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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Quiet Book Page #5 - Counting

Remember the Quite Book Overview I did a while back? I'm going through the book page by page and explaining in more detail how I did everything and linking to any patterns that I used. Be sure to check out the other quiet book pages and the Quiet Book FAQ!

Quiet Book Page #1 - Train Tracks
Quiet Book Page #2 - Shapes and Colors
Quiet Book Page #3 - Barn & Finger Puppets
Quiet Book Page #4 - Letters

To help Andyroo's counting skills, I made this counting page for his quiet book.

You could do more or less than 10, but I stuck with 10. You'll need to cut 20 squares from felt - I think mine were around 2 or 2.5" squares.

You'll also need to decide on what you want to be under the flaps.

I had a bunch of buttons leftover from Andyroo's I-Spy Bag, so I used those for numbers 1-5. They were on the bigger side, so 5 was the max that I could fit onto these squares. For 6-10, I used some decorative brads. I just poked a small hole into the felt and stuck the brad through. It might be obvious, but I don't want anyone to be confused. So just to be sure, you need to have as many things under the flap as the number says on the top. So for the picture above, there are 5 moving things and the number on the flap says 5. For the picture below, there are 9 stars so the number 9 is on the top flap.

So once you've decided what you want to put under the flaps, You need to put them onto one of the squares. This square will become the botton flap that is sewn down to the page. After the items are attached to the squares, sew the bottom square to the page. After it's sewn down, then match up the top square and sew it to the bottom square and to the page. You only want to sew along the top this time so that the flap can lift up.

After the top flaps are sewn on, go ahead and put your number on. I used some glitter fabric paint leftover from putting the names on our stockings. However, if you were going to applique a number or do something fancier than fabric paint, you'll probably want to put that on before you attach the top flap to the book.

Andyroo's favorite flap is number 5 because it has a train (and other transportation-themed items).


  1. I'm not crafty at all, so I'm always jealous of people who can make things like this!

    Does it actually work and keep a boy quiet? B/c that would be a miracle. Mine are SO LOUD.

  2. @Shell

    Shell, my son loves his book. During the hour of church that he needs to be quiet, he usually will spend atleast 20 or so minutes playing quietly with this book. The rest of the time is another story. But for those 20 minutes.... :)


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