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Quiet Books for toddlers

nmog | Posted in General Discussion on

I am wanting to make a quiet book for my nephews and son.  I saw a book with a pattern for one, but it quickly sold out.  I want to put in a zipper, buttons, velcro, and snaps.  Any suggestions for other things to include?  I think the pattern I saw had 13 pages, and for the life of me I can’t figure out to do with the other 9.  Thanks for your help!



  1. FitnessNut | | #1

    The only thing that pops into my mind at the moment is parallel eyelets with a shoelace....you might want to permanently tack the shoelace in place at the end. That way the children can practice both threading the lace through the eyelets and learn to tie a bow.

    If I come up with any other bright ideas, I'll pass them on.


  2. sueb | | #2

    make one of the pages with the chalkboard fabric and attach a piece of chalk for the child to use, or put a pocket on the front to hold the chalk. 



  3. AmyC | | #3

    My son's busy book also has a backpack buckle to snap together.  You could have a page with put on a frog closure.  A few years ago, Threads had an intriguing article on cording...it had some attractive button and cord-loop closures in it..

    You could also make a page with a pocket, and put a stuffed animal (on a tether) inside. 

    Edited 4/1/2004 1:06 pm ET by Amy

    1. AmyC | | #4

      Some  more thoughts...  You could also have a belt buckle.. help them practice buckling..

      I've noticed that my son isn't very interested in the busy book we bought him at a yard sale.  He's disappointed that there's nothing inside those closures! You might want to put little surprises behind the closures - novelty fabrics, bells or little stuffed animals on strings, things like that..

      1. nmog | | #5

        Those are all great ideas. I wouldn't have thought of putting anything behind the closures, and the buckles would be easy to do, too. I'm off to the store to buy some 50% off notions, and I'll include those on my list. Thanks for the help!


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