Quiet Riot: A Roller Derby Quiet Book

I’ve had this idea in my head for a really long time, but I finally got around to making it. Undoubtedly because I live, eat, and breathe skating at the moment due to my Fresh Meat status. Also because I want to teach my little girl early that not all heroes are Disney princesses. This is my first attempt at a quiet book. I was inspired after seeing the amazing work of Julie Gillrie.  My book pales in comparison to her gorgeous hand-stitching and detail, but I had so much fun making it anyway. Without further ado…


First is the dress-up page. The skate bag unzips to reveal skates (my favorite part), two different outfits, and two helmet/hair combinations.


Next you can buckle the helmet and velcro on the mouthguard, then tie the skate laces.The sparkly part of the helmet came from an old dress which never fit me. The buckle portion is a dog collar which never fit my dog.

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This is my favorite page, without a doubt! It took FOREVER, but it was so worth it. The dolls were made from some wooden clothespin things I bought at Hobby Lobby. They were too long, so I ended up having to saw a few inches from each of them. Then I painted on uniforms, referee shirts, smiles, and tiny little skates. I added some embroidery floss for hair. The helmets are little wood caps which also came from Hobby Lobby. I painted pivot stripes and jammer stars too. I attached some velcro to the feet of each doll so they could stand upright and move around the track.



These pages are a nod to the officials. The ref’s arms articulate so you can signal penalties, etc. Then you can time the skater’s penalty on the stopwatch.


“Cutting! Major!” I got one of those last night!


Yay! We won! Now you receive fives from your adoring fans and un-velcro a sweet MVP award (complete with an old bearing) that you can wear.


Emmie’s been having a great time playing with everything already!



46 thoughts on “Quiet Riot: A Roller Derby Quiet Book

  1. since my father invented Roller Derby, I claim this is the best possible use of the game…..I absolutely love what you have done, and I am sharing it on my pages!

  2. I love your creativity and your courage. I’ve been wanting to make a Quiet Book but have been intimidated by the perfection of the ones I’ve seen. Yours is so much better than perfect … it’s REAL!!

  3. I don’t think you should sell the pattern, I think you should sell the book – the whole concept. It’s timely and authentic. Could be made similar to Pat the Bunny books. Love.

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  5. I could use a book like this. I joined a team in Norway a week ago, and I love it! Thank you for the extra inspiration to keep going.

  6. That is seriously one of the cutest things I have ever seen. It takes a lot of skill and creativity to make something that amazing! Love it! Have you thought about selling them?

    • Thanks so much! I would love to sell them if it didn’t take so long to make! I’d have to charge more than anyone would want to pay. I’m working on getting a pattern together though!

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