I’m super excited to share this with everyone. It is a project that I’m very proud of and I can’t wait to add more to in the future. This is Delia’s Quiet Book:
Delia’s Quiet Book
Yet another project idea I got from Pinterest. This actually stemmed from a friend…Thanks Dana! Dana made felt boards for her kids’ playroom and I thought this was an awesome idea! As I researched, I realized that there were different forms of what she had done. Parents were making “busy bags” and “busy books” to keep their children occupied in restaurants and on long car trips. I even stumbled upon a page that mentioned having a “busy bag” swap, where each parent brought materials to make a different “busy bag” and everyone exchanged with each other. Finally, I came across the Quite Book. Most people make them out of felt (it is durable for those little toddler hands) and there are so many different kinds of pages out there it is actually overwhelming.
So I started this project over the summer in hopes that I would have something to give Delia by her second birthday in March. Here is what I came up with!
Rapunzel: This was one of the first pages I put together. I had a piece of fleece left over from a blanket that I made Delia with all of the princesses on it. I cut out Rapunzel and sewed her to a piece of felt. Then I hot glued yellow embroidery floss to her head to make her long hair. On the side there are clips and barrettes for Delia to use on Rapunzel’s hair.
Rapunzel…Do Her Hair
Our House: This was an idea I got when browsing around, but the design is totally mine. I tried to make the house look similar to ours and there is a zipper to open it up. Inside is our family. We are all finger puppets for Delia to play with. I think Barkley came out the best!
Closed House…Zipper Practice
Finger Puppet Family
Dog Collar: Delia has always loved clipping things together. We used to bring a dog collar with us places just to keep her occupied for a while. So having some kind of clip in this book was a given. Again, I had seen the idea somewhere, but this design was mine.
The Purse: For this page I deconstructed one of my old Vera Bradley purses and sewed it up into a mini form. Then I created little trinkets to go inside. Everyone loves Delia’s license!
Pizza: This was a fun one to make. I saw this idea in a bunch of places, but I ended up using BillyBear4Kids to take my patterns from. The pizza is sewn down, and Delia can put whatever toppings she wants on it. I happened to have the pizza cutter from a cooking kit that I had.
Pizza with Toppings
Mr./Mrs. Potato Head: I saw this idea several times, but thought it would be fun to do a two-page spread showing his front and then his back with the storage pocket. Thank you to Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows for the free template for Mr. Potato Head’s parts!
Mr. Potato Head Closed
Mrs. Potato Head
Mr. Potato Head
Fishing: Again, there are several versions of this page, but I designed this one on my own. The fishing pole is magnetic so Delia can fish for the different fish, while learning her numbers!
Itsy Bitsy: One of my favorites! Delia loves this song! When I saw this page, I felt like I hit the JACKPOT! First of all, this came whole page came from the blog ImagineOurLife. This girl is the queen of quiet book pages! She seriously has designed so many awesome pages and she creates patterns for them! Thank you so much Stephanie for all of your fabulous work!
Pirate Page: Another one by ImagineOurLife!
Pirate Page Closed
Pirate Page Opened
Music Page: This one was my idea. I made the notes movable, so Delia could arrange them into different songs. Then each note corresponds with it’s key on the piano. I’m a little disappointed though, because after it was done, I realized the notes facing downward are backward…and I’m a musician. Ooops! I will eventually go back and fix this, but it will have to stay for now.
Music Notes & Piano
So that is it for now! I absolutely love this project and think that it came out great! I’m looking forward to adding more pages in the future. I made this book binder style so I could take away and add pages as I see fit.
Hope you enjoyed!