So Nolan’s 2nd birthday was sometime in September. I’m a horrible Aunt for not even knowing the date! I’ll use the excuse that I’m a “fake” aunt to make myself feel better. I had given him a Quiet Book last year for Christmas with the intention of making pages for him every year for his birthday and Christmas. I have absolutely no idea if he uses his quiet book or not, but I know he has enough toys and clothing (according to his mother at least) and it’s what I planned on doing, so that’s what he’s getting, like it or not!
I browsed both my own and Amanda’s Pinterest boards dedicated solely to quiet books for ideas. I settled on a mailbox page, a paper/pencil/crayon page to go across from it, a brush teeth/comb hair page (when we saw him a few months ago he hated having his teeth brush so I was hoping it may help!) and a color matching page.
I’ll walk through the color matching page on this post. You can find the details for the others in the links above 🙂
I found my inspiration pin on Amanda’s board. It led to a dead-end link that was just a bunch of pictures of different quiet book ideas. I googled and searched Pinterest for more ideas for a color match, but liked the gum ball idea the best. Originally I was going to use buttons like the original pin but I didn’t have any large ones and didn’t feel like hitting the store. As much fun as Joann’s/Michaels/Dollar Tree is with a 1.5 year old, I like to pass as often as I can. Plus I figured they’re technically a choking hazard anyway, so I’d just stick with felt ones.
This was one of the simplest pages I’ve ever made. I started off by searching for a drawing of a gum ball machine on Google Images. I saved it to my computer, opened it in Silhouette Studio and used that to make a template for the page.I used my Silhouette to cut the coordinating colors of felt for each piece. All except the round circle where the gum balls would go–for that I used just regular white fabric. Just remember that you need to iron Heat n Bond on the back of any fabrics/felts first before using your machine to cut! The red package is for materials that you don’t need to sew later, and the purple for ones that a needle will be going through. As I learned making this page, this is a very important distinction.
For felt I set my machine to a speed of 3, thickness 33 and blade to 10. I usually double cut. You can see more details on how to use a Silhouette Cameo to cut felt on my Cinderella Felt People post.
In the case of the red felt I used I had to send it through about 4 times and it still never cut it well. It was a glitter felt that was super thick. Lesson learned.
Once I had my pieces I got to sewing. I started with the machine “pieces”. First I sewed the change collector onto the grey box. Then the grey box and the gum ball dispenser onto the red felt. Since the pieces were so small putting a pin in didn’t seemed like more of a pain than it was worth so I figured I didn’t need it. Wrong again.Next I cut out my gum balls by hand. I already had yellow, green, white, blue and red velcro in my sewing stash, so those were the colors I stuck with for the gum balls. I sewed the rough side of the velcro (male??) to the balls and then soft side (female? I could definitely have that backwards. That’s just what intuition is telling me 😉 ) onto the white round part. This is where I made another mistake. Since the fabric had Heat n Bond on one side since I used the Silhouette to cut it, I thought it would be a great idea to leave that side up…then it would look more like the gum balls were “inside” the machine–the shiny stuff could be glass! I must’ve used the red (non-sewable) Heat n Bond and not realized it though because that was a b*tch to sew through. See how it’s all wrinkled? And my needle got really gummy. I had to keep pulling it out of the machine and cleaning it off. Yet another lesson learned–don’t mistake the two different kinds of Heat n Bond!
It was all easy after that. I sewed the red piece with the “parts” down first, followed by the white gum ball bowl. I added the black bottom piece and the little black top part. Then the little red “hat”. The biggest pain was having to switch my thread back and forth a bunch of time. I hate threading the sewing machine for some reason.Finally I added a long strip of white velcro for the gum balls to rest on when they weren’t in the machine. Voila, finished! This page didn’t even take me an entire two hour nap time to complete. Although it does irritate me how wonky the machine turned out…