Monday, 7 December 2015

What's a Quiet Book?

A quiet book is a soft book filled with activities for tiny humans. I make my quiet books using felt and occasionally fabrics. Quiet book is not just for fun but also aids tiny humans in developing their sensory and motor skills. Activities such as matching, zipping, tying, and buttoning encourage them to explore more through play. While quiet book making is extremely time consuming, trust me, it's equally fun and addicting.

If you are keen to start your own quiet book, do pay a visit to your local craft and fabric store. Gather all the necessary materials and tools beforehand:
  • Felt. Look at my stash! *laughs* Don't worry, you don't need so many to start a book. Depending on the design, 20-30 piece of different colour felt should be more than enough for a 8-10 page book.
  • Fabric is optional but it really helps to add texture and variety to your quiet book. If you sew quite a bit, you will probably have some scraps. Do not throw these. Keep it for your quiet book.  
  • Sharp scissors.
  • Embellishments: ribbons, velcro, laces, buttons, googly eyes, strings, zippers, etc.
  • Hot glue gun is a must.
  • Threads and needle, or even better, a sewing machine. I hand-sew for tiny pieces but machine-sew for larger pieces as well as page finishings.
  • Eyelets and washers are optional. I use these as I prefer to add flexibility to my quiet book pages, be it changing pages or adding new pages later on. If you prefer to have a permanent book, you can stitch all the pages together. A 2-in-1 eyelet plier like this is super easy to use.
  • Rotary cutter and self-healing cutting mat are optional too. These tools offers a precise and accurate cut which saves a lot of time especially when you are cutting out pages.

With all these in hand, you are good start your own quiet book. Stay tuned for my "Under the Sea" quiet book!

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