Activity Quiet Book

actv_01Here’s a little something I’ve been working on lately. Another Quiet Book for a little girl named Juniper, but this time I attempted some moving parts. (These pictures aren’t very good, but they convey the basic idea ; )

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The shoes velcro on and off

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The cars move across the page

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The coat zips up and down

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The doggie’s spots snap on and off

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The clock’s hands move

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Monsters Quiet Book

©Mary Bellus_MQB_01After making my ABCs Quiet Book this past spring, I decided to make another for a very deserving little boy I know named Jesse, this time with a Monsters and Aliens theme.

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This quiet book is made with environmentally friendly wool blend felt and is completely hand sewn. Each page has a different monster/alien character and is soft and plush. I just finished making four of these and am now selling them on Etsy. Visit my store here. And now for some pictures:

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Simple eReader Cover

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When I got my nook eReader, I quickly went online to find a cover for it. Knowing me, I would drop it after about day two. Barnes and Noble sells lots of different covers (some of them are really cool, like this Jonathan Adler design), but I just didn’t like the fact that they all look like old Daytimers and they’re about 30-40 bucks. Sorry, no.

I wanted something protective, that I can slip on and off quickly, but that stays off when I want to read. And I wanted it to still fit in my bag (those covers they sell look very bulky). So I decided to use some leftover felt and create a very simple cover. This is it! You really can’t get much easier than sewing three straight lines and some embellishments. This has really come in handy and I find it easy now to throw the nook in my bag and not worry that it’ll get scratched.

I made this one for a friend’s Kindle Fire.

 

ABC Quiet Book

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Several of my friends are pregnant or have just had babies and I’ve been trying to think of what to make for them for baby gifts. I don’t know how to knit or crochet, so I had to get creative. I saw this Star Wars Quiet Book on Pinterest recently, and I totally fell in love with the format. I had never heard of Quiet Books before seeing this, so I did a Google search to see what’s out there. I found this really cool animal one too.

I love to work with felt and I knew this was something I could do, so I decided to make one of these for my friend who is due in a couple weeks. I came up with an illustrated ABC concept (at first I had wanted to illustrate every letter of the alphabet, but since these books are plush, that would have been way too many pages, so I decided to illustrate just one letter on each page). I sewed it all by hand and hot glued the pages together to try to get a really good seal.

I have some ideas for more of these, and more friends with babies to be my guinea pigs, so I’ll be making more in the near future. I hope to get a little more “interactive” with them. Here’s the book:

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Java Sleeve

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Just a short post about a coffee sleeve I made. Not much to say really, just that I had lots of leftover felt from my wreath, so I decided to make this coffee snuggie. I used a paper sleeve that I got from a coffee shop, unraveled it, and used it for my template. I hot glued a strip of felt to the inside to cover my stitching. I might make different ones for the seasons and make some for gifts.

Yarn Wreath

I’ve had the supplies to make this wreath for quite awhile and I finally found the time to make it! My friend Jill had posted on her blog about these wreaths and some she had made, and I really wanted to try it out. I used some kind of curly yarn (which I didn’t even know existed), and it added a nice texture, and then I made felt flowers and hot glued them on.