Tuesday, June 5, 2012

pirate quiet book - the finished product

Here's the full, complete, finished book!

For the cover, I used some of the borders and the shark from the fabric that inspired the book.

Pages 1 and 2

All the little pirates in the boat on the first page are individual pieces that you can move throughout the story.  And the boat is a big pocket so they can all fit inside.

Pages 3 and 4

The sail goes up and down
This was a little tricky for me to figure out how to make it work - but I decided the easiest/best way was to sew button holes at the top and bottom of the mast, and put a loop of twine through.  It's long enough that it's just a big circle - it goes all the way across the back of the mast on the back side of the page.  Then I attached the twine to the top of the sail, and attached the bottom of the sail to the page, so it would just move up and down along the mast.

This is one of my favorite pages in the book.  The little fish are made of felt, and have little magnets glued to the back.  There are also magnets attached under the waves so they'll stay in the water.  The net is made of a piece of tulle, and I just sewed it on kind of like a little pocket.  I sewed the back part on first, then the top over it, but pulled the sides in just a little bit so it would stick up and be easier to put the fish in.

Pages 5 and 6

For the steering wheel on page 5, I cut out an extra wheel from the fabric, and attached a stiff interfacing to the back to make it stronger.  Then I used a snap to attach it to the page and make it able to turn.  I just sewed one half of the snap onto the page, and the other onto the wheel.
The boat on page six is a pocket, so the anchor can go in and out of the boat.  And you can put the pirates in the boat.  There's also a magnet in the waves to hold the anchor in place once you "drop anchor."

Pages 7 and 8

The treasure map!  You can move the pirates along the path to find the treasure.

Pages 9 and 10

They find the treasure!

The lid lifts up to show the jewels and gold coins in the treasure chest.  A magnet holds it closed.

And the coins are numbered to help with counting!

Well, there you have it friends.  The quiet book that took 8 months to finish!  But I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, and that I actually finished the project!  It was a lot of work, but hopefully Jack will actually like the book (and not just destroy it!) so it will all be worth it.


  1. Amazing and so cute! Glad you finally finished it.

  2. What a great idea, to use fabric for inspiration. I am so going to try this.