I have been waiting and waiting to put this on the blog! I actually started these before Weston was born, but I wanted to give one to my friend having a baby and I wanted to keep them a surprise! These are the easiest quiet books you will ever do, and you hardly need any supplies.
-One white felt rectangle for every page you want to do. You can get pre-cut squares at Hobby Lobby or other craft stores. If you are looking to save money, you can get a yard or two of white felt and cut your own rectangles. The great part about that is that you can make them as big or as small as you want.
-Fabric for the actual colorful pages. I chose to do mine all flannel animal print. When I started this book, I bought 12 different patterns and I bought 1/4 of a yard each. Out of the 1/4 yard, I was able to make enough pages for 4 different books! I only bought it if it was on sale, so each book was such a great price.
-Fabric puncher in order to make the holes for the "binding", or you could just cut little slits with scissors.
-Brads to keep the holes in the binding from becoming bigger.
-Three key rings to keep it all together.
Weston is crazy about this book! He loves animals, so it keeps him occupied for a long time.
It's so fun to find all sorts of cute fabric to do this with! You could do it with just different colors, or fabrics with kids on them, things from around the house, camping... The ideas are endless!
Once I got all my fabrics together, I zig-zag stitched around the edges for each page. You could iron the sides under and straight stitch around them, but I thought that seemed like more work. This was really fast and easy!
After all the fabric was sewn onto the felt, I straight stitch two pages wrong side together in order to make it into a book.
You add the brads and key rings and boom! Easiest (and cutest) quiet book done!
Like I said before, I was able to get 4 quiet books out of the material that I bought. I just finished them all ahead of time so that when a baby is born, I already have a hand-made present for them.
I gave this book to Weston for his first Christmas last year. I can't believe he's already one year old! Life goes so fast with a little guy around.