I see you’ve wandered into the craft room and found my latest project I just completed! Go ahead and pick it up and thumb through the pages, it’s really cute. This is Saylor’s Nautical Quiet Book I sewed her which was quite a labor of love, but totally worth it. Quiet Books are made from soft materials and fabrics showing scenes that incorporate a fine motor skill such as buttoning, zipping, velcro, etc. It can keep the littles busy, teaches them different skills and are typically washable!
My mom made my brother a gorgeous Quiet Book when he was a toddler. It was Vogue pattern #1959 It’s A Zoo Full of Teaching Pets!
So when Saylor was born, she brought the pattern and we got excited to make another one. But we decided to just use the pattern pages and make us our our designs. We finally settled on a nautical book for Saylor. To make some of the page layouts, I got inspired from coloring pages and incorporated a different skill on each page. It was an ongoing project that I worked on little by little in between life happenings, but I was determined to finish it for her 2nd birthday, which I’m happy to say, I did! Whew!
So I hope you feel inspired by it and want to make one yourself! It makes a great gift, even just a page or two could be nice to give or you could create a wall hanging instead. Lots of options! I used a variety of sewing machines and feet for different purposes and fabrics of different types and textures. If you have a question on a certain part, please ask away! I’ll totally answer you either by comment or email!
Here’s a video of how each page works.
Beach tent with zipper skill. A little mermaid girl is hiding inside!
This is a fishing flamingo with a hook and eye skill. Both fish can come off.
On this page, the clamshell is a pocket for a necklace of pearls!
This sand castle is a textures page. Each fabric is really different from one another and shells were added to the bottom.
I love this turtle! This is one from the original Vogue pattern. We just changed the colors to make it more vibrant! Button skill.
This happy octopus teaches how to braid! One of my favorite pages.
How can we have a nautical book without a boat? So I made the sail moveable and can be buttoned in half or open fully.
This is my mermaid girl. I’ll admit, I’m not super great at faces or hair…lol. I like to think she has salty beach hair! Lacing skill.
For the last page I created a shipwreck underwater! And I used an old watch for the buckle and straps. Worked perfectly!