Table of Contents
- Making patterns for your space rocket quiet book page
- Cutting out the rocket ship quiet book page patterns
- Pacing yourself while making a quiet book
- Preparing to cut the space activity quiet book materials
- Cutting the rocket busy book page materials
- Putting together the space activity busy book page
I had been meaning to make a space rocket quiet book page for a while now. But quiet book patterns can seem daunting sometimes if you are just setting out making a busy book. What I’ve realized though is that once you decide to put a pencil to paper, quiet book patterns turn out to be far easier than you ever thought. In this series of posts, I am sharing with you how I got confident designing my own quiet book patterns. And how you can do this very easily too!
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 let me share with you how I created this adorable rocket ship quiet book page.
Making patterns for your space rocket 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 a space activity busy book page, I first created its quiet book pattern on Inkscape. Here’s how I did it.
Narrowing down the letter R quiet book ideas
First I looked around on the internet for different letter R busy book ideas; there were quite a few! After searching through images for a while, I realized that I wanted to make a space related quiet book page. So I narrowed down my search to images of rocket ships. Google images was the best tool in helping me find what I was looking for.
Hand drawing the space rocket quiet book patterns
I studied the images of all the rocket ships I liked and then did a rough sketch of the kind of space 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 peek-a-book activity page. I thought an alien would look cute sitting inside a rocket ship so I dug up images of space aliens. Finally, I made a rough doodle of the kind of rocket ship I wanted to create.
It was important to keep these doodles as simple and easy as possible. Therefore my space rocket is mostly a set of simple lines and curves put together. Besides, my doodles did not have to be perfect; just enough to get me going on Inkscape. Once my sketches were complete, I scanned them into the computer.
Creating the space rocket quiet book page on Inkscape
I imported my scanned rocket ship and alien sketch into Inkscape and traced it to create a vector image. You too can learn how to do this on Youtube at this link. I made sure to scale everything down to the relevant size of my quiet book pages. And just like that, one of the letter R ideas had been converted into a quiet book pattern.
I saved my space quiet book pattern as a pdf file and printed it out on my home printer.
Cutting out the rocket ship quiet book page 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 alien’s head and eyes as smoothly as possible. These scissors would also work beautifully on the HTV (heat transfer vinyl) that I would need to cut later.
I also used small sharp scissors to cut the other details of the quiet book pattern such as the trims on the rocket. But for the simpler lines of the space rocket quiet book template, I just used a regular pair of sharp scissors. It took some time cutting out all the little shapes. But with a little patience, I was all done. It wasn’t hard at all.
Pacing yourself while making a quiet book
It is important to pace yourself when you are making a quiet book. I have learned this from experience. 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 rocket ship 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 space activity quiet book materials
You always need to prepare the 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 would help to read these first so you know what other preparations you might need to make before cutting out the quiet book parts.
To make this cute space activity busy book page, I used the following materials:
- Stiffened felt fabric in four different colours: speckled grey, pink, blue and green. These were all high quality 20% wool mix felt pieces. I heat pressed fusible web behind all the felt pieces and now they were ready to be traced and cut.
- A piece of clear PVC fabric/sheet to make the space rocket’s window.
- Heat transfer vinyl (HTV) in four different colours: red, blue, black and sparkly rainbow.
Cutting the rocket busy book page materials
Now it was time to cut out all the felt and HTV pieces that I needed for my space rocket quiet book page.
Tracing parts of the rocket busy book patterns
I traced the simpler parts of the space quiet book page patterns on the fusible web’s backing paper. This mainly included the shape of the rocket ship. And since this was an easy shape to cut, I used a simple pair of sharp scissors. I cut out two shapes of the space rocket. A third one would follow later.
I used my sharp curved tool (that kinda looks like a dentist’s hook) to score the paper at the back. Then I carefully peeled off the backing paper from the fusible web.
Taping the rocket quiet book patterns
For cutting out the more intricate shapes, I taped the pattern directly on to the materials to cut. There were quite a few of these, both in felt as well as HTV. So I directly taped on the quiet book pattern and cut around the piece.
My curved scissors made quick work of cutting out of the aliens’ eyes and mouth. (However as you will see, I ended up not using the HTV mouth after all). My regular sharp scissors worked beautifully in cutting out the clean lines on the HTV strips and felt trims for the rocket.
Putting together the space activity busy book page
Finally most of the pieces of my space rocket quiet book page were ready to be put together! However there would be some more cutting to do as we shall see below.
Sewing down the felt layers on your space activity quiet book page
I started off by first sewing down the first layer of the space rocket, the alien, along with the felt trims on the rocket. First I took a hot iron and fused everything down. Then I did a simple straight stitch all along the edge of each shape.
While my stitch length was 7 for most of the sewing, I did switch all the way down to a stitch length of 6 to sew the tiny intricate shapes of the alien form.
It was important to do this initial bit of sewing now because I did not want the HTV in the alien’s eyes to have needle marks!
Pressing the HTV bits on the space quiet book page
Now the alien could get his eyes. I placed the black eye cut-outs on the alien’s head and the rainbow glitter HTV in place for the space ship’s flaming tail. At this point the alien looked good without a mouth so I decided not to use the mouth cut-out that I had so painstakingly cut.
And on top of the second rocket cut out, I heat pressed the red and blue trims.
Creating the space rocket door
I needed to make a door with a window for the alien to look out from. For this, I took one rocket shape cut-out (the one with the red and blue HTV trims). Next, I peeled away the backing paper on its back and used it as a see-through template to make the window. In order to do this, I first placed the transparent paper template on top of the alien. I used an oval-shaped cutting die to trace exactly where I had to make the window.
I then placed this template on top of the felt door and cut out a neat oval by running it through my Cuttlebug die cutter.
I also die-cut another oval in the second felt sheet. Now I took a small piece of PVC clear plastic sheeting and covered the oval hole on the wrong side of the felt. I then sandwiched the PVC plastic between the two layers of felt.
I basted this roughly in place and then did a careful straight stitch all along the edge as well as all around the oval window.
Once done, I knotted and snipped off the extra thread; I also trimmed all around the rocket shape to get rid of the extra felt. Finally, I used a hot iron to carefully fuse the two layers of felt together. I was super careful to keep the iron away from the PVC plastic. The rocket door was ready to be installed.
Sewing the door on the rocket quiet book page
I used the straightest edge of the rocket, which was the bottom left side, to make a hinge on the ‘door’. This is where I ran a sturdy straight stitch multiple times up and down to secure the door to the rocket. My space rocket quiet book page was finally complete!
You can read all about how to make a quiet book here.
I hope this has given you some ideas about how to approach your next quiet book project. I have yet to add the letters of the alphabet along with beads and other trims to all the pages here. Stay tuned to see how they turn out.