I didn't show all of the animals - that would have been a lot. But where you see the giraffe's head poking out, that's where the large pocket begins. I traced the top of Noah's ark, the clouds, rainbow, and dove onto one sheet of the pellon (#70 because I couldn't find #65) and then on a separate sheet of pellon, I traced the bottom half of the ark and I traced the waves separately from the bottom of the ark. I then had my mom sew around the edges (but not the top) of the ark and then she sewed on the waves. *I can't sew to save my life, so the rest of the book was done with Liquid Stitch fabric glue.*
All of the heads are interchangable. I just traced the bodies onto the pellon and traced the heads on a separate piece of pellon, cut them out and attached them with velcro. My son loves this page the most - he thinks it's hilarious.
The bees are from President Hinckley's 6 Be's (bees) lol. Okay, so I traced the hive onto the pellon, colored it in, wrote the Be's on there. Then I traced the bees on another sheet of pellon and affixed them with velcro. They are moveable.
The cookie monster cookie jar page is from the Sesame Street coloring book my son has, so I traced the image, cut a slit in the cookie jar with an exacto knife, glued a square of pellon onto the back of the page to make a pocket for the cookies to go into. Then I traced a lot of cookies onto the pellon, used a small hole punch to make 2 holes (one on each side) in the cookie - that way my son could thread them on a shoe string (like above). The cookies store nicely in the pocket.
For this I traced Elmo (from the Sesame Street coloring book) onto the page of pellon. I then traced some clothing onto another sheet of pellon, colored them, and cut them out. They are not affixed with velcro, but you could do that if you wanted to. I just store them in a little pencil bag that goes into the 3 ring binders.
For the Jesus Said Love Everyone page, I traced Jesus onto the pellon and colored. Then I drew the outline of the world. I then traced the world onto a different piece of pellon, colored it, cut it in half and my mom sewed it onto the page with Jesus on it. I then traced and colored the pictures of the people - front and back. I then glued the edges to make finger puppets. I would suggest leaving a thicker line of pellon on the edges of the thinner finger people because it's hard to shove a finger in them. They store inside the world (but we usually put them in the pencil bag we put Elmo's clothes in).
This double page for the Word of Wisdom is pretty easy to make. I traced the boys's head onto a page of pellon, colored it and cut a slit in the top of the mouth. I glued a larger square of pellon on the back of it to create a pocket for the foods to go into. I then traced, colored, cut out and glued the foods onto another piece of pellon to make them stronger. I then cut them out again and they were ready to go. On the next page I used a blank page of pellon. On another page, I traced the trash can, colored it and affixed the edges (except the top) to the page. I affixed the lid of the trash can with velcro so it can be removed. I made a wavey table cloth type thing for the bottom and it holds all of the foods for easy storage. It says "Good Foods" on it. I made sure to also make a bottle of Alcohol, a pack of Cigarettes and a cup of coffee to go into the trash can. I made the good foods have smiley faces and the bad things frowny faces.
We then have our family tree with our apples affixed with velcro. I just drew the tree and grass onto the page and colored it. I traced out the apples on another piece of pellon and glued our pictures to it. I made sure to leave room for any future additions to the family.
On "The People I Love" page - still a work in progress - we used just a plain sheet of pellon with the title on there. On another sheet I drew many different size hearts and glued them together in family clusters. I then glued them onto another piece of pellon for strength and cut it out. They are attached by velcro. My little guy LOVES to look at picutres of the family, so that's why I've been making this page.
I drew the alphabet onto a sheet of pellon, colored them, cut them out, and traced them onto another sheet of pellon. I used the black paint to make an outline where the letters should go and used velcro to affix the colorful letters to the white pellon where they belong. My 2 year old doesn't know the alphabet yet, but he knows that he should put them where they belong. It's a good learning tool.
Some pages that will be in the works as my kiddos get older will be one where they learn to tell time, learn how to tie shoes, learn the prophets, learn the books in the OT, NT, and BOM. I am also hoping to include more BOM stories in there, but it's hard to find clip art that would work well.
I have gotten most of my clip art from either my Primary Partners Clip Art disk or from random places on the internet. How I trace things onto the pellon is by putting the pellon over top of the page I printed from the computer or removed from the coloring book, then I place it on my clear plastic cutting board, balance it on my knees and shine our desk lamp up from the floor. It is then back-lit and so much easier to trace it that way. I use a pencil to trace, then I outline it with black fabric paint. The fabric paint I use is Scribbles 3D fabric paint. I don't need the 3D effect (and it's a little tacky (like sticky) if it's still thick) so I use a paintbrush or the tip of the paint bottle to make it thin and to cover the fabric. Plus, those are really cheap. I found them on sale for 49 cents each at Jo-Anns. I only needed 1 of most of the colors I used except for the green, black, and brown. For the fabric glue I used Liquid Stitch that I got from Jo-Anns. I used the #70 pellon because they didn't have #65, which is what most quiet books use and recommend. I definitely wouldn't go with #60 becuase it's pretty flimsy and you want the pellon to be a bit stiffer than that. It is all washable (unless you add things that aren't) so that's definitely a plus. I use a 3 ring binder, so I needed to get the 1/4 inch eyelets. To get the pages goether, I punched a hole where they eyelets needed to go, put them in, and then I glued the pages together with the Liquid Stitch. They can be sewn together, but I was just lazy. lol.
If you can think it, you can put it in there. I know most quiet books have only church type things in there, but I know my son and I know how much he loves Elmo, so that's why we have him and Cookie Monster in there. It's all about what keeps them quiet and entertained during church. You can always do a search for LDS Clip Art, Clip Art, LDS Quiet Books, and stuff like that to get ideas. I found some great kits that people are selling, but the patterns themselves cost upwards of $25.00, which is too much - considering you have to still buy all the stuff to make it. That's why I did mine the poor woman's way - DIY. You can look at those sites to get some ideas though, which is what it's all about anyway. So, Hopefully this helped someone get their creative juices flowing. I wish I had someone to help me from wandering blindly through it, but it turned out alright in the end. It only took me 3 evenings of work (hubby watched the boys) plus nap times and it was finished (except that one page I'm still trying to finish). Good luck - hope that helped.