It's Alicia here again, from Felt With Love Designs. Last month, I started the “Learn to Sew a Quiet Book” series with “What is a quiet book?“
For the next few months, I will lead you through creating a few pages I have designed. Each post will contain a full tutorial and free pattern and the last post will end with details on binding options, care and maintenance, etc. I have designed all the pages around a circus theme, with simple activities, to introduce you to the art of building quiet books. If you are interested in more options, check out our quiet book archive.
- The Pattern
- Felt (full 9×12 sheet for the background and scraps of green, yellow, red, and black)
- Thread to match
- Freezer paper (optional – see my tutorial on using freezer paper to precisely cut your pattern)
To sew the first page:
- Cut all of the pieces from felt.
- Sew an approximately three inch tall strip of green along the bottom of the full sheet of felt (I used light blue for sky but you can use whatever color you want.) Leave the sides and bottom unfinished. (They will be sewn up when we tackle the binding.)
- Stitch lines in the tent background piece to designate where the pieces go. (Optional)
- Match up the tent background front (with stitched lines) and the tent background back, then stitch together along the top using a blanket stitch.
- Sew the tent background piece to the felt sheet, overlapping the “grass” at the bottom. (Only sew down the sides and the bottom. Leave the top open to create a pocket.)
- Sew the letters to their corresponding tent pieces (Each of the end pieces will NOT have a letter sewn on.)
- Using a blanket stitch, sew the front puzzle piece to it's corresponding back piece.
I chose to leave my pieces to attach through the magic of felt. You can add another layer of fun by sewing magnets, snaps, or velcro into the pieces so they have a designated place to attach to the base.
In the last post of the series, we will talk about different methods for finishing the pages and binding the quiet book.
If you can't wait until the next post in the series and want to sew another quiet book page immediately, the turkey buttoning page (you could easily make it a peacock for a non-holiday page) and the Easter egg hunt page are two of my favorites!
If you enjoyed sewing this quiet book page, finger puppets also make awesome, quick projects! We designed a set of woodland creature finger puppets for One Thimble e-zine
(You can purchase the entire issue and receive several more patterns or you can purchase the finger puppet pattern itself from the One Thimble shop) and started a series of Circus finger puppets as well (complete with free patterns.)
Come back soon for Page 2 of the Circus Quiet Book!