One of the things my husband and I have in common is our love for books. This love came into play in our wedding in many ways that I was THRILLED to death about, but one of the ways this fancy has lent itself is an amazing DIY project we undertook for the littler helpers in our wedding party.
When I was a young girl, a good, family friend who is an amazing seamstress (she actually altered my wedding dress for me!) made my siblings and I a quiet book. My parents also made us a couple. I adored those books! It was perfect for taking to "big" church with me so I could stay quiet and occupied while still taking part in the church community. I loved that book so much, I made one for my little sister to match mine since she didn't have one. Granted, my cutting skills weren't what they are today, so the edges were all a little crooked. But it was a first attempt that has only magnified my desire to make another one.
I've been pinning ideas for quiet book pages on my Pinterest so I could remember them for when I had kids and had someone to make it for. Lucky for me, our wedding gave me an early excuse to make a few of those awesome pages. May I also take an aside and exclaim over how much quiet books have developed since I was little?!? Holy moly, some of these ideas are incredible! I was so excited to make one!!
In this particular post, you will get a picture of my finished page, a link to where I found the pattern or where I was inspired, and some instructions/tips to make a quiet book like mine!
3 pieces of 8-1/2 x 11 of red felt 2 pieces of 8-1/2 x 11 felt of each color: light blue, green, orange, brown, tan, blue, purple, neon blue, yellow, black 1 piece of 8-1/2 x 11 felt of each color: light green, dark gray, light pink, white, dark pink yellow fleece (smallest amount you can buy--Joanns lets you buy 1 inch which was more than enough) 1-1/2 yards of thick, white felt white, sew-on velcro (not the self-adhesive kind; it doesn't stick to felt very well.) snaps mixed, colored buttons pink ribbon strong magnets--I found the thin, tape-like ones weren't strong enough and needed the fat circular ones** plain, lined fabric for a special note/dedication page needles, thread, hot glue gun, sharpies, puff paint (optional)
**makes the page very heavy, so you might want to avoid these and substitute velcro
First, I cut out all the pattern pieces and cut out the colored felt. Next, I hot glued anything that could be glued. (I hot glued the finger puppets together first, and then stitched around the outside.) Then I attached snaps, velcro, buttons, magnets, etc. Next, I sewed items onto their own pages. I sewed completed pages back to back, stacked them, and sewed them together into a book. Finally, I wrote down any text needed on pages and added find details with Sharpie. (I did this last because I didn't want any words to be covered when I sewed the binding together.)
Book 1 - Boy, Age 3
Catching Fish - Pattern: Pops and Podge
Sock Sorting - Imagine Our Life
Dinosaur Shapes - Quiet Book Blog
Car Driving - Quiet Book Blog
Weaving Heart - Imagine our Life
Tic Tac Toe - Pops and Podge
Flower Garden - Quiet Book Blog
Memory Match - Whistle and Ivy
Book 3 - Girl, Age 3
Barn with Finger Puppets - Quiet Book Blog
Vegetable Garden - Whistle and Ivy
Ladybug Spots - Quiet Book Blog
Flower Counting - Serving Pink Lemonade
Apple Tree - Quiet Book Blog
Binding was done with embroidery thread and a needle. It was too thick to use my sewing machine. I didn't make my binding fancy. I just cared about it being a fun color and being secure. I made it by stacking the pages how I wanted them, wrapping a rectangular piece of felt over the top and bottom page, and sewing through all the layers. Nothing fancy! I used some fun embroidery thread that changes colors as you get to different parts of the thread.
I had lofty plans to cut out letters from felt and blanket stitch the edges, but this project needed to be finished and other projects needed to be started. (Welcome to wedding planning!) So I opted for some fun, colorful puff paint--remembering how much I liked the feeling of dried puff paint when I was a kid.
It was so fun to let our little helpers open them up before the wedding. The looks on their faces were so precious. They didn't want to stop looking at them! It was the best gift ever in my opinion, and very deserving for these three kiddos who traveled by plane from afar just to be in our wedding and wow our guests with their cuteness.