Thursday, January 22, 2015

Quiet Book, Part 1

Inspired by a few ideas on Pintrest and motivated by an impending airplane flight with a two-year-old, I made a Quiet Book.  I think this is the first major creative project I undertook since my kids were born.

This is the cover.  My son's name is obviously Max.  When I first set out to do this, I planned to sew EVERYTHING.  I quickly realized that a hot glue gun and fabric markers was much, much easier.  I did sew all the pages, though I realized later that felt would have been easier.  And using fabric from old t-shirts for some of the pages...while nice for texture and color, is a real pain to sew.  It's all stretchy and gets all weird while sewing.  Eh, live and learn.

I originally made a hard cover for this book, but besides the fact that I couldn't gromit it with the materials I already had, I realized it wouldn't travel well.  The cloth cover worked much better.  And I held the whole thing together with binder rings.

This is the first page.  I actually used the star from an old bib for this, and put some velcro on the back so my son could tear it off and stick it back on again.  Everyone online said that two-year-olds love to do this and it keeps them busy for quite a while.  Mine was not interested.  At all.

This was the page my son spent the most time on.  It's just beads on string.  I didn't like how it turned out (because I kept messing up with the fabric markers), but he really liked playing with the beads.

Last page for today.  Simple little number flaps.  Pretty much explains itself.

Check back next week for the rest of the quiet book.  The pages I'm most proud of are yet to come!

It's been a while...


Yeah, it's been a couple of years since I posted anything.  Sorry.  Had a few life-changing events happen, which set off a creativity dry spell (curse you pregnancy hormones!).

But, now I'm back, and I have lots in store for you!

I already have a quiet book to show you, a new quilt, and a couple of themed parties.  So come back next week to see what's new!