Quiet Book, Part 3

We’ve done the first 4 pages of the quiet book so far (8 actual pages), so here is the last installment with the last 2 (really 4) pages!  Check out part 1 and part 2 for details on the prior pages.

The idea for the I spy page came in part from the teepee quiet book here.  I thought it would be fun to include more prints, so I just changed it up a little.  The matching page idea came from here, although I used magnets instead of velcro (not because it was quieter, but because it was easier!).  The zipper page was my own invention, because Monster is almost old enough to be doing zippers on his own, so I wanted him to have a chance to practice!  And the jellyfish inspiration came from this Etsy page, but I couldn’t buy the design because I don’t have an embroidery machine, so I just came up with my own simpler design.  So without further ado, here are the tutorials for the last 4 pages!

I Spy Page

Supplies:

  • Scraps of several print fabrics (can have a theme or not)
  • Heat N Bond
  • Scraps of felt
  • 9″x9″ background fabric
  • 9″x9″ fusible interfacing
  • Contrasting thread

Start off by ironing Heat N Bond to the back of the pieces of print fabric you want to use, and cut out your shapes.  I opted for rectangles, but you can do any shape you want.  Then remove the paper backing, place them on the 9″ square background fabric, and iron them in place.  Iron the interfacing on the back of the 9″ square fabric, and applique the print pieces on.  Then cut rectangles of felt large enough to cover each print piece, plus extra on one side for the “hinge.”  Stitch the felt pieces onto the 9″ square, securely because they’re going to get pulled on!  You can mix things up by changing the direction the doors open.  That’s about all there is to this page – your kiddo will have a blast finding the different characters you’ve hidden behind the doors!  See photo below for the finished product.

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I unintentionally ended up with a sort of animal theme (I know that yellow jackets and dinosaurs aren’t animals, but close enough, right?)

Matching Page

Supplies:

  • From a print fabric, 2 of each of your matching characters
  • 6 magnets
  • 24″ polyester cording
  • 6 felt circles, about 1.5″ diameter
  • 9″x9″ background fabric
  • 9″x9″ batting
  • Coordinating thread

Just like the I Spy page, iron Heat N Bond to the back of your characters, cut them out, and iron them to the 9″ background square (put one of each on the left and one of each on the right, mixed up).  Place the batting on the wrong side of the background fabric (it will act to stabilize it) and applique around the edges of your matching characters.  Then, heat up your hot glue gun and glue a magnet on the back of each of the characters on the left (see photo below).  While it’s heated up, glue the remaining three magnets between two of the felt circles.  Cut your polyester cord about 8″ long and carefully use a lighter to melt the ends to prevent unraveling.  Insert about 1/2″ of a cord into the space between the felt circles and stitch all the way around the edges (reinforce with extra stitches at the cord).  Repeat for the other 2.  Then stitch the other end of the cord securely to each of the characters on the page.

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Magnets on the right here mean they’re on the left on the front! You can see the back of my applique, too.

To create the page, pin the I Spy and Matching pages right sides together and stitch around the edge, leaving a 3″ opening.  Clip the corners, turn right side out, and topstitch around the edge with coordinating thread, and you’ll end up with this:

Page 5 Collage

Dinosaur says hello! And aren’t my monsters cute?

You’re in the home stretch!  1 more page to make!!

Unzip a Surprise Page

Supplies:

  • 7″ zipper
  • Highlight piece, about 6″x6″ (robot for me)
  • Heat N Bond
  • 2 5″x10″ and a 2.5″x10″ piece of fabric (orange for me)
  • 9″x9″ background fabric
  • 9″x9″ fusible interfacing
  • Coordinating thread

Iron the interfacing to the back of the background square.  Applique the highlight piece to your background fabric (don’t forget to attach it with Heat N Bond first).  Then you need to make the zipper and flaps to cover it up.  Sew each of the 5″x10″ pieces of fabric to the edge of the zipper, flatten, and topstitch on the right side (just like we did in the quilted triangle bag, but without the end pieces).  Then fold over the top edge of each side and stitch it down (including the end of the zipper).  Lay the 2.5″x10″ piece of fabric right side down, lined up with the bottom of the zipper.  Stitch it, being careful not to hit the metal stopper at the bottom of the zipper, fold it back and topstitch to secure (try to make it straighter than mine – haha).  Then lay the zipper piece over the background and surprise, with the zipper centered and the top hem about 1/2″-3/4″ from the top of the page.  Stitch 1/8″ from the edge of the page around the 3 sides where the layers overlap, and trim the excess off the zipper piece.

Robot Collage

Left: The robot surprise is appliqued on the background. Right: Completed zipper piece.

Jellyfish Page

Supplies:

  • Lots of scraps of ribbon, cut diagonally to 6″
  • 3″x7″ piece of fabric to make jellyfish body
  • 9″x9″ background fabric
  • 9″x9″ batting

Place the background fabric on the batting.  Lay out your ribbons the way you want them to be, and stitch in place.  Cut out a rounded jellyfish body shape (I didn’t provide a pattern because it will depend on how wide your ribbon line is).  Applique the jellyfish body onto the background, covering the stitches you used to hold the ribbons.  You may want to stitch the bottom edge of the jellyfish twice, because they’ll be tugged on!  I don’t recommend using Heat N Bond for this applique, as your ribbons can melt fromt he iron depending on the material – better safe than sorry!  That’s about it – this is a very simple page to make.

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Just a simple stitch to hold the ribbons. You can trim the excess at the top if you want.

Assemble the last page just like the others: place the two pages right sides together and stitch around the edge, leaving a 3″ opening.  Be careful not to stitch the top of the zipper flaps in the seam!  Clip the corners, turn right side out, and topstitch with coordinating thread (again, be careful not to sew down the flaps).

Page 6 Finished

The jellyfish provides fun sensory play, and the robot plays peek-a-boo!

We’re in the home stretch!  My final post will provide directions for making a cover and binding your quiet book, so stay tuned!

Quick links to Part 1, Part 2, and Binding/Covering

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