Slumber Party Quiet Book Page
Posted by sarac on Friday, April 25th, 2014
Quiet Book Page Tutorial
It’s a slumber party!
Instructor: Sara Christensen from Flannel Queen.
Hello there, I’m Sara the Flannel Queen. Because I love working with flannel, today I’m showing you a very cute quiet book page made with … flannel! It has a cozy zipping slumber bag and a soft doll that fits inside.
Let’s get started!
- The paper pattern for the doll
- Flannel fabric pieces for the doll face, hair, dress, arms, legs
- Flannel fabric for the slumber bag
- Needle for hand stitching
- Coordinating thread
- Fabric marker if desired for doll face
- Ric rac for doll’s pony tails
- Polyester fiberfill for the doll stuffing
(I used flannel from the Riley Blake My Sunshine, Simply Sweet and Camp A Lot collections.)
Tips for working with flannel: Flannel frays at the edges a lot more than regular cotton. Because of this, be sure to use short stitches. Also, try not to handle the edges too much. If you find that your edges are fraying too much, zig zag stitch around the edges to provide extra reinforcement.
Page background: Cut a 10.5” square of the background fabric. This is the background of your quiet book page.
Cut a piece 6.5” x 7.25” (bottom of sleeping bag)
Cut a piece 7.5” x 7.25” (top of sleeping bag)
Take the bottom piece and iron all edges under ¼”
Stitch bottom piece to page background.
Shorten the zipper to 6.25” by carefully running a zig-zag stitch over the zipper teeth at the the 6.25" mark. Cut off the excess zipper about 1/4" below your zig-zag stitch.
Line zipper up (right side down) so the teeth are just past the edge of the SLEEPING BAG BOTTOM PIECE. Using your sewing machine’s zipper foot, stitch close to the teeth. When you get to the bottom, raise the presser foot, zip the zipper shut, lower the presser foot, and continue sewing. This will make it easier to sew to the end of the zipper.
Take the top piece and iron all 4 sides sides under ¼”.
Now stitch the top edge of the sleeping bag top (measures 7.5") about 1/8" from edge.
Fold the backing so the zipper is face up. Align one side of sleeping bag top to zipper with right sides facing. With zipper foot, stitch close to the zipper teeth. When you get to the bottom, raise the presser foot, zip the zipper shut, lower the presser foot, and continue sewing. This will make it easier to sew to the end of the zipper.
Working from the bottom, set the needle to furthest left position and top stitch zipper to top of blanket.
Line up the top side opposite the zipper with bottom, right-side facing up and stitch.
Pin the bottom edge down, making a pleat in the middle. Top stitch the bottom edge.
Cut 2 pieces 3” x 4”. Match them up, right sides together.
Sew right-sides together, leaving an inch opening on one of short ends. Cut off the corners.
Turn the pillow right-side out. Use a pointed object to make the corners fully square. A capped ballpoint pen works well.
Fill the pillow with fiberfill. Pin the pillow to the quiet book page, tucking the opening under so it will look nice when sewn down.
Sew the two short sides of the pillow to the quiet book page.
Cut out all doll pieces according to the pattern.
Pin the hair to the face and stitch ¼” from the bottom edge of hair. This will hold the hair in place until the doll is sewn together.
Using a fabric marker or hand-stitching, draw or stitch the doll’s face. I used a fabric marker for the eyes and hand-stitched the mouth.
Take the ric rac and arrange 3 small pieces on each side of the doll’s head for the pony tails. The actual pony tail you will see sticking out of the doll need to be laying inward, toward the center of the face for this part of the process (see picture). Sew the pony tails onto the head.
Take the face piece and one of the dress pieces. Sew right-sides together at the neck. Take the back head piece and the other dress piece. Sew right-sides together at the neck.
Take 2 hand pieces, stitch right-sides together, leaving an opening where the hand will be attached to the body. Around the curved edge, clip the seams perpendicular to the stitching. Repeat this for the other hand.
Take 2 leg pieces, stitch right-sides together, leaving an opening where the leg will be attached to the body. Around the curved edge, clip the seams perpendicular to the stitching. Repeat this for the other leg.
Stuff the hands and legs with fiberfill.
Lay the hands and legs onto the back doll piece. The hands and legs should face toward the center of the doll. Sew the hands and legs on with a nice sturdy zig zag stitch.
With the arms and legs tucked in to the center of the doll, pin the front doll piece to the back doll piece, right-sides together. Sew around the doll, leaving the bottom edge open. You will hand-stitch it later.
Around the curved edges, clip the seams perpendicular to the stitching.
Turn the doll right-side out. Stuff the doll with fiberfill.
Hand-stitch the bottom of the doll shut.
I hope you enjoy this project!