Thursday, October 17, 2013

Quiet Book #29: Camping Tent

Here's a quick quiet book page for you.  I didn't really take pictures on this one.  This camping page is part of the camping & s'mores pages that go together.  Check out the previous post about it here.

Here is are my quick sketches for the page:

I thought about having a picture of our family inside somehow, or people she could take out and play with, but I thought that zipper itself was a great fine motor skill, so I chose just an quick and easy iron on.  I found some owl ones at Hobby Lobby.

Here are the pieces you'll need:
-Tent Shape
-Windows for tent
-Iron On Animal or something else to put inside the tent

Here are the felt pieces I needed for both of my camping pages. Ready to go!

So, like I said before, I didn't take any pictures along the way.  This page is obviously pretty self explanatory.  

1. First, cut up the middle of the tent and cut away any excess.  This will make room for zipper. 
You will probably want to pin the zipper in as you do this, at least temporarily. 

2.Then sew on the windows onto the tent.

3. Stitch on or sew on the zipper.  I don't have a zipper foot for my sewing machine so I just hand stitched it on.

4. Then sew on the whole tent.

5.  Sew on the moon.

6.  Lastly, you can unzip and iron on your animal or person or whatever you chose
 to hide inside your tent.

Here's the finished product again:

Here it is alongside the s'mores page.  I love this page for Summer!  
Camping trips are always on our Summer bucket list!

Well, hope that was easy enough for you!  Happy Crafting and God Bless!

Heather Joy

Friday, October 4, 2013

Quiet Book #28: The Zoo

Here's another fun page for you to add to your quiet book collection.  This was an original idea by yours truly.  Usually most of the pages I see ideas elsewhere and then adapt them.  This I hadn't seen anywhere and just made it happen.  It's pretty cute though.  It's a zoo with cages and animals to change in and out of the cages.  I've also thought about making a zoo keeper and maybe adding some water and food elements to it as well, but that can wait until later.  First, let me show you how I made this page.

What you'll need:
-5 cages
- 1 page protector
- a few green bushes 
- a tree
- zoo entrance sign
- pocket flap
- animals

The first and hardest part of this was creating the cages.  After you have cut endless amounts of them (I cut 15 because I always make 3 sets of any page to sell to cover my costs later.), then you need to put them together like the picture shows below:
-a piece of paper
-a cut piece of your page protector, large enough for it to generously go around your cage
-on top is your cage

Then you'll take that sandwich of materials and with the cage on top you will sew along each edge of the cage.  You may have to backstitch on some parts to make sure you get the whole thing sewn down.  Take it off the sewing machine and carefully rip the paper away off of the back.  Having the paper on the back helps give the sewing machine a little more structure to stitch through and helps prevent anything from sticking with the plastic.

When your cages are done they should look like this:

Next, you'll want to lay out your stuff in a general layout, so everything fits.  This is how I have it set up:

Then you will need to cut out a strip of the back page to make a pocket for your animals.  You can see how large my strip is here.


See how the animals will fit in:

Next,  I went ahead and stiched on all the parts for this half of the page.  I sewed on the cages, making sure to leave the tops open and making sure to backstitch a couple times on each of the top edges to make sure it will hold up to the animals be shoved in and out of them. Sew on the tree and bush.  And I glued on our little saying, 'Don't Feed The Animals'.

Once you've gotten that figured out you will need to sew or glue on the top flap to cover your pocket opening. 

Pin it. (I chose to have the opening at the top because I wanted to prevent any of the animals from accidentally falling out.

Add glue if you're lazy like me, or you can stitch it down.

Hold it down for a few seconds and let dry.

Now to actually add the pocket on back.  You can see I just used a scrap piece of felt.  This one happened to be green, another page, as you'll see, I used dark gray.  Figure out what size you want your pocket to be- make sure all your animals fit.

Here you have to glue!  Because you don't want your stitching to show on the front of the page!  Just glue around all the sides and let dry.

 Now, for the other half of the page.  This side you need to also sew on the cages and bushes, like the previous side.  Here's the layout.  Make sure you leave room for the arch.

Cut the extra off and sew it on.


Then you need to make your sign.  You can choose to use puff paints to write out 'ZOO' or you can attempt to embroider the letters on your sign.  Not to shabby for my first attempts at stitching letter, I have to say.

Once you sew your sign on. All you have to do now is make your animals to fill up your zoo.
This is the best secret to making your quiet book pages look more professional and saving you tons of time of creating all these animals by hand.  To see how I made these zoo animals along with a lot of other figures see my tutorial here. 

Then fill up your zoo and let your kids have a blast!  Why not follow it up with a trip to the zoo?!

 Happy Crafting and God Bless!

Heather Joy

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Quiet Book #27: Spider Web Halloween Page

Well, my attempt in this quiet book page was to have a Halloween themed page that wasn't spooky or scary, since we don't celebrate Halloween with all that gory stuff. Spiders are not 'scary' to us because I don't want to instill a spirit of fear in my children, rather they are 'creepy'. I'm always careful to not say any things scary and always tell them that "The Lord hath not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind" 2 Timothy 1:7. Anyways, on to our 'creepy' spiderweb page.

Start by making the spider out of two circles of black felt and small Rick rac for the legs. Glue on the legs and ribbon the spider will hang from. Sew together and stuff it just before closing it up all the way to give it a little bit of dimension.

Next, you need to work on the web. Start with a lacing string. Make a spiral around the page. Then cut long rectangles which will be where the web gets weaves into. It will also help give it points to make sure it looks web like.

Pin in between the lacing string and sew down.

Here's what the web supports should look like all sewn down.

Here's what it looks like when you weave the 'web':

Then just sew on the spider at the top of the page and here's the final result, just in time for Halloween!