DIY Quiet Book

18 Apr

This is a sewn quiet book my mom made for her grandkids- it is so amazing! Every page has a purpose and learning opportunity. The fabric colors and patterns are so fun! I decided to show it off for her so those of you looking for a DIY Quiet Book idea might be inspired. Allow me to take you page by page.

The front:

DIY Quiet BookI love that my mom made them all with handles. My daughter calls it her church purse (we keep it in the closet, special for Sundays). The pages and handles are soft, and there is a Velcro closing latch.

Page 1:

DIY Quiet BookThis is probably my daughter’s favorite page. Each owl snaps on to coordinating color snaps, have wiggly eyes, and are finger puppets. She loves matching the color of the owl to the circled snap.

Page 2:

DIY Quiet Book

 

This is a fun sensory page. It is hard to tell in the photo, but each element of this page is a different texture or material. The sun is a shiny fabric. The cloud is a soft fleece fabric.  The ocean scene Velcros shut. The outside of it is a sheen blue. Inside, you have a metal anchor chain. There is a textured fabric star fish, a sequin fish, a jelly fish of fringe, and seaweed of ribbon and fringe. The shark is not attached to the page, it is a finger puppet made of faux leather!

Pages 3 & 4:

DIY Quiet BookPage 3 is simply a felt board. On page 4, there is a buttoned envelope containing different shapes my daughter can construct on the felt board. A circle sun, a star, a crescent moon, a triangle roof, a square house, an oval tree, and a rectangle trunk. 

Page 5:

DIY Quiet Book

 

Each felt tile has a number, 1-10 as well as a plus, minus and equal sign. This math page is great for as she grows and learns more about her numbers. Until then, she loves counting the beads on the ribbon as she slides them back and forth.

Page 6:

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The last page has a zipper pocket containing notepads and crayons. My daughter loves learned to use the zipper. She can draw pictures quietly when she’s done with the other pages of this Quiet Book.

Back:

DIY Quiet Book

 

The backside of this quiet book is the same as the front, except that hanging on the Velcro latch is a drawstring pouch for a marble maze:

DIY Quiet Book

 

It is hard to tell in photo, but this blind maze has a marble inside that you slide in a zig zag motion to reach the end. Flip it over and slide the marble back the other way. The maze pocket was sewn with lines that don’t quiet reach the other side, allowing the marble to move down the pocket row by row.

This quiet book is a huge hit not only with my mom’s grandkids that she made them for, but with each kid that comes across it. Sometimes at church the kids that sit around us want a turn at it too- and all the moms marvel at the ideas and fabric of it all.
Just for pinterest fun, I’ve created a collage of these photos all in one (but feel free to pin any image):
DIY Quiet Book

7 Responses to “DIY Quiet Book”

  1. Brianna April 18, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

    Oh how fun! I can see this keeping my kids occupied for a long time! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Steph @ Crafting in the Rain April 18, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

    That’s awesome–so much to do!

  3. Abby April 21, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

    This is so neat! It looks much more ambitious than what I could accomplish, but it would be perfect for the frequent flights we take with my two and half year old. I might have to attempt something similar before our next trip in June. Your mom is amazing. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Lauren April 23, 2013 at 7:12 pm #

    Love all the page ideas! Thank you for sharing at our Pinteresting Party!

  5. amy @ one artsy mama April 24, 2013 at 10:03 am #

    Wow!! What an immense amount of time, work, and love went into that book! I absolutely love it, and am so glad you shared at Shine on Fridays!!

  6. Nancy April 26, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

    These are sooooo amazingly adorable!!!!

  7. Stephanie May 30, 2013 at 10:45 am #

    Um, I want this!

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