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Wednesday, October 12, 2011


For the past few months, I've been working on making a cloth quiet book for my 14-month-old nephew. A quiet book is like a cloth activity book that is interactive, so it keeps kids busy (and quiet). I had made one for Baby T, and I made one for my other 2 nephews last Christmas. I love making these, but it takes a lot of energy. I have to pull out a lot of little materials, the iron and ironing board, rulers, pencils, cutters and cutting mats, and it can be a lot to manage with a couple of ragamuffins running around.

I went back and forth a few times thinking I was not going to be able to finish this for my nephew, but I did. I mailed it on Monday, and I thought I would share some of the pages. I really only had time to make the cover (which includes the outer front and back pages and the inner front and back pages) but I can make additional pages at will and add them in as I have time. Hopefully I will get to add more pages in this lifetime!

What makes my quiet books different than many you see out there is that I use fabric scraps from clothing, sweaters, blankets, and pieces from my other projects. A lot of quiet books are made from felt. Using felt is easy; why would I go the easy route?! Nope, I make it a lot harder on myself by using fabric (some that frays), interfacing, and the almighty zig zag stitch.


The cover. The branch pulls out of the foliage "pocket" and the monkey slips off.
A bowl of cereal and milk. The colorful cereal pieces can
be hidden in the bowl or pulled out the bottom of the bowl.

The flower heads slip off the buttons and can be rearranged.

I make the outer back cover of all my quiet books a pocket
to hold all the removable parts within the book.

This is a newer page from Baby T's book. It's his favorite.
He finds pieces of garbage around the house to stick under
the flap of the recycling truck.

The cars snap onto ribbons so they don't get lost if you're
traveling, but you can remove them and drive them along
the roads or through the tunnel.

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Danielle said... Best Blogger Tips

Your quilt is BEAUTIFUL. I love items that you know will be in the family forever and passed down from generation to generation. Your nephew will truly appreciate all that work as soon as he is old enough to understand. Thank you for sharing.


Jenn @Monkey Butt Junction said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my GOSH, I love it! I need to remember to visit your blog more often. Every time I do, I enjoy it.

Charise @ I Thought I Knew Mama said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this! Are you selling them? If so, I'm buying!

lisaplus6 said... Best Blogger Tips

I love it! what a fun little book! I remember having a little book like this when I was little. what a great gift for a little one!

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kewkew said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, that is a great little book, so creative. I love the cereal and the flowers. you are very talented. I am now following your blog.
If you have a chance I would love for you to link up at

kewkew said... Best Blogger Tips

@Charise @ I Thought I Knew Mama

I was wondering that myself

Mallory said... Best Blogger Tips

Such a great idea, you did a beautiful job.

Mindy said... Best Blogger Tips

You made that? I am in awe. Seriously, that is precious! said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, thanks ladies! I am still deciding whether to sell these or not. I put a link on my facebook page to a survey. If you fill it out, it would really help me decide!

Kristi said... Best Blogger Tips

I love these little books - so colorful and handmade with love. I say sell them!

Happy WW! Thanks for stopping by.

Lauren @ Hobo Mama said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm with Charise: I've been looking for a busy book for ages! Sell sell!

These are gorgeous. I love the care you take with it, and that you use scraps — very green & thrifty of you! Your nephew is going to be so happy.

Melissa @ knit purl baby said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute! What a great idea!

melissa @ knit purl baby

Rachael @ The Variegated Life said... Best Blogger Tips

Just lovely!

Good Girl Gone Green said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, beautiful book!! I am so not that talented. Great job!

Tara said... Best Blogger Tips

I have been wanting to make a quiet book for what seems like forever! And one of these days I will get to it ;) but I love your ideas, these pages turned out so cute!

abasham said... Best Blogger Tips

The best thing about your books is that my 3 and 5-year olds still absolutely love them. They sleep with them almost every night and tuck their treasures into the fun pockets and under the blanket of the "bed" on Lucas's book. You should move to NY. Personalized, they'd sell here for like $100 a pop.

Marilyn said... Best Blogger Tips

YOU W O N the upcycling contest..!!!!! Wooohoooo!! CONGRATULATIONS again.. Come by and have a look pweease.. TY so much for sharing again.. : ))))

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