Friday, August 29, 2014

Quiet Book Pages 10 and 11: Alphabet

Sorry I have been a little MIA lately on the blog! We have been busy with our move back to school and getting settled in. Now that we are, I am excited to get back to blogging. 

The alphabet was a must-have for my quiet book. It turned out especially perfect for Owen's name; keep reading and you will see why!

Pages 10 and 11: Alphabet

Teaches: Alphabet, letters, spelling

My inspiration for this page came from my friend's quiet book. She made her quiet book and it inspired me to make mine. She included the alphabet and I just used the same materials and technique as her. 

Here are my pages:

I first chose 3 colors I liked for the felt. I bought the iron-on letters at Walmart. I measured the letters and cut the felt squares to fit (2" by 2"). I then sewed small squares of velcro to each felt square. The letters were then ironed on. I sewed on the other side of the velcro pieces onto the pages to fit 4 letters across on the left page and 3 across on the right. 

I used all of the letters in the package, so I sewed two pieces of felt to make a large pocket to hold all of the extra pieces. With all of the extra letters and the left page having spaces for 4 letters across, Owen will be able to learn to spell his first and last names using these letters!! 

I love how these pages turned out and I hope it will help Owen learn his alphabet!!


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Quiet Book Page 9: Tie the Laces!

When I was figuring out what pages to put in my quiet book, I decided I wanted the majority of them to teach something. This page with little pretend shoes is perfect for kids to learn how to tie shoes. I love it!

Page 9: Tie the Laces

Teaches: How to lace up and tie shoes

Throughout the process of making my quiet book, I was so grateful for templates to follow. They made the pages so easy to do. This was one of those template pages. I got the pattern from here and just followed all of her instructions. 

Here is my page: 

For the most part, my page is just like hers. As far as differences, I used larger grommets and I did not use glue for anything; the whole page was hand-stitched

"tie the laces" up close

I think this page turned out so cute! I look forward to when he will be able to use it.


Saturday, August 2, 2014

Quiet Book Page 8: Button Flowers

This was my fastest and easiest page to make. If I get the motivation, I may go back and spruce it up a bit. For now; however, it serves its purpose.

Page 8: Button Flowers

Teaches: Colors, how to do and undo a button

I saw many, many renditions of this page before and after I made it. I initially wanted to label the colors for each flower, but decided I would rather have more flowers instead. After I finished my page, a friend of mine sent an idea for a similar page that I loved, but I had already finished mine, so I didn't change it. I ended up with this: 

Each flower has a coordinating button to go on. 

For this page, I first picked through my button stash to find a button in every color. I then googled flower drawings and found one that I liked. I scaled the web page to the correct size and traced it onto plain white paper. I cut it out and used it as my pattern to cut one flower from each color of felt. I added a slit to the center of each flower and placed them on the page how I liked. Each button was hand sewn onto the page and then the flowers were buttoned on. 

As I mentioned at the top, if I get the motivation, I may spruce it up by adding another flower layer to make the flowers more sturdy. They work for now though, and Owen loves the colors!