I've been working on what I call my "Zen Project" for a couple of weeks now. When Will started taking more regular naps, and I started anticipating (not pleasantly) taking him to church, I couldn't help remembering my Quiet Book from when I was little. I LOVED that thing. It kept me busy every week at church. And I thought, "It's too bad I don't have that for Will."
And then I remembered that I can sew.
Most of these ideas are based off designs I found on Pinterest, so I'm including a link to my sewing board where they can be found, here.
|Here's the cover all sewn together, turned right-sides out and edge-stitched, rings in place, and ready to fill. I sewed the button on after it was filled to make sure the placement worked.|
|Stoplight Page. This was a basic template. I added the pocket and words, and the "hanging wire" look. The lights snap on.|
|Flower Page. All the templates I found for the classic flower page had them in a vase. But I wanted them in the dirt. So I layered brown woven ribbon and "planted" those beauties. All the colors can mix and match.|
|Matching Page. I made this one up. Will loves peek-a-boo, he loves finding things, and as he grows he'll learn matching skills. Cars, penguins, bears, oh my! It was fun to pick out the little buttons.|
|Grocery Store Page. This template was for a bushel of veggies and fruit. I LOVE the patterns. But I wanted a step up from the bushel. So here we are in the grocery store. I love sales.|
|Hamburger Page. This is another idea I saw and changed it up. Will loves burgers and fries. The burger-building items store in the cup.|
|Counting Page. This came straight from the template. I liked the simplicity of it.|
|Bedtime Bear Page. Who wouldn't want to put a soft teddy to bed? The bear and the page on the right is the original template. I added a toothbrush, a bottle, and a storybook. After all, Will loves routine.|
|The book has fabric pages and a real story that I wrote.|
"Sweet dreams...Sleep tight...I love you...Good night."
|Zipper Page. I had to throw one more page together so the bed page had a "back" and could go in the book. I'd found these zippers so I sewed them on. And I thought, "BO-RING." So I thought and I thought.|
Then I remembered that I can draw.
|Now, it's one of my favorite pages. Yay!|