the finished quiet book

I finished Oscar's quiet book just in time for our long flight west back in May, but hadn't taken photos of it until this morning. To those of you who have been eager to see it, sorry to keep you waiting!

I kept the front cover simple, with just a cute fabric and button closure. I'm hoping to get mileage out of this from more than one child, so I didn't want "oscar" plastered everywhere (um, besides multiple pages). :)

The big back pocket holds the felt city pieces, and any other goodies I might slip in.

Thanks to some clever comments on earlier posts, I decided to bind the book using rings (great idea, lyndsay!). This will come in handy when I need to add more pages later, and for when I have multiple kids and need to pass a page or two down the pew. I'm planning to replace the metal rings with plastic ones ... just haven't found them yet.

Here are all the finished pages as they are laid out in the book:





Oscar likes looking at the pages and occasionally tries to destroy them. (Must.have.rocketship!)


Most of the pages are way too advanced for him at this point. When all else fails, he just eats it. :)
UPDATE:  Please see this post for quiet book templates and answers to frequently asked questions.  Thanks!

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70 comments:

Betty Crocker Ass said...

That sure beats the heck outa my quite book as a kid.

Natalie said...

SO beautiful! What a work of art that will be cherished... little Oscar is growing up!

noolygirl said...

amazing!!!!
i wanna make one.....

Vanssmomc said...

So wonderful...I agree with noolygirl, I want to make one too!!

followthisumbrella said...

I have been itching to see the completed project - thank you so much! I am working on two quiet books at the same time, one for my 1-year-old daughter and one for my 6-month-old nephew. I'm pretty sure by the time I get them finished both of them will be beyond playing with such toys, so I *love* the ring binding for interchangable pages - what a great idea! Maybe soon so I'll be able to post some pictures of my completed books with a shout-out to their inspiration, but please, no holding your breath...it could be 2012.

Liz (Loving Mom 2 Boys) said...

Beautiful!!! One of these days I might try to make one of these as well!!

Rebecca said...

Love it! Very nicely done!!

angie said...

very cute. maybe you could use shower curtain rings if you are looking to switch them to plastic?

The Activity Mom said...

Wow! This is incredible. I want to make one too but I'm not sure if I'm that talented in the craft department. =)

Diana said...

That is the cutest darn thing I've ever seen! Wow...you are super-talented! I'm sure your baby boy will treasure this for years to come.

Shanghai Monkey said...

I can't decide which is the most cute - the book or your son!

Brittany Ann said...

You are so crerative! The pages turned out just darling. Maybe I'll get my gumption up and try to do one, too.

The Harris Family said...

It turned out great. I like the ring idea and being able to add more pages.

Deanna said...

Oh, MY!!! Beautiful!!! I have two little boys that would LOVE this!!! I guess I best be crackin and get to work on a quiet book for them for Christmas!!! I love your pages...especially the rocket! Can't wait for templates... if you do them, I'll love it! Thanks for the great idea!

Pikula's said...

Anyway we can just pay you to make one?? Would be worth it to me!! You are so talented!!

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

It looks great!

Christina said...

I love, love, love Oscar's quiet book! It turned out great. I'd love to make one for my daughter. I hope you are able to make some templates. I've been wanting to make one for quite some time, but yours by far is the cutest one I've seen.

Conversation Pieces said...

Wow, it's fab... makes me want to go and hug someone it's that good! Well done you :)

All things bright and beautiful... said...

Oscar is one lucky (and really cute!!!!!!!) kid.Well done - the book is lovely :)

Eva said...

Nice! I've been waiting to see the completed project :) Ps- I got the cute owl t-shirt in the mail today, exciting!

Sarah (Team Chilton) said...

After watching your day by day of the quiet book making, I searched and searched for more quiet books, and I am hoping....really praying...to get one done in time for my younger son's 1 year birthday on in 2 1/2 weeks....hope hope hope...maybe at least a page or two. I love your ideas.

Rose said...

Wow, that looks fantastic! My only suggestion is to make one for me lol. Have you tried looking at a fabric store that sells window covering supplies? I'm pretty sure our fabric store sells plastic rings for making roman blinds that would work for something like that.

Miz Dinah said...

You must feel immense satisfaction when you finish a project like this. That is so cool!

a mom of many said...

