Thursday, December 1, 2011

Finished Quiet Book!

After months and months of attempting and procrastinating, I'm finally finished with little E's quiet book. I only finished six total pages, but I decided six pages were better than having an uncompleted project staring at me every time I approached my craft table.

The Cover
The book is held together with grommets and book binder rings. With the grommet design I can always add more pages later! I bought a package of Dritz 1/4" eyelets, an eylet tool and book binder rings from Wal-Mart for approx $5. I purchased one yard of a soft cream utility fabric for $5 and the rest of the fabric, felt and other supplies, I had on hand.
Total Cost= $11 (ish)

Three Peas in a Pod
The peas each come out and reattach via velcro.

Flower Garden
Each flower's center is a magnet that the little lady bug (and soon to be bumblebee) can land on. There is also a magnet sewn into the grass for the insects to land on.

I found all of these zippers at Savers for $0.25, score! Took them home and sewed them into place on the page. Hand-stiched "Zip-a-dee-do-da."

Trace the Letters

I went to local scrapbook store that lets you die cut fabric and cut the letters out in a six color rotating pattern. Or if you have a Silhouette or Cricut, lucky you, simply cut the letters out at home. I then affixed wonder-under (Pellon) to each letter and with a ruler, ironed in place. Hand-stitched "trace the letters."

Hanging Laundry Letters

I cut the numbers out with a die cut machine. Then I affixed the numbers to squares of felt with pellon. I pinned the numbers into place and sewed them into place on the page with my sewing machine. Under the numbers I hand-stitched  buttons to correspond with each number. To add to the "laundry" feel, I used Fabri-Tac to glue a piece of lace across the top of the numbers.

I finished off the book with a pocket page that can hold the magnet ladybug, notepaper and a pen for more quiet fun! I do have a few other pages in the works, like this "feed the fish" page. Hopefully it won't take me another year to complete six more pages...

The book was going to be wrapped and given to my little girl for her birthday (in July) and then when I didn't finish in July, for Christmas, but she has seen every page and loves I'm giving it to her early -or late depending on how you look at it!!!

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