Table of Contents
- Making patterns for your letter E quiet book page
- Cutting out the letter E quiet book patterns
- Pacing yourself while making a quiet book
- Preparing to cut the quiet book materials
- Cutting the letter E quiet book materials
- Putting together the quiet book egg page
In this post, I share with you how I created this adorable letter E quiet book page for E-is-for-egg. This is part of a series of posts where I walk you through how I got confident designing and creating my own quiet book patterns. And how you can do this very easily too!
Quiet book patterns can seem daunting sometimes if you are just setting out making a quiet book. However once you decide to put a pencil to paper, you will realize that they are far easier than you ever thought.
As I shared in other posts, I am making a spell-my-name quiet book for a friend’s little boy called Sameer. So far, I have shared how I made the following pages:
And now here, let me show you how I made this set of letter E quiet book patterns.
If you too are setting out on your quiet book journey, it really helps to first check Google and Pinterest for inspiration. Also, I find that everything appears simpler if I start to think about each image as a series of simple lines and shapes.
So for example an egg box is just a series of straight lines arranged at particular angles. An egg is just a continuous curved shape tapered at one end. And this is exactly how I started thinking about the letter E quiet book patterns that I drew next.
Making patterns for your letter E quiet book page
I love making quiet book patterns on Inkscape. It is a free software on which you can create vector images. Vector images are pictures that you can scale to any size without blowing up the pixels. So when I decided to create an egg page for my quiet book, I first created its quiet book pattern on Inkscape. Here’s how I did it.
Narrowing down the letter E quiet book ideas
First I looked around on the internet for different letter E quiet book ideas; there were quite a few! After searching through images for a while, I realized that I wanted to make eggs. So I narrowed down my search to images of whole eggs, fried eggs and egg boxes. Google images was perfect to find what I was looking for.
Hand drawing quiet book patterns
I studied all the egg images I liked and then did a rough sketch of the kind of page I wanted to create for my quiet book. Sameer is only two-and-a-half years old so I thought it would be fun to give him a variety of different shapes and textures to play with. Which is why I started doodling a simple fried egg, an egg box and a couple of eggs. It was important that these doodles are kept as simple and easy as possible.
Besides, my doodles did not have to be perfect; just enough to get me going on Inkscape. It really was no more than a series of simple curves and shapes. But I knew that I wanted to make at least some of the eggs textured and removable for the baby to interact with.
Once my sketches were complete, I scanned them into my computer.
Creating the egg quiet book page on Inkscape
I imported my scanned eggs sketch into Inkscape and traced it to create a vector image. You too can learn how to do this on Youtube at this link. Finally, I made sure to scale everything down to the relevant size of my quiet book pages. And just like that, one of the letter E ideas had been converted into a quiet book pattern! It really was one of the easiest quiet book patterns I’ve ever made on Inkscape.
I saved my quiet book pattern as a pdf file and printed it out on my home printer.
Cutting out the letter E quiet book patterns
Next I set about cutting out all the different parts of the busy book pattern. I used fine curved scissors to cut out the egg shapes as smoothly as possible. These scissors would also work beautifully on the HTV (heat transfer vinyl) that I would need to cut later for the top of the eggs.
I also used small sharp scissors to cut the other details of the quiet book pattern such as the little space between the two egg slots on the egg box. But for the simpler lines of the quiet book template, I just used a regular pair of sharp scissors. I was done in no time at all.
Pacing yourself while making a quiet book
It is important to pace yourself when you are making a quiet book. So I did not immediately use the quiet book patterns to cut out the materials. Instead I took a fresh CD envelope, the kind with the clear window, and placed all the little pieces of the egg quiet book page inside it. I carefully labelled it and put it away. I would return to cutting out the quiet book materials a short while later after taking a break.
Preparing to cut the quiet book materials
You always need to prepare your quiet book materials before cutting them out. I have made two separate posts about how to make quiet book pages stiff and how to stiffen felt. It is good to read these first so you know what other preparations you might need to make before cutting out the other bits.