Jill,
I really enjoyed watching the progress of the project. It turned out just beautifully! Thanks very much for showing your finished project...pure inspiration.
Oscar is so handsome & one blessed baby boy!

Wendy said...

Sitting up??!! How can that be??!! Wasn't he just born, like, yesterday??!!

Rae said...

Love that! That brings back memories from childhood!!! (:

Thanks for stopping by the ol' bloggityblog!

Jenny said...

Oh, It looks great! I'm really inspired to do one myself.

Jenny said...

Wow. I'm loving the quiet book. I kept checking for each page and love how you finished it. One day I will make one, if I have another child, or maybe for a niece or nephew someday. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

Oh, and I didn't click on anything that I wanted to see FEWER of. If anything, I want to see more of everything. lol Hope that helps some.

Jenny said...

Wow. I'm loving the quiet book. I kept checking for each page and love how you finished it. One day I will make one, if I have another child, or maybe for a niece or nephew someday. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

Oh, and I didn't click on anything that I wanted to see FEWER of. If anything, I want to see more of everything. lol Hope that helps some.

Anonymous said...

Please please templates :D
N.C.

APO (Bem-Trapilho) said...

amazing work!!! great blog! thanks for sharing!
big hugg from another full-time mother and part-time crafter! ;)

Anonymous said...

The New York skyline page is great. :)

BTW I went looking for your page and was er, a little surprised when I found this, instead: http://madebyjill.blogspot.com/

For a moment I thought you had really branched out, there...

--Rose

Sarah said...

You are Amazing!!!
This book is Incredible!
I wish I could create something like this!! I hope your son gets a lot of use out of it!

Mama Mel said...

This is SOOO beautiful! This totally puts my quiet book to shame! You've probably been sewing longer than me... I need more practice... I hope I can create something as lovely as this someday! :)

Sono-Ma: Holly White-Wolfe said...

I also just posted a how-to on making a children's book on my site! I created my book from felt and photo transfers, and bound the book with a blanket stitch rather than safety pins. Please check it out at: http://sono-ma.blogspot.com/2009/07/handmade-from-heart-easier-on-budget.html

Frederick said...

do you sell these or just make them for your little family....I desperately want a really cute quite book just like your which I do not have to make!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I bet you could make top dollar. I would pay top dollar....

Sarah Doyle said...

I just love this quiet book and the tag animals you have. Thanks for the tutorials! We have posted them on our sewingbusiness blog -- http://sewingbusiness.com/2009/08/09/toys-for-toddlers.aspx

Thanks again
Sarah J Doyle
http://PatternsThatFitYou.com
http://SewingBusiness.com blog

kerena said...

Wow, that's gorgeous!
I wish I could make one myself :-)

Thank you for inspiring me!

Anonymous said...

This is so sweet! What a lucky little boy to have a Mom like you! :)

Jenny said...

Jill, first of all, I love your blog! I subscribe via google reader and I have a number of your ideas labeled "things I want to make." I am wanting to start making a quiet book for my little girl, and I'm wondering if you can tell me what type of material you used for the pages. I had heard unbleached muslin works well but before I purchase any I thought I'd ask you what you used. Would you mind emailing me? Thanks! jmojmo24 at gmail dot com

Laura said...

Hi...I'm italian and I have a blog where I had spoken about you and some of yours creations... I'd like to invite you to visite and add a comment on my blog...bye bye Laura

http://chebirba.blogspot.com/2009/10/link-homemade-by-jill.html

Laura said...

Hi...I'm italian and I have a blog where I had spoken about you and some of yours creations... I'd like to invite you to visite and add a comment on my blog...bye bye Laura

http://chebirba.blogspot.com/2009/10/link-homemade-by-jill.html

Amber said...

IT IS FINISHED! I finally wrapped up my first (of two intended) quiet books. I'm short two pages because I ran out of time, but ultimately love the way it came together. Thank you for the great ideas, photos, and templates! Here are some pictures of the final product:

http://followthisumbrella.wordpress.com/2009/10/28/100-hours-of-labor/

FitzFam4ever said...

I love this! I have been looking or cute quiet books. I would be interestedd in seein your templates!

Heather Carringer Lemon said...
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Heather Carringer Lemon said...

