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Quiet book

I made a quiet book for my daughter and entered it in Spoonflower’s baby book contest. Click on any image to see it larger.

Cover (not included in the kit; I used denim and embroidered the words)

Barn and tent

Barn: the revised version — V2 — is a bit taller to better hold finger puppets

Tent — V2 is taller to allow for more zipping

Braid and woven pie — Now, a real lattice-top pie lets you see some of the filling.  Feel free to put fewer (or thinner) crust pieces on yours.  In V2 the braid girl has legs. Here she has tiny embroidered feet.

I stitched the hair on with embroidery floss, and then knotted several strands over the stitches. 


Shoe and tree — for V2 I trimmed down the shoe top to allow for more lacing room and moved the basket a little higher on the page.

Apples in basket — I think I need to pound the snaps down a bit more — they seem a bit bulky.

Instructions (included in the kit, but may be more easily revised here):

To finish each page:
1) Add your own pocket at lower edge of hay (at beige dots) to hold your own finger puppets (cow, pig, chicken, etc). Add felt barn doors at each side.
2) Add 5 snaps to tree. Use template to add basket at dots. Use template to cut out felt apples; add snaps.
3) Add long yarn “hair” to the head. Add ribbons at top and/or bottom of page to hold small hair clips.
4) Attach vertical and horizontal felt strips to the pie at small guidelines at top (blue) and left (beige).  Or use thinner strips for a more realistic look.
5) Fuse shoe top to interfacing. Cut holes at green dots; reinforce. Sew to shoe over tongue. Add shoelace.
6) Add tent with zipper down the center.

General instructions:
Seam allowance is the 1/2-inch shaded area (pink, blue and green); cut to the outside to make 3 double pages.
Complete pages as above. Sew a heavy cover fabric (9” x 12”) to one of the pieces, right sides facing, leaving space to turn. Sew other two completed page spreads together, likewise.
Turn all right side out, and top stitch all the way around. Stitch book together through center of page spreads.

Thanks to the internet, including and

Thanks for checking it out!  View fabric at Spoonflower.

Water spout from milk jug

The bottom of the jug fits over the faucet. The former handle is now the extended spout.

I joined Pinterest recently.  I was inspired by several posts describing creative uses for milk jugs.  I tried out a few ideas I saw — a sturdy lidded box (like for sandwiches), a scoop which doubles as a bath-toy holder, and a just plain box (great for holding rocks).  I also saw a great little plastic water spout to help little kids wash their hands (I am linking because it really does look like a nice product).  One night the two concepts combined in my mind, and I decided to make my own spout out of a milk jug.  Here’s what I did.

First, clean your milk jug, and empty it out well.  This may seem obvious, but as you’re cutting up your milk jug and turning it this way and that, dumping sour milk on yourself is more likely than you may think.

Next, start cutting right about where the top of the handle meets the top of the jug.  Veer away from the handle quickly, heading for the vertical edges to each side.  Cut all the way down to the bottom of the jug, and then cut the diagonal line on the bottom of your jug, connecting those two corners.

Little hands can reach the water.

Then, cut through the handle at an angle (see picture) and trim the top portion of the jug above the handle.

Bring the spout to your sink, and figure out where you want it to rest.  Cut through the bottom of the jug in an asterisk (*) fashion, creating a space for the faucet to poke through.  You may want to cut off a few of the points a little bit if there doesn’t seem to be enough room for the faucet.  Play around with it!  You may also decide to cut down the sides somewhat.  Test it out with your particular desired water flow.


“I can do it myself.”

Passover Haggadah

I revised our Passover Haggadah this year, and I want to share it with you. It’s traditional in some ways (includes all the parts of the Seder; some Hebrew is included, with transliteration) but also liberal (includes orange on the Seder plate; gender-neutral language for God; Miriam’s Cup; no designated “Leader”).

It prints up on 7 pieces of letter-size paper. First, print Hagaddah-first. Then, WITHOUT changing the page order, simply insert the pages into the printer tray, (with the blank side ready to be printed), and print Hagaddah-second.  It should work!

Then fold in half, wrap with a piece of card stock, and sew it all up (or staple).  Perhaps add some text to the cover or a colorful photograph or magazine picture.

Let me know if you use it!

Alphabet Applique Quilt Tutorial

Stay tuned for pictures and more complete instructions.  Steps so far:

Audition fonts and choose the font (I chose one similar to Futura).

Figure out the block dimensions.  To end up with a toddler-bed quilt size I chose a finished alphabet block size of 5.25″ x 8.25″.  I will have 30 blocks: the English alphabet plus 4 animals.

Print the letters out on scratch paper so they will fit comfortably on a square. 

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