- I used a lot of felt, which is just easier and cleaner looking than a bunch of turned edges.
- I tried to incorporate other textures too, though, with a few upholstery fabrics, a doily appliqued on, fuzzy letters, and plastic.
- I embroidered a few little designs to make some of the pages more interesting, nothing too complex though.
- I made the fuzzy letters using this fun and simple applique technique my friend Julie showed me. See simple instructions here.
- I tried to make each page incorporate a different action: buttoning, tying, pulling, sliding, poking, folding, zipping, hiding.
- I tried not to make too many pieces that come off and could get lost, although there are a few. I put a pocket in the back to easily collect any pieces that are dropped.
- I stuffed a little poly fil under some of my appliques to make them a little raised and interesting.
- I saved a plastic bag - the kind blankets come in, not groceries, and used it to make a jar with a butterfly inside. You can easily sew it on the machine. Tuck something underneath and zig zag the edge. Ooh, wouldn't a fish tank be fun?
I made a short video to show you this quiet book I made for someone else. It turned out so well, I'm making one for J's birthday. I made a quiet book for L's first birthday, too - but this one is much better. These are so fun to make because there are endless possibilities. Watch the video below, and then read my list of ideas and tips.