I recently realized that my preschooler has no clue what really goes on during church on Sundays. We’ve talked about bits and pieces here and there, but never really explained what is happening during each part of the service and why we do it. I’m not expecting him to become a liturgical fanatic at his age, but there’s a reason we do what we do and I wanted to find a fun way to help him (and, eventually, his younger sister) follow along during church. Enter the ever-useful “quiet book.” A friend of mine at church showed me this super cool Divine Service quiet book made by Rachel at Quiet Sunday (visit the Quiet Sunday Etsy shop here). I thought it would make a fun late-night sewing project (multiple nights, of course).
After probably 30 hours of cutting and sewing felt, embroidering by hand, and trying to fix my temperamental sewing machine, I finally finished my version of the quiet book, titled “My Church Book” (original, I know). The book walks them through the church service at our Lutheran church (LCMS), with interactive pages constructed of craft felt. I borrowed many page ideas from Rachel at Quiet Sunday (as noted under the pictures below). So far, the book has been a hit! There’s nothing quite like watching our son show the book to friends at church while explaining excitedly how Jesus washes our sins as white as snow, or how the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are three persons but one God. I hope to make a few more less-involved versions for gifts and maybe even for our church’s kid bags, but I had too many late nights making this one, so I’ll have to figure out how to scale it back a bit. That’s okay–crafting is my therapy!
I used 1.5″ loose-leaf binder rings to hold the felt pages (9″x9″ each), with two eyelets on each page to feed onto the rings. The binding inside the cover was created using the quiet book cover tutorial here, only I used two rings instead of three, and since I was using felt, I just top-stitched the two pieces of felt together and top-stitched a rectangular piece inside the binding to hold the rings. The page titles and some of the details are hand embroidered. Here are my pages: