Baby’s Felt Quiet Book

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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!

Update: Thank you to everyone who has asked if I have a pattern. I didn’t use or make one. I sketched it out on paper, then traced onto the felt before cutting.

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138 Comments

  1. These are so so adorable!! Do you have a pattern that I can recreate for a gift for a friend? Would you be willing to share it with yours truly?

    1. Hetal – Thank you! Unfortunately, I don’t have a pattern. I drew outlines on pieces of paper and cut them out of felt. Best of luck to you!

  2. This looks great. Thanks for sharing!
    Did you sew the zip? I am not so good at sewing , but think it is a great idea.
    Do let me know. Thanks!!

    1. I sewed the zipper onto the backing and then the alligator mouth covered up the rest of it. It’s WAY less difficult than actually attaching a zipper to clothing. (I’m no seamstress!)

  3. Thank you for the inspiration, just finished mine yesterday! My 1,5yr old toddler LOVED it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Also a great way to learn new words, I made mine in Finnish and Swedish since those are our “home languages” ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks again, keep up the great work! <3

  4. I made one of these for my nephew. The pages turned out adorable, however, when I went to manually stitch the cream pages onto the colored felt my stitches look great on one side, but horrible on the other. Did you encounter this at all? Did you manually stitch them together or use sewing machine?

    Thanks su much!!!

    1. Amy – I hand-stitched them together, but I definitely had to go slow so that the stitches were even on both sides. (There was definitely some un-picking!) Lots of people have used their sewing machines for that part to save time. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Thank you for replying so quickly! After I noticed and did keep a close eye on it, the other side did look better.
    I am afraid if I were to stitch using a sewing machine they would look even worse! LOL!

    Merry Christmas!!

  6. Love all of these! (Especially the owl, alligator and fish!!) I want to make a book for my grandson and this has definitely inspired me – thank you for sharing yours!!!

  7. I donโ€™t have a sowing machine but I can sew. How long do you thing itโ€™s going to take if I do it by hand?

    1. It totally depends on your speed. I made mine almost entirely by hand and it took me 10-12 hours (as a beginner). I hope that helps!

  8. Hi Emily,
    This is such a wonderful book!! It’s genius. I love all the pages! Just two quick questions before I make one myself. Do you think this book will keep a new born entertained or is it meant for older babies? I’m thinking of making one as a gift for a friend who’s going to give birth next month. I will probably replace the zipper and fastener with velcro. Also, do you think someone who hasn’t stitched much before can complete this project? My sewing skills are very basic!
    Thank you so much for sharing this lovely book.

    1. Oh, thank you! I have very beginner sewing skills–you could totally make this!

      As for age, most newborns can’t really focus on books. It takes till their a bit older before they really get more interested, but once my babies could sit up in my lap, I’d do the pages for them and they loved it. Then, as they got older, they could do it all themselves ๐Ÿ™‚

      Hope that helps!

  9. That book is so precious! A friend will have a baby in January, so maybe that’s something I could make for her – if I find the time! Thanks for sharing your book!

    Probably a stupid question – but as the lion is my fave page by far… isn’t that a little risky for babies? I mean, if they pull threads from the loose ribbons, they could choke – or are those somehow sealed so that no threads can be pulled?

    I’m totally thinking of adding teeth behind the alligator’s mouth – but “red lips” (zipper) would look weird. I’ll have to see what I can find in my local craft store!

    1. Helena – Not a stupid question!

      I have never felt like ours was unsafe, since I’ve been on hand every time they’ve used it and we haven’t had any loose threads from our ribbon. You can “seal” the edges of ribbon by holding it over a flame or lighter if you’re nervous! I hope that helps! ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. You could draw the teeth with a Sharpie (a permanent marker) behind the zipper.
      Either sew with the backing page being neutral or sew a small piece of fabric behind the fabric to draw the teeth in.

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