A couple of years ago, we made these camping themed quiet book pages for Riley Blake’s blog. Since they have redesigned their website, the tutorial is not available anymore, so we thought it would be a fun idea to re-post the tutorial here for your reference!
Our quiet book pages today are a fun camping scene, with a bird in a nest, flowers, and a camper in a tent. We used fabric from Riley Blake’s “Scenic Route” fabric line. The buttons, ric rac, and cording are all from Riley Blake’s Sew Together line of trims and buttons. Let’s get started, shall we?
Here are the supplies you will need to get started:
-Printable PDF Pattern Pieces: lets go camping pattern pieces page 1 & lets go camping pattern pieces page 2
-10.5″x10.5″ square of fabric (one for each page)
-Green solid fabric and green ric-rac for trees
-Brown fabrics for tree trunk and bird nest
-Blue fabric, yellow felt, and white cording for bird
-Yellow buttons, green ric rac, and orange and blue fabrics for flowers
-Orange fabric and blue buttons for tent
-Blue felt, cream fabric, and embroidery floss in red, yellow, and black for camper
-Fusible adhesive (like Heat’n Bond lite *affiliate link*) and fusible fleece interfacing
1. Cut two 10.5 x 10.5 pieces for page backgrounds.
(Optional: Press fusible fleece or stabilizer to the back of each page.)
-Tree top: Cut out from green fabric using pattern. Press curved side under ¼” and line raw edges up with the top left corner. Place green ric rac under the curved edge so that half of it shows. Pin in place and topstitch the curved side, securing tree and ric rac. Sew 1/8” along raw edges of corner to secure.
-Bird: Cut 2 bird bodies from blue fabric and cut bird beak and 2 wings from yellow felt. Stitch wings in place. Place beak and 4” cording in the seam of the bird, where marked on the pattern. With right sides facing, sew pieces together, leaving a 1” opening.
-Nest pocket: Cut nest shape on the fold from brown fabric. Fold in half with right sides together. Sew around the curved part, leaving a 1” opening. Turn right side out and press. Place cording from the bird under the bottom of the pocket and pin. Topstitch or zigzag the pocket to the tree along the curved edge with 1/8” seam, securing cord and closing opening at the same time.
Cut 3” squares of orange and 2 different blue fabrics, and 3 pieces of fusible fleece. Press the fleece to each fabric square.
-Optional (as shown in photo below): Cut another 3” square of each flower fabric and press to Heat’n Bond lite. Remove paper and press to the back of the squares with the fleece interfacing. This will make a double fabric-sided flower.
Trace flower shapes onto the fabric squares. Topstitch 1/8” – ¼” inside shapes all the way around each flower. Sew a 1″ buttonhole in the center of each flower. Trim each flower around the traced shape.
-Trees: Cut three pieces of green fabric 4.5” x 6”. Cut 3 coordinating double-sided fusible shapes slightly smaller. Trace the evergreen tree shapes onto the paper backing and cut three tree shapes. Peel paper backing, and place center tree on page center 4.25” from bottom of page.
Cut tent shape on the fold from orange fabric and cut a piece of fusible fleece not on the fold. Press fleece to one side. Place raw ends of cording in each top corner of the fold side of the tent. Fold the tent, right sides together, and sew leaving a small opening for turning.
Camper: Using the circle pattern, make a perfect circle head from cream fabric. The tutorial for the perfect circle can be found here on our blog. Cut a 2” x 2 ¾” rectangle from blue wool felt for the sleeping bag. Position bag and head under the ten flap and pin in place.