I’ve been so super busy between work and starting Jax’s Halloween costume, plus starting to get ready for our California trip in two weeks. I’ve also sewn a bunch of his quiet book pages into their final double-sided pages with grommets. So much to do! But today I got another page done at last!
I love the beads-on-a-string style counting pages that are common in quiet books, and when I came across these ocean life beads in the kids’ craft aisle of Joanns, I knew I had my theme.
It’s a pretty simple page in terms of cutting and sewing because the beads are so crazy.
Here’s what I used: aqua felt background, felt (in natural, lime, yellow, hot pink, blue, orange, purple and browns), blue ribbon, ocean beads and embroidery thread to match.
I started by sewing down the sand. My page is 9″ wide. If yours is different, you’ll need to adjust the sand pattern accordingly. You can totally just freehand it!
I sewed down all the numbers then went back with pale blue floss and did a stem stitch border around them to make them pop.
On the coral, I made large French knots randomly all over instead of sewing it down normally. For the plant, I stitch down the center of each leaf. I sewed down the starfish, then cut out some pebble shapes in tan and brown and sewed them on.
For the counting beads, I used 3 lengths of ribbon. I would sew down one end, add the beads and sew down the other end. I also sewed the ribbons into separate sections so they didn’t droop. I then cut out some bubble shapes and sewed them down over all the ribbon stitching.
All done! I think Jax is going to love this page because he gets so excited when he sees these beads.
What do you think? If you use this pattern, leave me a comment with a link so I can check your version out!
I love this and hope to use this pattern. Do you have any tips for securing these so that the beads can’t be pulled off. I love your patterns and thank you for sharing them!
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I just sewed the heck out of those ribbons… The felt would rip before my stitching! I plan to check it before and a free playtime to make sure there is no wear, though. Just use your best judgement. Some babies would be more determined than others to try to get those beads in their mouths. Jax is pretty good at what he is and isn’t allow to chomp on. 🙂
I’d love to see you finished pages!
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Hi! I tried to post this on your facebook page but I’m not sure if it worked. I created my own version of your page and linked back to you on our blog!
Thank you so much! LOVE all your designs!
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I can’t seem to find the plastic ocean/ fish beads.
Do you know where I could by some?
Thanks. I adore your patterns. Going to have
Making pages for my grandson!