Now I should preface this by saying that no recent baby gifts were harmed in the making of this book. These are all clothes that were used and well loved by my older kids...and there are plenty more where thee came from.
Our family is on a never ending quest to find ways to help our kids get through Sacrament Meeting at church while being quiet and reverent. I wish I could say these quiet books were a panacea and now our kids behave perfectly...but I can't. The kids do enjoy them though, and we try to rotate them through other activities so they don't get to play with them every week.
I love seeing all sorts of quiet books show up on Pinterest and blogs. There are so many fun ones out there...but they really can be a lot of work. I also know from personal experience that any pieces not attached to the book will be lost within a week or two...at least that's the way it works at our house.
Then I was inspired by this idea from Forty Two Roads to make a quiet book out of baby clothes. There are some crafts which you should be warned ahead of time can be really addictive. Cutting out I-Spy squares is one of them. Well, turning baby clothes into a quiet book is another one. I'd just planned on making one book and then before I knew it I had enough pages to put together three quiet books.
What you'll need:
- Baby clothes with an assortment of closures. I found 0-6 month sizes worked best to fit on the page, but you can always cut larger clothes down.
- Scrap fabric or felt for the back of each page. I used felt with scrap fabric on top, so it would be a little stiff. Each page is 12 1/2 inches square...because that was the size of my square quilting ruler.
- Other fun odds and ends to embellish with...ribbon, buttons, knit scraps, yarn, whatever you can think of. Let your creativity run with it.
- Needle, thread, sewing machine, etc.
- All the printable flash cards I used came from here.
This is actually the back of a shirt that fit kinda awkward, so it looks much better in the book than it ever did on my girls. I trimmed off fabric from the sides and sleeves to make it fit on the page. and added the skirt and pink waist for cuteness.
And tucked inside is a puzzle...cut from a page in an Anne Geddes book I picked up for 50 cents at the thrift store. (That way when the puzzle gets lost, I can just cut a new one out.
Zipper suits are great...and so much easier to use a baby outfit than to sew the zipper in yourself. You can tuck a puzzle or something else fun inside.
And if you're lucky enough to have pockets in it, you can tuck in some little flashcards.
These aren't actually made from old clothes, but they're some of the kids favorite pages. You basically just sew two rows of ribbons.
Pockets and more pockets!
Love these jean pockets. I loaded them with a pad of paper (just a few sheets sewn together across the top), pencil, and math flashcards. I also added some belt loops and a belt for the kids to fasten and unfasten.
How could I have a clothes quiet book without overalls. I love little babies in overalls...at least I love the idea of them in overalls. It turns out these were always too bulky to put a newborn in and they were size 0-3 months...so into the book they went. The kids and fasten and unfasten the buckles, do up the belt, and tucked in the pocket are some shape matching flash cards.
This just might be my favorite page. This outfit was calling out for some big, bright buttons to be sewn on. I reinforced the fabric with a little circle of felt behind each button when I sewed them on.
I made the flowers out of two layers of T-shirt scraps with some heat'n bond in between and the edges sewed together, but you could make them out of felt too.
And because I new the flowers were get lost...They're attached with ribbon and the ribbons are sewed to a spot on the inside.
I wasn't sure if I'd be able to sew these on, but it worked pretty well going slow with my machine. This gives little fingers practice with velcro.
My husband had an pair of torn up converse shoes in our closet. This was the perfect excuse to get ride of them. Since they were just thick canvas they sewed on really well.
Choose a Tie
These pants were left from an attempt to make some for my nephew a while back, but the ended up WAY too small. I sewed a strong magnet behind the onesie and then a magnet inside of each tie. Note: You want to be VERY careful with strong magnets and kiddos. I sewed each magnet carefully inside a sandwich of felt and then that is securely sewed into the tie, so there's no chance it will come out for a baby to swallow. The ties are made with a two layers of T-shirt scraps with heat'n bond in between.
This was a onesie and skirt that I added a bunch of ribbons to for tying practice. Just before to secure the ends of the ribbons to make sure they won't unravel.
This is just a cheap pair of gloves. I sewed them on with zigzag stitches at the wrist, so the kids can slide their hands in.
Most of these were left over from making Becca's doll quilt. I added a few new ones to get some different textures...like the blue sparkly fabric and some fleece.
These are some of the kids favorite pages. They're not made out of kids' clothes, but I did use some old adult T-shirts. I drew the maze shape ahead of time and just stitched the lines. Then add a bead or marble and close it up.
Lots of yarn sewn into a "hat" made from some extra fleece.
Ribbon braiding and buckles
I thought some ribbon braiding would be good too. I just sewed some pieces of ribbon down and then sewed a button on top to make it cuter. I also thought a buckle would be a good idea because kids encounter them a lot.
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