The Craft Patch: Dexter's Quiet Book

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Dexter's Quiet Book

My nephew's first birthday is coming up, so I decided to make him a cloth quiet book. The first book I made was a PAIN IN THE REAR, but I was able to streamline the process this time around. I've also learned a ton since the first book, so it was definitely easier, although very time consuming. As always, if you have questions about how to do this, leave me a comment and I'll do my best to answer.

Quiet Book for Boys

Front cover: I cut each piece of the robot from fabric lined with double sided fusible interfacing (Wonder Under), ironed the pieces onto the backing fabric, then traced around the edges with puffy paint to keep the edges from coming up. I used hot glue to add googly eyes.

This quiet book is designed for boys!

First page: includes a hand-stitched inscription on one side and a truck on the other side that has several different types of wheels to button on. The yellow fabric is a pocket where the wheels can be stored.

Truck Wheels Quiet Book Page

Second page: An airplane and boyish paper dolls.

The parachute man hides inside the airplane and kids can reach in to make him
jump out. The paper dolls are made of paper that has been laminated. They each have a magnetic strip on the back that helps them stick to the boy. He was painted with magnetic paint. The orange fabric is a pocket to hold the paper dolls.

Third Page: A race track! The little car has to dodge a mud puddle, go through a bridge and stop at a stop sign before it can park in the garage pocket.

A race track busy book page

The bridge is made of felt so it can fold down when the book is closed.

Fourth page: a treasure chest complete with lock and key. Wouldn't it be fun to put fruit snacks in the pocket so that he has to open the chest to get the treat? This page also has a fishing game. The fish and pole are magnets and they all store in the boat pocket.

Fifth Page: And last, but definitely not least, the face page. It's my favorite! The face is made of felt and all the pieces are lined with felt so they stick together. The face pieces store inside the checkerboard pocket.

Here's a side view of the entire book. To bind the book together, I just laid all the pages flat and sewed them right down the middle. It was much easier than doing button holes or grommets and works great for smaller books like this.

Hopefully my nephew has lots of fun with this book as he gets older!

Here are a few more quiet books you might like:

The Original Fabric Quiet Book
Personalized Fabric Name Book
"Favorite Things" Book
Boy Felt Name Book
Boy Felt Name Book 2
Girl Felt Name Book


  1. I love it! I hate to admit, but I haven't even finished the first one. But this makes me want to finish it and attempt another one.

  2. haces cosas hermosas... me encantaría hacer uno igual para mi bebé... felicidades por el blog es encantador

  3. How did you get so amazing! I LOVE it but I always do. Hey, if you put patterns for sale I would probably buy them :)

  4. So cute! I just discovered your blog and I love it! You are very talented. Is there a patern or instructions for this book? I would love to make one for my little boy. It might make church a little more bearable! Ü

  5. I love this! You did a great job. I have always wanted to make one of these and they just seem like sooo much work! You obviously spent a good amount of time on yours! ;)


  6. Awesome! My goodness- you deserve the most incredible sewing machine in the world creating things like that! You are amazing. I miss you- we're back in moscow and it just doesn't seem right without you here! :)

  7. Very cute! All your pages are so clever and fun.

  8. That bridge is such a great idea, love the treasure chest, and everything is so well done. Bravo,... if one day i can ever create something as cute as you I might start posting on my blog again!

  9. Jenn, do you have a button for this blog??


  10. Amazingly cute. I wish you were my kids Aunt:)

  11. That book is too cute! I need a couple of those for Sundays!!

  12. Hey Jennifer It is Hollie I found your blog through Whitney's super cute project I definetly need a quiet book for my boys. Email me at nhollie(at)hotmail(dot)com and I can send you a link to our blog.

  13. Hi Jennifer! This is your old college buddy Janie! My sister Jess found your blog and linked me over! I'd love to be in on your family blog, so send me an invite! I have a family blog: I'm into sewing bigtime - I can't get enough of it - so your craft blog is a FIND! Can't wait to catch up with you!

  14. I just found your blog, and I love it! It is the best craft blog I have seen. You are just so gosh darn creative! I also love all the links to other projects you post, because they're all things that would consider doing! Keep it up!

  15. Yeah, and you should create a button, so I can put it on my blog.

  16. I love your quiet book! I think it's so cute!

  17. Your face page... is there a template for the pieces? Where did you find them or did you make them yourself...if so how?


  18. I just love this quiet book, I have 3 boys and my crafty time is my time to make something for them. Do you have the patterns or a tutorial of how you made this! I would love to find out!! Thanks, Brooke

  19. Is there any way to get the pattern for your adorable quiet book?

  20. Is there any way to get a pattern for your adorable quiet book?

  21. I am terrible at responding to comments. So sorry everyone who has been asking me questions.

    I didn't use a pattern for this quiet book. I made it up. I sketched things on paper and then made them of felt or fabric. I don't really have a tutorial either, but maybe in the future I should do that. I know that is not much help at all, but at least now you know. Sorry I can't be more helpful!

  22. I love it! I especially appreciate the boy theme!

  23. Very nice quiet book :) And I need admit that it's done very precisely :) I tried also very much, but it's not so easy, it only looks like :)
    greetings :) m@rta (my quiet book:

  24. All the quiet books you've made are incredible!! So fun and so detailed (can't even imagine how much time it takes to make them)! Your friends are lucky to have you as a friend and to receive these wonderful handmade gifts!

    1. Thanks! I love to make them. It's actually been a while... maybe it's time for another book!


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