Baby

A Quiet Book

Because I didn’t have enough to do around Christmas, what with craft fairs and twin quilts and all, I made Noah a quiet book. In fact, I wanted to give it to him as a Christmas present, so I was sewing together the binding in the car on the way to Portland for family Christmas! Talk about cutting it close.

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A lot of quiet books are for slightly older kids and have puzzles or activities, but this is more of a “touching book”. It is really tactile, with lots of bright colors and different textures. It took a while to make, but I had a lot of fun buying weird materials at the fabric store and raiding my mom’s button jars.

The first page is an owl, because I was so excited about how the twin quilts were turning out. This owl has wings made from fleece.

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Then came the sheep. I cut it out from left over terry cloth, the head and legs are just regular black fabric. The grass is green felt, and I put the flower ribbon under so he has a reason to pull the grass back!

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This giraffe is made from some brown velour that my mom found lurking in a box. Isn’t that what fabric scraps do?

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Then come the two pages that have moving objects. They are back to back so I could sew down the ends of the yarn just to make doubly sure they don’t pop out. These fish swim back and forth. Pinterest for the win!

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Then I raided my mom’s button can(s)! The one in the bottom right hand corner has pokey things on it; that one is Noah’s favorite.

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This page was when I got some very odd looks at the fabric store. But the metaly looking stuff is definitely a favorite. Maybe because it’s shiny. This page had to be hand sewn, so I did it while watching insipid Christmas movies. There are an awful lot of those on Netflix.

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And please don’t laugh at me, I was attempting to make a lion, but it came out looking like Garfield got stuck in the ribbon basket. Oh well. The ribbons are cool.

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This butterfly’s wings flap. Blue on the front, green on the back.

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And finally, a bunny! He is white felt, with pink terry cloth for the ears.

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This was a huge undertaking, but totally worth it. I mean, Noah almost made it all the way through church on Sunday! If I ever get bored, I have a bunch of ideas for a toddler quiet book in the back of my mind. We’ll see about that, eh?

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