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The Quiet Book!

“Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self-confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense.”

—  Thomas Arnold Bennett

quiet book cover with font

This quote pretty much sums up all my sentiments regarding this quiet book project.

For being just 10 pieces of muslin and a million pieces of felt it sure did take a lot out of me.  You can read more about my journey to finish this book here, here, here, here, and here.

All of the following pictures were taken before I put grommets on each page and used rings to connect them all.  I wanted to photograph them in their original-non-whole-punched form.

Here is the line-up of all the pages:

Quiet book farm finger puppetsQuiet book DIY button flower template

Quiet book snap on apple tree         Quiet book felt mail box

Quiet book DIY space ship felt template      Quiet book Chicago skyline template kids felt

Quiet book sock matching kids activity   Quiet book felt counting numbers page

Counting numbers quiet book page  Northwestern football quiet book page


And now for a close up look. I named each page after a song just to spice things up a bit.

Quiet book cover

The cover of the book is this cotton print with muslin on the underside.  I sewed a strap on the back that wraps around and attaches to the front with a piece of Velcro.

Quiet book back strap

Strap attached to the back of the cover

Quiet book cover template strap velcroThe underside of the strap coming from the back of the cover

quiet book cover tutorial

Strap wrapping around to the front cover

Quiet book velcro strapVelcro on the front cover where it attaches to the strap

Page 1: “Old MacDonald Had A Farm”

Source of templates: Homemade by Jill

Quiet book farm finger puppets

DIY quiet book farm animal template




Page 2: “Where Have All the Flowers Gone”

Inspired by: Quiet Book Blog

Quiet book DIY button flower template


Felt quiet book flowers buttons


Page 3: “…for giving me the things I need: the sun and the rain and an apple seed”

Inspired by: Quiet Book Blog

Quiet book snap on apple tree


DIY quiet book felt apple tree


Quiet book DIY felt apple tree snap


Page 4: “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours”

Templates from: Homemade by Jill, my original ideas

Quiet book felt mail box


Quiet book post office felt box


Quiet book template USPS felt mailbox


Page 5: “Fly Me to the Moon”

Templates by: Homemade by Jill and my own ideas

Quiet book DIY space ship felt template


Quiet book DIY space ship felt snap template


Page 6: “Sweet Home Chicago”

My own original ideas and templates

Quiet book Chicago skyline template kids felt


Chicago skyline quiet book puzzle template


Page 7: “Dirty Laundry”

Inspired by: Imagine Our Life, templates and design by me

Quiet book clothesline felt socks


Quiet book sock matching kids activity


Page 8: “1-2-3-4 get your woman diaper on the floor”

Inspired by: Quiet Book Blog

Quiet book felt counting numbers page


Counting number quiet book page


Number couting quiet book page


Page 9: “ABC is easy as 1-2-3”

Inspired by: Quiet Book Blog

Counting numbers quiet book page


Counting quiet book felt page template


Page 10: “Hit ‘em hard, hit ‘em low. Go Northwestern, Go!”

Inspiration: original ideas and templates by me

Northwestern football quiet book page


Northwestern wildcat traceable copy quiet book

To make this wildcat image I literally just held my piece of felt up to my laptop screen and traced the image I found on Google.  I thought it was kind of genius.

northwestern football felt


northwestern shoe quiet book page


Well, that’s it.  Hours and hours of tracing, cutting, pinning, sewing, hand stitching, and countless cups of coffee later I’m finished.  Now I understand why people charge up to $80 for these on Etsy!

Thank you so much to Kari at Thistlewood Farm, Linda at It All Started With Paint, Karah at The Space Between, Kelly at Eclectically Vintage, Andrea at The Cottage Market, and Stacey at A Sort of Fairytale for hosting this wonderful “Imagine the Impossibilites” Challenge.  I honestly don’t think I would have finished this book until May if you hadn’t inspired me to stop procrastinating.  I’m so thankful for all your words of encouragement along the way!



If you’re interested in the tutorial, stay tuned! I will be posting a tutorial on how to construct the basic pages and the cover as well as including templates of the shapes/images that I used next week.  Be sure to check back in!

Update: You can find the tutorial and templates HERE!

