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Monday, March 4, 2013

Quiet Book - Boys

About a year and a half ago, I was looking around at quiet books for my daughter. I wasn't really thrilled with any of the ones you can buy, and the homemade ones looked - well, homemade.  
 
Then, I came across these quiet books at serving-pink-lemonade and decided I wanted to try making some of my own.  Check them out, they're very cute!
 
I decided I wanted all my own original pages (well, the artwork anyway) because I thought maybe I would sell them someday.  Okaaaaay.... nice thought. Ha! Have any of you ever tried making one of these?  They take a LOT of work.  Seriously.  A LOT.  And I quickly remembered that I am sewing impaired - can't even sew a straight line, as you will soon see. :)
 
However, if you are just making one, I say go for it! They are actually kind of fun.  It's also nice to look at it and think, "I made that!" 
 
So anyway, here are the pages I came up with for a boy quiet book.  I never even got around to binding it together. Haha  :) 
Tools.  Not a new concept, however very necessary for little boys.  My youngest son would have absolutely LOVED this.
I made the tools out of extra stiff felt, because I didn't think tools should flop around.  :)  They are also double-sided, so they can go either way and look more like real tools.
Traffic Light.  This is a snap-on page. 
I think this is my favorite of all the pages.  It was soooo hard to draw and make look right.  My oldest son, who is a soccer player suggested the lovely lime green color and also the stripes.
It was really hard to find small shoe laces, so I cut them and then fused the ends together with a lighter. :)  Just make sure you attach the shoe to the page before you add the laces, or the shoe will be all lumpy.
Every quiet book needs a clock page, right?  The hands are made from stiff felt and attached with a brad.  Remember to cut your letters out backwards - trust me. :)
 
My girl quiet book has a dress up page, so I really wanted one for the boy book, too.  These turned out so cute!  I intentionally left off the mouth, but you could easily stitch one on.
These glasses were made of stiff felt, also.
I looove this Viking!! His beard is the best!  I know the eyes are a little creepy, huh? haha :)
 
There are sooo many different things you can make for this page.  I just did a few.
Dump truck with button up tires - love!
I lightened this picture up a little too much, but the black just doesn't show up enough.  Oh-well, you get the idea. :)
I really wanted to do a finger puppet page, and so I decided to do the monkeys jumping on the bed.  I know, there's only three, but you could always do more.  Not me though, three's good.
 
 
This was one where the idea was much better in my head. It is supposed to be a jar, but I had a hard time sewing the vinyl.  I think a cute little mesh net might be better. 
 
The bugs turned out cute, though. :)
 
Okay, here are the templates for some of these pages.  Warning:  they are hand-drawn mostly, and not very professional, but they will work. :) 
 
 
Well, there it is.  I will be posting my girl quiet book very soon! :)
 
Thanks for stopping by! 
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18 comments:

Amy said...

Thank you! These are great ideas, and it's harder to find ideas for boys!

Mama D said...

I am obsessed with quiet books and have made about 30-40 pages of my own now (some are on my blog). Anyway, I absolutely adore your dump truck, dress up, and bug jar bags. They are amazing so I have pinned all three!

Mama D said...

Oops...pages not bags :)

Janette said...

Your quiet book pages are absolutely adorable! They are some of the cutest ones I have seen. Do you have templates for your pages? I want to make some for my grandson and twin granddaughters. I especially loved the dump truck and ballet shoes, but they were all so dang cute it's hard to say which are my favorites.

Beth said...

Thank you so much! They took a LOT of work! I went in and added a few of the templates, so hopefully that will help. They are not very well done though, but it's the end result that counts, right? :)

Jenn said...

I am wondering if you used fusible webbing for the pieces you didn't stitch it sew? If not, what did you use? Also, did you use stiff felt? Thanks! I love all your ideas and your pages came out great! My son will love these boy ideas!

Beth said...

Jenn -
I used Wonder Under for everything that I didn't sew. You might want to reinforce some of the pieces that will get a lot of pulling,(Like the snap-on pieces)because some of mine came apart.

I did use stiff felt for some of the pieces, like the tools because I wanted them sturdier. It's really up to you. :) Hope that helps.

Anonymous said...

Hi Beth! I'm in the process of making 4 (4!!!) quiet books for my kids (1yr-7yrs old) for a long haul flight mid-year. I LOVE your pages, but was just wondering if you have a template for the treasure chest that goes with the boy dress up? I'm struggling with the aspects of having it look 3D.
Thanks!
Clare

Beth said...

Okay - I updated the page with a link to the Treasure Chest. I didn't put it on there originally, because everything didn't really fit in it. If I was making it again, I would probably just make it one big pocket instead of opening up. Anyway - there it is, hope it helps. :)

Anonymous said...

What size are your pages?

Anonymous said...

Thanks SO much Beth! Off to cut it out! :)
Clare

G. said...

Completely adorable. :)

You know ... you could make it into a pattern and sell the pages instant download on Etsy. Just a though. :) I've thought of doing that with dinosaur quiet book pages I've drawn for my boy.

Julia G said...

This is TOTALLY adorable, especially the design-a-face page, the bugs, the... well, EVERYTHING!! Thanks for sharing your cute work!

Kh@dz said...

Your books are awesome!! And thank you so much for the template

Anonymous said...

Wow! Just wow! Totally inspiring book for boys. Perhaps the coolest thing I've ever seen as a craft idea. Thank you so much for sharing!

Jennifer {The Craft Patch} said...

Absolutely love it!

Becca said...

Thank you for these quiet book page ideas. I am hoping to make it quickly and send it to my cousins child at primary children's hospital asap. Any recommendations for how the book stays closed? ... zipper, button, clasp?

Abby Morton said...

Hi Do you have a pattern for your clock? I love yours but can't seem to find the template.

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