I'm not exactly sure why, but I adore hand sewing felt. It seems that every year or so I find myself happily buried in a pile of felt and embroidery floss, working on a huge project. (You can see another of those projects--Ellie's felt food-- here, in a frighteningly old blog post.)
So, while Jason and I watched our current show in the evenings, or while I listened to audiobooks during quiet time in the afternoons, I stitched and stitched. The book was finished the evening of Elijah's birthday and we took it to church last Sunday. While it didn't solve all of our problems, it at least kept him busy for a few minutes.
Then he started trying to pull it apart. :)
Patterns I used:
Build a Monster
Do Some Laundry
Build an Ice Cream Cone
Let's Cook Breakfast
Forest Quiet Book Page
Cookie Shapes and Colors
Mr. Potato Head
There are many beautiful quiet book patterns out there. One of my favorite blogs for felt creation eye candy is Imagine Our Life. Absolutely gorgeous. Many of them were too complicated for the amount of time I was able to devote to this project, so I simplified many of these patterns for Elijah's book.
For the cover I stitched two 9x12" pieces of felt together using running stitch in many different colors of embroidery floss. I am quite smitten with how it turned out.