For my “fake” nephew’s two year birthday I made 4 new quiet book pages for the Quiet Book I gave him last year for Christmas. While at the beach with their family over the summer I learned there’s nothing more Nolan hates than getting his teeth brushed. I figured that might be a fun quiet book page for him…and who knows, maybe it’ll make the ordeal slightly less awful for his parents every night! Long shot, I know, but still worth a try!
Imagine Our Life has a kick-ass tooth brushing page. No surprise there since all of her pages are A-MAZ-ING. I decided that I didn’t want to go to that much effort for Nolan’s page. Simple is what I’m going for! I did use her idea to stuff the toothpaste tube with a crinkly wrapper so it would make some noise though. Great touch that took little effort–that’s what I like, haha.
Tangible Pursuits quiet book page was more along my lines. Simple and to the point! I liked how she added a comb in too–it gives the page a little bit more to do. I decided to design mine differently so I wouldn’t waste two pages on this simple design–a pocket to keep the toothbrush, comb and toothpaste in.
I made a template in my Silhouette Studio program. I used my machine to cut out the face in tan felt (I can’t cut a circle in a straight line to save my life!), but I ended up hand cutting the rest of the felt face pieces. First I sewed the black pupils inside the eyes, and then the eyes onto the face. I sewed the red mouth down, followed by all of the teeth. I just sewed a “straight” line across the top of the top row of teeth and the bottom of the bottom row so they can move and wiggle. Just in case you couldn’t tell, I did not pin the teeth down before sewing. Poor kid really needs to see a dentist. SOON.Finally I sewed the head onto the page. I put him down near the bottom, leaving plenty of room for the pocket.I had three colors of yarn: red, yellow and green. I decided to make him a ginger since they get such a bad rap. I played around with the yarn, figuring out how long I wanted his hair to be and then looped the yarn over and over and over again until I had enough to go across the top of his head. Then I placed it on the page and sewed across his head one way and then back the other way. The toothpaste was next. I found some scraps of fabric–yellow for the tube and blue for the toothpaste. I simply cut two toothpaste-tube shapes out of the yellow and sewed them together, leaving the top open. I flipped it inside out so the seams were hidden and ironed on the white fabric letters spelling TOOTHPASTE I had used my Silhouette to cut for me.I lost the A, S and T somewhere between my Cameo and sewing station (those suckers are TINY!) so I just hand cut some out. Would’ve never noticed if I hadn’t pointed them out, huh? Seriously, how people are able to cut things by hand is beyond me. Those letters look horrendous and they were my fifth try!
I found some leftover cellophane in my quiet book craft box that I was saving for an occasion just like this and stuffed it inside the tube. Next I cut out 4 scraps of blue in a wiggly shape to represent the toothpaste. I folded them in half, shoved them inside and sewed the tube shut. Voila, toothpaste!The pocket was next. I cut a large rectangle out of red polka dot fabric, folded the edges in and ironed them so they were straight, sewed the top down, pinned it on my page and then sewed the other three sides down. I cut a skinny rectangle that was slightly longer than my pocket for the top flap. I did the same thing–ironed the folded edges down, sewed three of the four, pinned it on the page and then sewed the last one on.J has a beauty salon kit that has about 3 brushes and 6 combs in it, so I just snagged one from there. I picked up a toddler toothbrush at the grocery store for $1 (it’s not pictured below because I didn’t have it at that point. I literally picked it up from the grocery store, came home, added it to the page, wrapped the pages, stuck them in a large envelope and headed to the post office. I procrastinated that one so much that I was starting to wonder if I was going to have to include a note that told Amanda she had to buy a toothbrush to add to it, haha). I like the simplicity of the page. I do wish that the pocket and head had been sewn on a little straighter. And I didn’t bother to put velcro on the pocket, thinking it would be big enough to hold everything, no problem. It does indeed hold it all–barely. So I’m sure that stuff will be falling out in regular intervals. Whoops…