Friday, August 14, 2009

Dexter's Quiet Book

My nephew's first birthday is coming up, so I decided to make him a cloth quiet book. The first book I made was a PAIN IN THE REAR, but I was able to streamline the process this time around. I've also learned a ton since the first book, so it was definitely easier, although very time consuming. As always, if you have questions about how to do this, leave me a comment and I'll do my best to answer.


Front cover:




First page: includes a hand-stitched inscription on one side and a truck on the other side that has several different types of wheels to button on. The yellow fabric is a pocket where the wheels can be stored.




Second page: An airplane and boyish paper dolls.

The parachute man jumps out of the airplane and the paper dolls are magnetic.

Third Page: A race track! The little car has to dodge a mud puddle, go through a bridge and stop at a stop sign before it can park in the garage pocket.



The bridge is made of felt so it can fold down when the book is closed.



Fourth page: a treasure chest complete with lock and key. Wouldn't it be fun to put fruit snacks in the pocket so that he has to open the chest to get the treat? This page also has a fishing game. The fish and pole are magnets and they all store in the boat pocket.

And last, but definitely not least, the face page. It's my favorite! All the pieces are lined with felt and store inside the checkerboard pocket.



Here's a side view. To bind the book together, I just laid all the pages flat and sewed them right down the middle. It was much easier!

Hopefully my nephew has lots of fun with this book as he gets older!

25 comments:

  1. I love it! I hate to admit, but I haven't even finished the first one. But this makes me want to finish it and attempt another one.

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  2. haces cosas hermosas... me encantaría hacer uno igual para mi bebé... felicidades por el blog es encantador

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  3. How did you get so amazing! I LOVE it but I always do. Hey, if you put patterns for sale I would probably buy them :)

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  4. So cute! I just discovered your blog and I love it! You are very talented. Is there a patern or instructions for this book? I would love to make one for my little boy. It might make church a little more bearable! Ü

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  5. I love this! You did a great job. I have always wanted to make one of these and they just seem like sooo much work! You obviously spent a good amount of time on yours! ;)

    Rebecca

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  6. Awesome! My goodness- you deserve the most incredible sewing machine in the world creating things like that! You are amazing. I miss you- we're back in moscow and it just doesn't seem right without you here! :)

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  7. Very cute! All your pages are so clever and fun.

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  8. That bridge is such a great idea, love the treasure chest, and everything is so well done. Bravo,... if one day i can ever create something as cute as you I might start posting on my blog again!

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  9. Jenn, do you have a button for this blog??

    Lexie

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  10. Amazingly cute. I wish you were my kids Aunt:)

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  11. That book is too cute! I need a couple of those for Sundays!!

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  12. Hey Jennifer It is Hollie I found your blog through Whitney's super cute project I definetly need a quiet book for my boys. Email me at nhollie(at)hotmail(dot)com and I can send you a link to our blog.

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  13. Hi Jennifer! This is your old college buddy Janie! My sister Jess found your blog and linked me over! I'd love to be in on your family blog, so send me an invite! janiep27@hotmail.com. I have a family blog: paulandjanie.blogspot.com. I'm into sewing bigtime - I can't get enough of it - so your craft blog is a FIND! Can't wait to catch up with you!

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  14. I just found your blog, and I love it! It is the best craft blog I have seen. You are just so gosh darn creative! I also love all the links to other projects you post, because they're all things that would consider doing! Keep it up!

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  15. Yeah, and you should create a button, so I can put it on my blog.

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  16. I love your quiet book! I think it's so cute!

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  17. Your face page... is there a template for the pieces? Where did you find them or did you make them yourself...if so how? jessica.lashelle@gmail.com

    Thanks!

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  18. I just love this quiet book, I have 3 boys and my crafty time is my time to make something for them. Do you have the patterns or a tutorial of how you made this! I would love to find out!! Thanks, Brooke
    b_rpenrod@yahoo.com

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  19. Is there any way to get the pattern for your adorable quiet book?

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  20. Is there any way to get a pattern for your adorable quiet book?

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  21. I am terrible at responding to comments. So sorry everyone who has been asking me questions.

    I didn't use a pattern for this quiet book. I made it up. I sketched things on paper and then made them of felt or fabric. I don't really have a tutorial either, but maybe in the future I should do that. I know that is not much help at all, but at least now you know. Sorry I can't be more helpful!

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  22. I love it! I especially appreciate the boy theme!

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  23. Very nice quiet book :) And I need admit that it's done very precisely :) I tried also very much, but it's not so easy, it only looks like :)
    greetings :) m@rta (my quiet book: http://marta-mojepasje.blogspot.com/2011/08/quiet-book.html?utm_source=BP_recent)

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