Good morning! Happy Monday! I am so excited to share this awesome fabric quiet book my mom made my son. My mom has had this Vogue pattern since before I was born! She originally bought it to make the quiet book for me and my sister but never had the chance. Thirty years later and the book has finally been made! It turned out so cute! My mom did a great job and the background fabrics she chose are so bright and cheery – it gave the book a really nice up-to-date feeling!
The pattern, originally from 1978, features lots of animals with different quiet activities – perfect for little ones to work on their fine motor skills. Buttons, zippers, snaps, buckles, braids, bows – they are all so fun! This project was in no way a fast project, as my mom would be quick to tell you! Each page had applique work and hand sewing. You can really see the love put into this book on each page. I know both my kiddos are going to love playing with this and I hope to keep all the parts together so we can pass it down to a new generation of little ones.
Besides purchasing the background fabrics, all of the other fabrics came from my mom’s stash and my own. Between the two of us we tried to find lots of different textures, including leather, fur, fleece, silk, sequin fabric, and suede. Each page has an activity as well as touchy-feely fabrics.
A little joey pops out of the kangaroo’s pocket! Using a pattern that is over 30 years old proved a little tricky at times. There were several notions it called for that we had the hardest time finding. The kangaroo called for a 1/2″ self-cover buckle, which was really hard to locate! We found a few online, but with shipping they were pricey. On a trip to Joann’s, my mom found the perfect buckle that didn’t need to be covered at all!
The lion is one of my favorites, though to be fair, I love them all!
I love the way the book came together and I love its backstory in our family. I’m happy my mom could finally check this off her “to-craft” list, even if it took a little longer than she’d expected!! The pattern is still available for purchase online, if you do a quick Google search of “Vogue Pattern 1959 It’s A Zoo”.
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For the background pages my mom used Fleurish by Maria Kalinowski for Kanvas Studio. You can purchase it from CarolinaCottonCo on Etsy by the yard or I have found it on Amazon, sold in a jellyroll and as a 10″x 10″ stack.
For the cover pages and elephants roller skates, my mom used “Art Class” designed by Greta Lynn for Kanvas Studio in Artist Dot White/Multi. I haven’t found this for sale online, but this link from Fabric.com may be useful.