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I’m linking up to these fabulous parties:

Mondays: Between Naps on the Porch, Keeping It Simple, Homemaker On A Dime, The Tattered Tag, The DIY Showoff, Home Savvy, Be Colorful, The DIY Home Sweet Home, Mad In Crafts, The Girl Creative, Polly Want A Crafter, Sumos Sweet Stuff, Making The World Cuter, Skip To my Lou, Debbiedoos, Get Outta My Head Please, My 1929 Charmer

Tuesdays: Coastal Charm, Cherished Bliss, Confessions, My Uncommon Slice Of Suburbia, Tip Junkie, Topsy Turvy, Sassy Sites!, A Bowl Full Of Lemons, Sugar Bee Crafts, Not Just A Housewife, Homework, Today’s Creative Blog, A Sort of Fairytale,

Wednesdays: Blue Cricket Design, Sew Much Ado, Eisy Morgan, My Girlish Whims, Savvy Southern Style, Someday Crafts, Handy Man Crafty Woman, The Thrifty Home, Lil Luna, Organize and Decorate Everything, Southern Lovely, Primp Your Stuff

Thursdays: Saved By Love, Fireflies & Jellybeans, Somewhat Simple, Yesterday on Tuesday, House of Hepworths, Beyond the Picketfence, Rhinestone Beagle, Momnivore’s Dilemma

Fridays: Remodelaholic, Serenity Now, delicateCONSTRUCTION, Chic On A Shoestring, 504 Main, Miss Mustard Seed, Happy Hour Projects, French Country Cottage, The Shabby Nest, Fun To Craft, Fingerprints on the Fridge, Freckled Laundry, Common Ground

Weekends: Be Different Act Normal, Tatertots and Jello, Nifty Thrifty Things, I Heart Nap Time, Lolly Jane, Too Much Time On My Hands, Lady Bird Ln, Embellishing Life Everyday, Homemaker in Heels

69 thoughts on “The Quiet Book!

    1. Thanks Creative!It’s all the little details that I love too, but those details took the majority of the time.Looking forward to exploring more of Creative in Chicago!


  1. Wow, this is so creative! I can tell so much time and love went into making this, and I’m sure the children will enjoy it! The “Sweet Home Chicago” page is my favorite. I’m visiting from the “Impossibilities” linkups, but I’d love it if you’d share this in my linkup party and giveaway, going on now @ the Delectable Home. Thanks for the inspiration!


    1. Hi Tisha,Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I made this quiet book for my nephew who comically won’t be able to really enjoy it for a few years (he’s only 10 months.) Are you a Chicago blogger?? I guess I’ll be able to see when I stop by and take a look around Delectable Home.-Sarah


    1. Hey Kelly,Thanks for the kind words of praise and encouragement. I really do appreciate them. I love the sneaker too except those little eyelets don’t want to stay in the felt very securely….maybe I should have used a different fabric. Oh well, there’s always next time. Oh my gosh, did I just say I was going to make another one of these???-Sarah


    1. Thank you Linda, so much. As I said in my post if it wasn’t for you gals and your challenge I wouldn’t have finished this thing for a long time. It feels soo good to be able to finally erase it off my to-do blackboard. Done and done!


    1. Hey Andrea, Wow, I’m trying to imagine you actually saying AMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZING!!!! out loud and it makes me smile I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many “a’s” before.I really do hope that he plays with this over and over again and it becomes a part of his permanent childhood memories. That’s the fun part of being an auntie…making memories!Thanks again for hosting this challenge!Sarah


    1. Karianne-You are so kind! Thank you for all your words of encouragement along the journey. They truly helped keep me motivated. I’m so proud to say that I have accomplished this impossibility…I came, I sewed, I conquered!-Sarah


    1. HI Ajaire,Thanks for stopping by and commenting! This is definitely a great project to use up all your little scraps of fabric and felt. It does take LOTS of time and commitment though. Still, if you have a little girl then it would be all worth it.-Sarah


    1. I’ve never heard that expression, but will definitely have to remember it for the future. Thank you for the sweet comment, it’s so kind of you to stop by! This was actually made for my nephew but I do hope that he keeps it forever!-Sarah


    1. Hey Kristen,I’m so lattered by your “genius” compliment. If only I’d thought of the idea of a quiet book…but alas I’m just a humble sewer-wannabee trying to supply my own little addition to the large assortment of other quiet books. Thanks for stopping by!-Sarah


  2. Sarah,It’s so amazing!I love the flowers – they’re my favorite part. No, my favorite part is the fabric you chose for the cover. Oh, there’s too many things to comment on. Love the Wildcat – yes, brilliant! And, the Chicago skyline…So lovely!~ Dana at Cooking at Cafe D(We’ll, hopefully finish our Jimmy John’s Kitchen tonight!)


