky few weeks.

By funky, I mean a few things. The first is that I spent a week “off” of being sick. In a funk. The second is that I spent the next two weeks-ish elbow deep in felt and needles and thread and “watch instantly” shows on Netflix.

This second sort of funky resulted in a felt garland for baby’s room and a few good cries on the couch during shows where someone I didn’t want to die does, or two people I want to be together aren’t, or where two people who you KNOW have been meant to be together FINALLY tell each other how they feel and live happily ever after. You know, the sort of thing my heart would usually just ache for, but during my third trimester of pregnancy induces tears which then cause me to laugh out loud at the fact that I’m crying which makes me cry harder. It’s all very complicated. Funky, even.

Oh, and did I mention I finished a quiet book?

Felt Quiet Book I One Lovely LifeAnyone who reads this blog (or even just this post, for that matter) knows I’m a crazy person. One of my crazy habits is that I LOVE hand-sewing with felt. Don’t ask me why–I just find it relaxing and satisfying. I’ve made a few of these before, but it was really fun to make one FOR MY OWN BABY.

(Can you believe that she’ll probably be here in 8 weeks? I can’t either.)

Anyway, I thought I’d give you a quick look through the book. We kept it gender-neutral so that it wasn’t too girly if our next baby is a boy. Prepare yourself for lots of pictures…

Lion (lots of different textures and colors in the mane to touch)
Lion Quiet Book Page I One Lovely Life
Lion Quiet Book Page I One Lovely Life
Alligator (mouth zips open and closed)
Alligator Quiet Book Page I One Lovely Life
Alligator Quiet Book Page I One Lovely Life
Frog (tongue can catch flies)
Frog Quiet Book Page I One Lovely Life
Frog Quiet Book Page I One Lovely Life
Butterfly (wings can flap)
Butterfly Quiet Book Page I One Lovely Life
Butterfly Quiet Book Page I One Lovely Life
Fish (can snap on and off the page, or twirl around on a snap to spin in a circle)
Fish Quiet Book Page I One Lovely Life
Fish Quiet Book Page I One Lovely Life
Owl (baby owl hiding under a wing)
Owl Quiet Book Page I One Lovely Life
Owl Quiet Book Page I One Lovely Life
Monkey (banana peels to open)
Monkey Quiet Book Page I One Lovely Life
Monkey Quiet Book Page I One Lovely Life
Back Cover
Animal Quiet Book I One Lovely Life

Which page is your favorite? I can’t get enough of that owl page. I love it!

{ 92 comments… read them below or add one }

Mummy Melody December 2, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Also is there an easier way of sewing on velcro? It’s so hard to thread through and I’ve already bent one of my needles. My baby is not at the stage of using snaps properly so velcro seems to be the best way to connect items at the moment

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emily December 3, 2012 at 6:19 am

Melody: I’ve had some difficulty with velcro too… one suggestion is to use an embroidery needle (which is thicker, stronger, etc.). That’s what I did, but if you’d rather not and you do have a machine, you can use a machine to sew it on. Otherwise, they sell stick-on velcro, which might save you the hassle. Best of luck!!!

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Barb Melloy June 22, 2013 at 3:31 pm

How about using a glue gun? That’s worked for me.

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Kate January 19, 2014 at 4:19 pm

I used soft velcro for some trousers for a baby. It can be sewn by machine quite easily and isn’t scratchy like the tougher velcro.

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Yelena Mijares December 27, 2012 at 6:42 pm

AWESOME!!!!

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jody January 6, 2013 at 5:04 am

do you have pattern for this book?

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emily January 6, 2013 at 6:09 am

Jody – sorry, no! I just traced on felt and cut things out freehand.

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Angela January 29, 2013 at 6:53 pm

I can’t believe you did all that by hand! I’m very impressed. It’s a great book:)

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Jessica January 30, 2013 at 9:31 pm

Ok. That’s awesome and my tiny girl needs one!!!

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Joan Howe February 12, 2013 at 10:55 am

I am presently making a quiet book for one of my grandchildren. Thank you for the inspiration and creative idea!

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Haley April 7, 2013 at 7:43 am

This book is beautiful! I love it! I know what you mean about hand sewing felt. I feel the same way. I’ve made my kids lots of little stuffed animals out of felt and for some reason, I don’t get the same sense of peace and accomplishment when I use a machine. Plus, trying to sew the little details on my machine is a headache for me, so I’d rather just sew it by hand. This book is great though. Kudos.

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R . Dishaw April 21, 2013 at 8:17 am

This book is wonderful! Babies will love it. For older children, the letters can be snapped or velcroed on to learn spelling and reading .

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Amanda May 24, 2013 at 6:56 am

What’s the approximate size of each page? What are the dimensions of the cover and back of the book? P.S. Looks great!!!!

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emily May 24, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Amanda – I just used 8×10 or 8×11 sheets that they sell in craft and fabric stores, so that’s the basic size. The cover was the same. Best of luck!

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Kendall May 27, 2013 at 3:02 pm

How did you do the zig zag bits for the borders of the page? :)

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emily May 27, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Kendall – I used pinking shears. There are all grades of pinking shears, but mine weren’t too expensive. You can usually find them at Michaels, Jo Ann Fabric, and Hobby Lobby. Best of luck!

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Kendall May 28, 2013 at 12:54 am

thanks :)

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Janice Wiley June 5, 2013 at 8:10 pm

Dear Emily, This is the cutest book I have come across. I have twin great-grandsons that I intend to
make these for. Thanks for posting your wonderful idea. Janice

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Barb Melloy June 22, 2013 at 3:34 pm

I have used a glue gun to attach Velcro and little felt decorations that I didn’t want to sew. I have also used cutesy fabric that I had on hand and put felt on the back of it.

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Joy Kuhn July 24, 2013 at 1:59 pm

This is great!!! How did you bind the book when you were done?

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emily July 24, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Joy – Here’s what I wrote to another reader with the same question. Hope it helps!

2. For binding, I sew pages together 2-3 at a time into little groupings (i.e. the red page and the green page sewn together and the blue page and back cover together) then do one line of stitching to bind all the groupings together. I would recommend hand-sewing this part, even if you machine-sew the rest, since it can be hard for a machine to get through that many layers of felt. Next I cut a strip of felt to use as the binding (here I chose green). Using straight pins, I positioned the green felt to act as a binder around all the pages. Then I sewed a small rectangle around the green fabric to connect all the pages together. Does that make sense? You can email me if it doesn’t…

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Joy Kuhn July 24, 2013 at 6:46 pm

No thats great. Thanks!!

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Emily Helgeson October 2, 2013 at 10:58 am

Emily! I totally love this…and I don’t even have kids! I know I want to make this when one of my sisters/cousins has a baby. I think I’ll even make one ahead of time for my future kids. I just love how each page has something special about it. Great discovery for kids. Also, the felt makes it pretty durable. Great idea and awesome designs!

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emily October 2, 2013 at 11:45 am

Thanks so much! We’ve loved it and it’s sill going strong!

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Emily Helgeson April 8, 2014 at 11:11 am

Looking at this wonderful book idea again and wondering what you used to cut the squiggle edges? Did you use some kind of pinking shears?

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emily April 8, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Emily – Yes! I just picked up a pair of pinking shears at my fabric store. They’re nothing fancy, but I loved the finish they gave the pages!

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