Thursday, December 31, 2015

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!









33 comments :

  1. your quiet book has been great inspiration! Thank you for posting

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    1. Thank you absolutely helpful and inspirational i got a new embroidery machine too

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  2. Hello Courtney,
    I´m finding this page via pinterest, searching for inspiration. I want to make a quit book for my daughter, which becames soon 2 years old.
    Your quiet book is so amazing and wonderful! I couldn´t believe that you have only one single comment on this great work....(that´s why, I don`t want to leave this blog without any comment :-)).

    Thank you for the pictures and the description,
    Fränzi

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    1. Thank you for the kind words Franzi! I'm glad you could find some inspiration from my book! I'd love to see your book when it's finished :)

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  3. Your book is wonderful! So simple yet educational.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Beti

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  4. I lalalalove this quiet book! Great inspiration for some of the pages I want to do. I know my 20mth old daughter will go nuts over the rainbow zipper page lol. Just a quick question about how you constructed the book.. when you backed each page with the matching cotton fabric did you sew the two pieces (felt design and cotton backing) right sides together first then turn them right side out and top stitch? It looks so neat but I'm worried it will make the edge of the page a bit thick having an extra layer of felt around the inside? Thanks so much. I love this book!!

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    1. Thank you so much Tyne! My son loves the zippers too :) You're correct - I sewed them right sides facing, turned and then top stitched. I didn't find it to be too think, except around some of the corners...I just used the hand wheel for a few stitches if the corners were too thick. I made sure to cut away any excess felt off the corners and from the seam allowance to help it be less bulky. I hope that helps!

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  5. That is absolutely gorgeous. I want to make something along those lines for my D-I-L's sister who is expecting a baby ( I also have a quilt to make) How are the white buttons on the orange page secured? Are they in a bag or something or are they fixed. I couldn't quite work that out.

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    1. Hi there! The white buttons and sewn behind a piece of clear vinyl to create an I Spy window. They are completely secure behind the vinyl, so you can shake the page around to move the buttons and find the colorful ones! I hope that helps!

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  6. What a beautiful & so fun book! I'm curious about the rings you used. I've been using metal binding rings, but would love to find an alternative. Are these plastic? Thanks! :)

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    1. Hi Megan! Yes I used plastic baby rings for this book, but they won't fit through standard size grommets like binder rings do, so I sewed button holes instead of using grommets. I hope that helps! :)

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  7. Wow, I've seen a lot of quiet book pages but your book is really cool for simplicity without sacrificing intrigue. Really well done! Thanks for sharing.

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  8. I love it! Quick question- where did you get the colorful buckles? My daughter would love that. Thanks!

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    1. Hi there! Sorry for the late reply - I buy my buckles from an Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/129159516/30pc-58-16mm-contoured-side-release

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  9. Where did you buy your buckles?

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    1. I want to know this too! Just about to ask! I can't find them anywhere...

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    2. So far, this is all i could find...
      https://www.amazon.com/10pcs-Contoured-Bracelets-FLC041-Mix-s/dp/B00PTZE80Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1472053418&sr=8-1&keywords=19mm+color+plastic+buckles

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    3. I found these that would work well but I'm having a harder time finding the straps to go with the colors. Would love to know where you got yours!!

      https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00MXZ90TC/ref=ox_sc_act_image_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A25AHM6ASG5VOB

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    4. Ok ladies. I went with the clips I linked above and some grosgrain ribbon. I got this cuz it was cheaper than getting rolls of each at The craft store. Hope this helps!

      https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B009VRNJ06/ref=ya_st_dp_summary

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    5. Hi there! Sorry for the late reply - I buy my buckles from an Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/129159516/30pc-58-16mm-contoured-side-release

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  10. Where did you get the multi colored buckles? What size are they? Thanks!

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    1. Check out my comment above, it was the best I could find. Will get it Monday as I want to have this made before our next car trip. Hope it helps you too!

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    2. Hi there! Sorry for the late reply - I buy my buckles from an Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/129159516/30pc-58-16mm-contoured-side-release

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    1. Hi there! I only have 1 quiet book currently for sale - you can find it in my Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TodayIFeltCrafty

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    2. I can't believe you don't sell these... they are AH-MAY-ZING!! if you ever do please let me know i would totally buy one

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  12. Hi there - I love this book & am considering making something similar for one of my nieces or nephews for Christmas this year. Can you tell me the age of your son? I don't have any kids myself so not sure what age this would be appropriate for!
    Thank you!

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  13. Beautiful book! I know my little one will love the buckle page! Did you find your ribbon to match the buckles online or at a craft store? You got them to match so perfectly!

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  14. These are great pages and great ideas! I'm making some for my son and niece. Where did you get the plastic baby rings to bind the book. This looks like the cutest way I've seen to do it. Thanks for sharing your project!

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  15. Beautiful book! I know my little one will love the buckle page! Did you find your satin Ribbon to match the buckles online or at a craft store? You got them to match so perfectly!

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