Rainbow Quiet Book 2
I took a break from selling on Etsy for most of December to devote some time to personal craft projects and learning to use my Christmas gift from my husband...a new embroidery machine! I am in love with it and I can't wait to make some fun toys for the shop with it. In the meantime, I wanted to make another quiet book for Rhys to play with during our Christmas road trip, and I finished it just before we left!
This book is similar to my first Rainbow Quiet Book, but I included different activities in this book and added decorate buttons to most of the pages to use up some of my button stash :) I also fastened the pages with button holes and baby links this time, instead of grommets and binder rings.
I embroidered my son's name onto a piece of felt and sewed it to the cover. It's not perfectly straight but I'm happy with it!
The red page is a lacing activity (remember my Quidditch lacing page?) where he can lace a white string through the loops of ribbon on the rainbow. The string is stored behind the clouds at the bottom of the page and I glued blue felt to the tip of the string to make it stiffer and easier to lace.
The orange page is an I Spy activity with different colored button shapes hidden in the white buttons. I also sewed matching buttons around the border as a guide for what to look for.
The yellow page has a rainbow of six zippers to play with, because he can never have enough zippers!
The green page is a buckle/weaving activity that includes six buckles. It was a little tricky trying to figure out the placement of the buckles to get them to overlap without covering each other, but I love how it turned out!
The blue page is a shape matching activity, and it was my first attempt at using my embroidery machine! The shapes were all sewn by the machine which is why they look awesome and perfect :)
The turquoise page was my second attempt with the embroidery machine and again...I was so impressed! I embroidered the color names onto each piece of felt, and then stitched a rectangle around each one to make them into little tiles that Rhys can velcro on and off.
Finally, the purple page is a simple little abacus activity to practice counting! The purple felt warped a little while I was pulling the strings tight to sew them down, but at least I know the strings and beads are secure!
Here's a close up of the button holes...next time I might make them a little bigger but I think these worked out well for a first attempt!