Boy themed quiet book that made stunning handmade gift

PREVIEW: Find out what is hiding behind choice of making My quiet book with quiet book page ideas.

Quiet Books or Busy Books are great for children’s development and learning. Usually made of fabric, they are great toddler toy for places when child has to be quiet, like in an airplane, traveling by car, at the doctor’s office or at church.

Activity pages can provide hours of playing and exploring while learning and developing skills such as:

  • fine motor skills
  • gumption
  • spatial imagination
  • logical thinking
  • attention
  • mathematical and creative skills
  • diligence

The idea of activity pages also allow learning main colours, main geometrical shapes, figures and count.

quiet book cover

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My quiet book

My quiet book was driven by the passion. I wanted to make a perfect gift for my nephew’s second birthday.

When I started making it didn’t have any idea how it will go or where it’s gonna drive me. I was inspired by the idea of a toy that will provide diverse imaginative play,  as play mat would do. Toy to which you can add things, change toys and play with creative ideas.

I found many ideas on Pinterest, (you can follow my Quiet Book Board here)  but it was so hard to decide which pages to make. I wanted them all! Number of pages was increasing every day. I had to make a plan.

Related: Ultimate guide for quiet books plus free worksheet to plan quiet book.

And there was another obstacle. I had very old, outdated sewing machine that was borrowed and I had to return it back. Being on maternity leave that time and only on one income didn’t leave me much choices for buying new sewing machine. But you know that one:

Paulo Coelho quote


So yes, I found a hot deal for vintage style Singer sewing machine  that I fall in love instantly. Not that I’m vintage fan, but that style reminds me on an old, old  grandma’s sewing machine. If you remember foot powered machine that smelled to an oil and making cute rumbling noice, like an little choo choo train. It brings so many nice memories from my childhood… needles to say, new sewing machine become my new best friend.

But enough about my new love,  let’s get back to the quiet book.

It took almost two months for designing and making busy book,  mostly because I haven’t use any patterns so I had either make them by myself or just cut shapes from my head. It turned out that it goes great for me without patterns, that is how I get every book slightly different from the previous and by that unique.

When it was finaly done I had total of 16 beautiful activity pages as you can se below.

quiet book page car
Moving car and moving airplane will take him whenever he imagine.

quiet book memory gameFabric memory game on two pages in the middle of the book. Making this game in 18 pieces  was really time consuming.

quiet book piggy bankPiggy bank with secret pocket which never goes empty is my favourite activity page but also it was a hell of a work to discover how to make wallet work.

quiet book puzzle pageFour pieces puzzle car on velcro background and count activity book page with wooden beads.

quiet book page gone fishingGone fishing busy book page with magnet on fishing rod and little metal nuts inside the fishes. So fun even for me to play too.

shapesAs every little by loves tractors I couldn’t go without one. Wheels can go on and of to practice buttoning. To make it special I’ve put picture of him and grandpa inside. Combined with trailer turned out it was his favourite activity page.

That is how I found a great satisfaction telling stories through sewing activity books and start selling them on Etsy.

My work is driven with a passion. Every book have some special pages and every book is one of a kind.

Related: Farm Quiet Book

Hope you enjoyed my quiet book and before you take off,  have a moment and peek in to some other magnificent busy books I found on Etsy (click on each picture to se the details).




My quiet book that was first made as a birthday gift for toddler. Turned out I discovered my passion for sewing for kids. Click to get inspired and find more ides.







Lily Zunic

I believe every person is creative and every craft project is beautiful when you create for the journey of your heart.


  1. Talauna | 26th May 20

    Do you have the pattern for the quiet book?

    • Lily Zunic | 27th May 20

      Thank you Talauna for reading. I have several patterns with instructions for the baby and toddler books in my shop. Also, my Step by step guide includes 6 activity pages plus a letter template for cover page. I hope that helps.

  2. Karen | 10th Feb 17

    Just a hint, but I had a similar page as your plane and car on the ribbons, but wasn’t happy with it because of all the extra flexibility and ribbon twisting and movement when the book was closed. My daughter suggested putting the car and plane on stitched down zippers across the page. Perfect!!

    • Lily Zunic | 10th Feb 17

      Karen that is a great tip, thanks for sharing. I have had same problem with my firsts pages when using ribbon. I started to use sting for jewellery making which is thick and round, the only thing with that, I can not sew it but I have to use glue in a back to keep it in place. It is pretty tense and with string being round and smooth, car or plain slips very easily. But I have to say I like the idea your daughter came up. It is great for practice zipper close and open skills too.

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