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:






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 velcro

The 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 strap

Velcro 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!



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