I am a big fan of making quiet books for my kids. I enjoy the work that goes into making them and finding fun new ways to teach them new things. My latest book was for Little J who was just 16 months when I gave it to him. As such, I had to cater to his age. This textures page was a fun and simple way to make a sturdy page for a very destructive little dude!
While my quiet books are traditionally made of mostly felt, this page allowed me to pull out some fabric scraps from my sewing stash. I also got to use the sewing machine for this one which made quick work for me!
- Polar fleece with a monkey pattern
- Patterned satin
- Ribbed pinky (very fuzzy)
- Swirly pinky (very fluffy)
- Spotted minky (thinner minky with raised dots)
- Pom pom trim (4 strips cut from 1 long piece)
- This was from the scrap bin and I’m not sure exactly what it is! It sort of feels like suede.
To make this page, I simply used some pinking shears to cut out 2.75″ squares of various fabrics from my scrap bin. You can use just about anything! This page has the potential for a lot of fun colours. Unfortunately, I have a lot of white fun fabrics in my collection!
Pinking the edges with the shears is a quick and simple way to avoid fraying edges without having to serge them. Once I cut out my squares, I pinned them to the page and started sewing simple straight lines using white thread. The pom pom trim was a bit tricky as it is four rows of trim stacked on top of each other. I ended up sewing the top piece with the machine but hand-sewing the bottom 3 rows as I could not fit the sewing machine foot between the rows.
While a sewing machine makes this a quick and simple page to make, it is definitely not necessary. It will take you longer to complete but it can definitely be hand-sewn. If you opt to hand-sew it, you can match the thread to the colour of each fabric square.
Andrea can always be found with a new craft in front of her, a form of technology on her right and a coffee on her left. This is how she survives suburbia with her two crazy toddlers in tow.