I don't know how I found your blog but I am SO incredibly happy I did. Your quiet book is EXACTLY what I have been looking for! I am making a lot of my kids presents this year (thankfully I am crafty) and I have been searching for a cute quiet book. Thanks so much for sharing it with all of us!

Sarah from NZ said...

This is absolutely brilliant! You have got some serious talent.. and have inspired me to make one for my 2 year old nephews next birthday!

Mark & Megan said...

I came across your blog looking at the baby shoe ideas, but couldn't stop clicking links. What a wonderful quiet book! I just had to comment because my son's name is Oskar James too.

Jaimie said...

Obsessed with this idea. I need to learn to sew.

Anonymous said...

uh.. strange thread!

Jessica said...

This is going to be my next project. Love it! Maybe you could use plastic shower curtain rings... might be too big though???

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Stormie's Mommy said...

I sure do love this idea and yours is one of the best ones I have seen yet! I was wondering what did you make the pages out of? And is there a very detailed how to on this? I really want to make one for my 2 year old daughter!
Thank you and if you want you can just email me a response here
amanchesgirl03@yahoo.com

Brittney

Galimamphigouri said...

It's wonderfull!!! I post a link and some pictures on my new blog (with your permission?):
http://galimamphigouric.canalblog.com/

Anonymous said...

Wow what an awesome quiet book!

Anonymous said...

Jill, Your quiet book is absolutely adorable!! Do you sell them? because I have been looking everywhere for a quiet book for my kids and yours are just perfect. I would love to know how I could purchase one from you.

Sarah T.
Sandy, UT

Erin @ Letter Soup said...

I'm planning a post on toddler books for sometime next week. I'll link to this one!

Beth said...

Jill ~

I hope you are enjoying every minute with Baby Ruby! (Cute name!) I am getting ready to put my book together (A good year later from starting!)... I am wondering if you used an eylet puncher for the holes that the rings go though??? Or did you just create button holes? I have yet to make button holes but if needs be the time is now! and don't really want to spend $$ on the eylet puncher so I am anxious to hear your reply.

Thanks!!

Jill said...

Hi Beth,

I don't have an eyelet puncher either. I just created button holes with my sewing machine. Hope that helps!

melissa gargalis said...

I am going to attempt to make a quiet book. I bought a template through a quilting magazine and some are good pages and some are lame for the ages of my boys. Thank you for your ideas, super cute. I love your book cover, did you put cardboard or anything in the cover?...just curious, or is it just fabric?

C Lombardi said...

This is gorgeous. Saw it on Pinterest and immediately caught my eye since my baby has the same first and last name. Wonderful.

C Lombardi said...

I meant middle name. Oops.

Mystical Mistyful said...

if you enjoy making Quiet Book please join us on facebook with The Quiet Book Club were we share ideas and tips and pics with one another ;) http://www.facebook.com/quietbookclub#!/groups/quietbookclub/

Sara Bignardi said...

Complimenti, un bellissimo libro!

Anonymous said...

If people are worried about the metal rings and chewing, just tie some ribbons to the rings .

Marta Niedzielska said...

Hi, amaizing quiet book, Wery detailed and well prepared.

I do also quiet books, if U would like to see feel invited:

http://marta-mojepasje.blogspot.com/search/label/QUIET%20BOOK

Anonymous said...

If you are still looking for plastic rings...you can use plastic shower curtain rings, they are inexpensive, come in different colors, are pretty sturdy, and sometimes have designs printed on them or extra little piece in flower shapes or boats, etc.

Melissa Evans said...

Hi Jill
I know this post was a long time ago, but do you have or know any tutorials or ideas on how to make the pages? I like the idea of button holes so I can have rings and add more pages but not sure how to make the pages and at what point to appliqué
Thank you!!
Mrsmmmevans@gmail.com

Nyssa said...

Like anonymous, I also used plastic shower curtain rings. Instead of button holes I sewed some ribbon to make a loop when I stitched the pages shut (I don't do buttonholes...) - my pages were a thick calico.
I used cardboard for the cover, which I covered in a cute fabric and once again used ribbon to make loops to put the rings through.

The final putting together was done very last minute - the hour before the birthday party where I was to gift this!

Thanks for your templates, I used a few of them for the last book and am using them again in the second book I'm making.

Nyssa

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