Saturday, August 7, 2010

ABC Quiet Book {A & B}

We're trying to teach Ben about being reverent during Sacrament Meeting...we're hoping to get him to sit on the bench through the whole thing. So I've been trying to come up with quiet toys that will keep his interest and be "Sunday only" toys...I might even have to craft a bag for them - but that's for another day.

So, I'm working on making an ABC Quiet book out of felt. So far I've make A and B. I thought I'd share as I go, so you can make one too. I'd also love to hear your ideas - the hardest part for me is coming up with ideas for each letter.

Some things to note about felt:
1. It's cheap! You can buy it 4/$1 or even 5/$1. I just stocked up on a bunch of different colors so I wouldn't have to keep running back to the store all the time.
2. It's easy to work with. The only thing I wish I could do is cut it on my cricut. Instead, I cut out the patterns on the cricut out of card stock then trace it onto the felt and cut with scissors. It's really not that bad.
3. Attaching the felt - you can use fabric glue, sewing machine, or hand sew. I went the hand sewing route because I wanted it to look handmade, and I needed something to do while I watch TV.

A is for Apples
For this page I made a tree with apples that you can pick and place in the basket. I sewed magnets into the apples (between two layers of felt, plus some batting) and then placed some magnets under the tree. I was worried that Velcro might still be a bit loud for church.

B is for Bees
Super creative I know...but I think it turned out pretty cute!
For this page I made the beehive and some flowers. The idea was that the bees would go collect pollen from the flowers and then return tot he beehive.
Suggestion for improvement: I decided to use velcro on this page instead of magnets, because they were going to be back to back and I worried about the magnets from "A" interfering with magnets from "B". What I should have done is not put the velcro on the page and just put the rough Velcro on the back of the bees. Instead, I accidentally put the rough velcro on the page. If I had put the rough Velcro on the bees then they could have "stuck" anywhere on the felt. Well, I'll know for next time.

Other Letters:
I'm still trying to figure them all out but here's what I have so far.

A: Apple
B: Bee
C: Counting (1-5)
D: Dinosaur
F: Fish (feed the fish)
G: Garden (pick flowers and put in vase)
H: Hands, on a clock
I: Igloo, or Ice Cream Cone
K: Kite
L: Letters (in a mailbox)
M: Musical Notes
P: phone
R: Road, cars can "drive" on
S: Sandwich, build your own
T: Treasure (pirates chest with treasure in it)
U: Ukulele
W: windmills, or weather (four season)
X: X ray, arrange the bones
Z: zebra, place stripes on

Let me know if you have any letter suggestions for me.

♥ Julliana


  1. What about V is for Vacuum? You could do little squares of different colored "carpet" for him to vacuum. Or you could do V is for Vegetables and he could put veggies in a grocery cart.

  2. Ben is scared of vacuums! But I like the Veggie idea. Thanks!