To make this cute quiet book egg page, I used the following materials:
- Stiffened felt fabric in two different colours, speckled grey and plain white. These were both high quality 20% wool mix felt. Once dry, I ironed out the felt pieces using a hot steam iron and heat pressed fusible web behind both the felt pieces. The felt was now ready to be traced and cut.
- Yellow felt, unstiffened, to create the 3D egg yolk.
- A piece of burlap/ hessian/ jute fabric to make the top of the egg box.
- Heat transfer vinyl (HTV) in two different colours, green and white.
- Two flat pieces of polyester batting/ wadding along with a little lump of polyester wool .
Cutting the letter E quiet book materials
Now it was time to cut out all the felt and HTV pieces that I needed for my cute quiet book egg page.
Tracing parts of the letter E quiet book patterns
I traced the simpler parts of the letter E quiet book patterns on the fusible web’s backing paper. This mainly included the white of the fried egg. I was careful to flip the pattern over while tracing the outline. Since this was an easy shape to cut, I used a simple pair of sharp scissors.
Taping the quiet book pattern
For cutting out the perfect circle for the egg yolk, along with any heat transfer vinyl (HTV) pieces, I directly taped on the quiet book pattern and cut around the piece. I also taped the pattern on to the jute fabric to avoid making any inaccurate lines. My curved scissors made quick work of cutting out the egg yolk. My regular sharp scissors worked beautifully in cutting out the clean lines on the jute and HTV.
Putting together the quiet book egg page
Finally all the pieces of my letter E quiet book patterns were ready to be put together!
Pressing the letter E quiet book patterns HTV bits
I first sorted out the HTV bits. I pressed the green strip of heat transfer vinyl on to the jute fabric. The lovely smooth white HTV went on top of the stiffened white felt.
Fusing the quiet book parts
Next, I fused the egg white on to the quiet book page using a hot iron. I also fused the top layer of the egg box, which is the jute fabric, on to the bottom layer of grey felt.
Sewing the quiet book pattern parts
Next I took all of these to my sewing machine and here’s what I did.
Quiet book egg white
To make the egg white, I did a tidy stitch all around.
Quiet book egg box
For the egg box, I first did a zigzag stitch along the top of the burlap/hessian fabric and trimmed away the excess. Then I placed all of this on to the quiet book page and did a zig-zag stitch on all sides except the top. This created two pockets for the eggs to slide into.
Quiet book whole eggs
To make the whole eggs, I sandwiched flat pieces of polyester wadding between the white HTV-treated felt and a bottom layer of stiffened felt. Then I did a tidy stitch all around the edge of the white HTV. I hid the thread ends under the felt layer using a curved needle. Then I snipped off the excess length. Finally, I trimmed around the white HTV and gently pressed the curved edges to tidy up the eggs.
Quiet book egg yolk
For the egg yolk, I placed the yellow felt circle in the middle of the stitched egg white. Then I sewed halfway around. Next I took a tiny piece of polyester wool, scrunched it up into a ball, and stuffed it under the yellow felt. I used the back of a paint brush to stuff it in. Then I sewed the circle close to create a cute 3D egg yolk.
Now the baby can pull out the eggs from the egg box and also squish the 3D egg yolk. Yay!
Finishing off the quiet book egg page
I have a little old Brother LS14 sewing machine. It is cheap and basic and usually very good at what it does. However it started to skip stitches when I was doing the zigzag around the egg box. I compensated by topping it all up with a straight stitch. Finally, I used a needle to pass the extra thread lengths to the back of the sewn felt and quiet book page. After knotting the threads, I trimmed off the excess.
The alphabet letters have yet to be sewn on to all the quiet book pages. I shall update this page once I do that.
You can read all about how to make a quiet book here.
The final letter in Sameer’s name is R. Check out this adorable R-is-for-rocket quiet book page I made here!