Table of Contents
- DIY letter M quiet book page pattern
- Cutting out the quiet book patterns
- Pacing yourself
- Preparing to cut the letter M quiet book page materials
- Cutting the quiet book materials
- Putting together your letter M quiet book page
There are so many letter M quiet book ideas online! I discovered this while making a quiet book for a friend’s baby boy. The toddler’s name is Sameer and I am making him a spell-my-name quiet book. In this series of posts, I am showing you how I made the quiet book pages for each letter. So far I have covered how I made the quiet book pages for S-is-for-strawberry and A-is-for-airplane . Now let me show you how I made this adorable M-is-for-mouse page.
If you too are setting out on your quiet book journey, it really helps to first check Google and Pinterest for inspiration. For example M is for monkey, mango, meerkat, mouse, moon, mug, mop and so on. While all these options can seem overwhelming, 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 a mop could be a series of straight lines for the stick, and a handful of swishy S-shaped curves for the mop-head. And this is exactly how I started thinking about the mouse pattern that I drew next.
DIY letter M quiet book page pattern
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 a mouse for my quiet book, I first created its quiet book pattern on Inkscape. Here’s how I did it.
Narrowing down the letter M quiet book ideas
First I looked around on the internet for different letter M quiet book ideas; there were quite a few! After searching through images for a while, I realized that I wanted to make a mouse. So I narrowed down my search to images of cute mice. Google images was perfect to find what I was looking for.
Hand drawing quiet book patterns
I studied all the cute mouse images I liked and then did a rough sketch of the kind of mouse I wanted to create for my quiet book. It 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 its ears and arms movable for the baby to interact with.
Once the cute mouse was sketched, I scanned it into my computer.
Creating your letter M quiet book patterns on Inkscape
I imported my scanned mouse sketch into Inkscape and traced it to create a vector image. You too can learn how to do this on Youtube.
I made sure to scale the mouse it to the relevant size of my quiet book pages. And just like that, one of my letter M quiet book ideas had been converted into a pattern! I saved my quiet book pattern as a pdf file and printed it out on my home printer. (I also realised I forgot to make patterns for the eyes and nose … so I just winged those later!)
Cutting out the quiet book patterns
Next I set about cutting out all the different parts of the busy book pattern. I used fine curved scissors for the tiny parts such as the cheeks, eyes and feet. I knew I would be making these out of HTV and curved scissors work beautifully on both paper and HTV.
I also used ordinary small sharp scissors to cut the other details of the quiet book pattern such as the tail. But for the simple shapes, for example thebody and ears, I just used a regular pair of sharp scissors. I was done in no time at all.
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 quiet book pattern 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 letter M quiet book page materials
You always need to prepare your quiet book materials before cutting them out. If you haven’t already, you could read the two separate posts I wrote earlier about how to stiffen quiet book pages and how to stiffen felt.
To make this cute mouse, I first stiffened two different colours of felt fabric pieces. One was a lovely speckled grey felt and the other was a plain stone coloured felt. These were both high quality 20% wool mix felt fabrics from my stash.
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.
Cutting the quiet book materials
Now it was time to cut out all the felt and HTV pieces that I needed for my cute little mouse.
Tracing the quiet book pattern
I traced the simpler parts of the quiet book pattern on the fusible web’s backing paper. These patterns included the mouse’s body, arms and ears. I was careful to flip the patterns over while tracing their outline. Since these were easier shapes to cut, I used a pair of ordinary sharp scissors.
Taping the quiet book pattern
For finer details, I directly taped the quiet book patterns on to the felt and then cut them out. I used Scotch tape to do this and it worked perfectly as always.
For cutting out the HTV as well, I directly taped on the quiet book pattern and cut around the pieces. The tiny pieces of the mouses’s cheeks and eyes could have been tricky to cut out with ordinary sharp scissors. But my curved scissors made quick work of this too and I was done in no time.
Notice the mouse’s eyes. See the little holes inside the HTV? I made those using a handy spring-loaded hammer punch. You can do it too.; it’s really easy! I shall make a separate post about it soon.
Putting together your letter M quiet book page
Finally all the pieces of my quiet book pattern were ready to be put together!
Fusing the quiet book pattern parts
I first fused the mouse’s body and tail on to the quiet book page using a hot iron. I also fused the top layer of each ear and arm on to the bottom layer of felt.
Sewing the quiet book pattern parts
Next I took all of these to my sewing machine and did a tidy stitch all around. But I left the top of the arms and the bottom of the ears unstitched. I have a little old Brother LS14 sewing machine. It is cheap and basic but very good at what it does.
Then I used a needle to pass the extra thread lengths to the back of the sewn felt. I knotted off the threads and trimmed off the excess.
My stitch length was 7 on the sewing machine’s dial. This gave me enough control to turn my project through tight curves easily. Anything longer than 7 would have been trickier to maneuver around tight bends and curves.
Pressing the HTV bits of the cloth quiet book page
After this, I used my hot press to install the HTV details including the pink of the ears, the face and the cheeks.
Finishing off the quiet book mouse pattern
Finally, I trimmed out the ears and arms from their felt surround using my small sharp scissors. I put tiny dots where I wanted to place the ears and arms. And then I sewed these in place to create 3D tactile parts on the mouse.
Once again, I used a needle to pass the extra thread lengths to the back of the sewn felt. I knotted off the threads and trimmed off the excess.
So now the baby can move the ears and arms of the little mouse when he opens the book. Isn’t it cute?!
To download the free printable pdf of this adorable mouse, check out this page where I also talk about how I made the cheese and the felt letter M for this quiet book mouse and cheese page.
You can read all about how to make a quiet book here.