Months ago I decided to make MY FIRST QUIET BOOK. My need for absolute perfection meant the book took MONTHS to complete. While I had a general idea of what I wanted to accomplish, I have to admit that my ideas evolved as the book progressed, resulting in a book beyond what I originally envisioned.
I love, love, love my book. More importantly and so much more gratifying is that my daughter loves it too.
|The Four Seasons: Winter (Snowflake), Spring (Flower), Sumer (Sun) & Fall (Leaf)|
For the front cover I used purple felt and some embroidery thread. Instead of a title, I hand embroidered symbols representing the four seasons–a snowflake, a flower, the sun, and a fall colored leaf.
For a SPRING theme page, I chose a tic-tac-toe activity. For this page I used pink felt, light blue felt, yellow and green felt flowers, velcro tabs, embroidery thread and felt glue.
|Four Seasons Tree: FALL|
|Four Seasons Tree: SUMMER|
|Four Seasons Tree: SPRING|
|Four Seasons Tree: WINTER|
This tree was inspired by a quiet book I found at Serving Pink Lemonade. I used her tree template. In fact, her beautiful “Season Tree” inspired me to dedicate an entire book to the four seasons and some of the seasonal holidays my family celebrates throughout the year.
For this page I used felt, Wonder-Under, my printer, an iron/ironing board, a press cloth (I used a thin washcloth), snaps and, of course, embroidery thread.
I cut a sheet of Wonder-Under to the same size as a letter size sheet of paper. I ran it through the printer, like a regular sheet of paper, printing the tree template on the paper lined side of the Wonder-Under. I then fused the Wonder-Under with the printed pattern to a sheet of brown felt, using a hot, dry iron and a press cloth.
Once the pattern was fused to the brown felt, I used an X-ACTO knife to cut out the pattern. Once the tree pattern was cut out, I peeled off the paper backing, laid it on the ivory felt and fused the two pieces of felt together using a hot, dry iron and press cloth. I then used brown embroidery thread to reinforce the bind. The end result was a perfect and beautiful tree.
Next, I randomly placed five snaps throughout the tree limbs.
For the grass, using a green piece of felt, I cut a strip the same width as the felt on which I fused the tree. I used a wave like cut to mimic a rolling hill. I then used embroidery thread and an overcast stitch to secure three sides of the green felt to the ivory felt, creating a pocket.
Next, for the leaves, I used felt in various colors. I used a mossy shade of green for the Summer leaves. I used a variety of brighter colors for the Fall leaves–which I cut into the shape of maple leaves. For Spring, I used felt flowers.
With the exception of the Spring flowers, each leaf is made of two pieces of felt sewn together using embroidery thread and an overcast stitch. Before sewing them together, I inserted the snaps onto the leaves, sandwiching the unsightly metal rings of the snaps between the two pieces of felt.
For the Spring “leaves” I placed the snaps on the flowers. Then I sewed a button onto the center of each flower to over the unsightly metal rings of the snaps.
You can store the leaves in the pocket created by the rolling hill. My daughter likes to flip things all over the place. Knowing this, I had visions of leaves scattering about the house on a daily basis and me scrambling to pick them up before one or all of the dogs ate them. So, I opted to make an storage envelope, using a snap to keep it closed.
NOTE: You don’t have to use snaps for this page. You can use whatever style fastener you want. For example, velcro tabs would work just as well. I wanted to use snaps and so, I did. : )
|Four Seasons Tree|
|Easter: Bunny & Basket|
I love, love, love my little Easter bunny! I am not the most gifted artist. In fact, other than some basic and very rough looking sketching, I can’t draw much of anything. The way I cope with this handicap is by using coloring pages as templates. Here, I did a quick Google search for a bunny coloring page and using white and pink felt, I cut out and pieced together by bunny. I used a black paint marker to paint the bunny’s eyes onto the white felt.
As is my practice, I used felt glue to glue the bunny and his parts onto the green felt. I then reinforced the bind by using white and pink embroidery thread–white embroidery thread was used to outline the bunny and pink was used to outline his pink nose, paw pads and inner ears. I used an overcast stitch.
The same methods I used for the bunny, I also used to for the Easter basket. When securing the basket onto my green felt, I secured the two sides and the bottom only, leaving the top open. This creates a true little basket to hold the Easter eggs. For texture and a bit more depth, I used a chenille stem to form the handle of the basket, securing it using matching embroidery thread and a loop around stitch.
For the eggs, I used various colors of felt to cut out egg shapes. I then decorated the eggs using whatever odds and ends I found in my scrap box–letters, numbers, embellishments, etc… To store the eggs, I made a second page. I used pink felt and some velcro tabs to make an envelope in which to store the eggs. I had some foam letters left over from another project. I used them to spell the word “EASTER”, securing them to the felt using hot glue.
These pages took some time to complete. I envisioned an activity where my little one would learn how to properly set a table and also enjoy a pretend traditional turkey dinner. Again, for the turkey, fruits, veggies and table setting I used coloring pages I found on the internet as templates. Create whatever food items you prefer.
I also envisioned a lovely little dinner in front of a large window, with a starry night sky as a backdrop.
For the window frame, I used a large rectangular piece of white felt. In sizing the white felt, I decided I wanted the window to cover at least 2/3 of the page and sized it accordingly. I then used an X-ACTO knife to cut out smaller squares of the white felt to create a window pane look.
For the black starry background, I used a rectangular piece of black felt (just slightly smaller in size then the rectangular shape of white felt I used to make the window frame). You can’t really see it in the photo (it is difficult to photograph), but the black felt I used was a covered with glitter-like sparkles. I bought this sheet of “special felt” at Michael’s.
Using felt glue, I glued the window frame into the black starry felt. I then glued this completed piece onto the top 2/3 of the felt page. I also used white embroidery thread and an overcast stitch to secure the completed window to the felt page.
For the table, I used a strip of moss green felt to create the table-top/table cloth look for the dinner spread. I covered the remain 1/3 of the page with the moss green felt, using felt glue, matching embroidery thread and an overcast stitch.
For the turkey, fruits and veggies, I used various colors of felt. Using coloring pages as templates, I cut out the desired food items. Some of the food items (i.e., the purple eggplants, the mini pumpkin, the lemon and green apple) were permanently secured to the page using felt glue, matching embroidery thread and an overcast stitch. Other food items were secured to the page using velcro tabs. This will allow the food item to be removable.
On my page, all of the foods on the serving plate are removable. For the turkey, I made it so the turkey leg (and only the turkey leg) was removable.
The second page of this activity was much easier to complete. I used a sheet of moss green felt (same color as the bottom 1/3 of the food page) to extend the table-top/table cloth look into page 2 of the activity. Next, I used a contrasting color of embroidery thread to outline the table place setting. Next, I used my label maker to create laminated labels and hot glued the labels onto their corresponding outlines on the page. This is totally optional. I had a label maker I wanted to use. So, I did! 🙂
Finally, I had some extra foam alphabet letters left over from another project. I hot glued them onto the page, creating a simple instruction on how to complete the activity….”SET THE TABLE”.
|Thanksgiving: The Table Is Set|
|Thanksgiving: Dinner Is Served|
|Halloween: Finger Puppets|
|Halloween: Hand Puppets
GHOST, BLACK CAT, PUMKIN & WITCH
|Winter: Dress The Snowman|
|Winter: Dress The Snowman|
|Winter: Dress The Snowman|
|Hanukkah: Hand Embroidered Dreidel|
|Christmas: Decorate The Christmas Tree|
|Christmas: Button Ornaments|