    1. Hey Dana,I thought you fellow Chicago bloggers would have special love for the skyline page. It’s one of my favorites too! And the Wildcat, hello! Doesn’t that method open up a whole other world of creating hard-to-draw images?Can’t WAIT to see the final reveal of the JJ kitchen.


  3. Oh my goodness, I can’t even tell you how impressed I am. I can only imagine how many hours of work that actually was. I LOVE the personal touches with the Chicago and Northwestern pages. Absolutely beautiful result!!Thanks so much for being a part of the challenge!Karah


    1. Hi Karah,First of all thank YOU for co-hosting the challenge. It really helped kick my butt into gear to get this book done. It was hours and hours (and hours and hours) of work, but all worth it if it means my little nephew will have a fun tool to help him learn colors/numbers/shapes.-Sarah


  4. Thanks for sharing your impossibility! It looks amazing! I can’t wait to see your tutorial, my boys would love this. I MUST make one🙂 I’m so proud of you for taking part in the “impossibilities challenge”!❤ from your newest follower and fellow {new} blogger🙂 Please check out my impossibility and follow back!~Mistywww.413sparrowlane.com


    1. Hey Misty, Thanks so much for stopping by and becoming a follower! I’d be happy to come and check out a fellow newbie and follow you back. I will be posting a tutorial with links to templates probably next Monday or so. It would be wonderful for others to use them to create books…but it does takes LOTS of time! Have a great night,Sarah


    1. Hey Kate- You CAN make one too! If a total beginner sewer like me could do it, anyone can. Just be prepared to spend a LONG time making it, especially if you’re learning along the way like I was. Still, the amount of work was all worth it now that I see the final product.Be sure to come back next week for a tutorial and templates.-Sarah


  5. That is so cute! It looks like a HUGE amount of work!!! I confess I didn’t realize what a quiet book was – Ive seen the terms here or there – but now I get it! How awesome are each of those interactive pages?! I really like it!


    1. Hi Samantha,I didn’t know what a quiet book was until last year when I saw a basic one on Martha Stewart, so no worries. It was a huge amount of work, but well worth it.I really hope that my nephew gets lots of fun memories out of this book—that’s why I created it.-Sarah


  6. I have been following along with you on this quiet book since DAY 1 and I have to say, I AM IMPRESSED! What a great piece to give to a child…and so much love went into the making! I could use about 10 of these…not so sure I would have the patience to make it through one. Haha. This challenge was great for making us get our stuff done, huh!


    1. Sherry,Thank you, thank you! I think those of you who were following the posts from the beginning really understand the reasoning behind making this and the process I went through. I’m so grateful you’ve been alongside the whole time! This challenge was AWESOME! I’m so glad they helped kick all our butts into gear.-Sarah


    1. Hey Janet,The lucky little one is my sweet nephew. I do truly hope and pray that he’ll love it and keep it even after he gets older. How wonderful (and crazy!) to think that I could have created a family heirloom!-Sarah


    1. Hey Rasonda, thanks so much for following along on the journey! I really appreciate your support.The final result did turn out better than I ever dreamed it would. I actually made another one of these a year ago but didn’t really sew it, just used lots of tacky glue. This was a MAJOR upgrade!-Sarah


  7. Amazing…REALLY! Yes…I can see how much work went into that book! I wold love to make several for my grandchildren but they would probably have outgrown it by the time I got done! LOL! Great job and great pictorial of how you did it! Who gets it now?


    1. Hi! This book will go to my sweet little nephew, Andrew. He’s only 10 months so he probably won’t fully enjoy it for awhile, but it still feels good to have it done.I’m sure your grandchildren would LOVE one of these!Sarah


  8. This is adorable! What an awesome and quite toy. Great for perfecting fine motor skills and all those fasteners that cause little fingers to stumble! This would be a great use for scrap fabric too! Thrifty and super cute… just my style! If only I had more patience I’d start right away! Thanks for sharing!Found you on HoHVisiting from Well Rounded, leahkoenig.blogspot.com


  9. It is obvious to see all the detail work you put into this project but it is truly priceless. It is the kind of piece that will get passed on from your babies to your someday grandchildren. Love it. So glad you shared it on BeColorfulpam


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