How was your Saturday?? Mine was very productive and fun! Playing with beautiful printed fabrics is what I love^_^
There are so many lovely fabrics out there, don't you just love all the colours and fun prints?
I DO!!! My favourite way to sew with them is patchwork and quilting, they look amazing, the more different patterns the better.
I made this patchwork neck pillow a while ago:
These fabrics come from various Tilda's collections, they are so pretty! My pillow is super comfy and I use it all the time. If you want to sew your own you can purchase my PDF pattern and instructions here.
And today I was working on a super sweet notebook/ book cover and I will share the tutorial with you. Give it a go, it's so much fun! And the book looks a lot better!^_^
I want to fill it in with all my creative ideas!
BOOK COVER TUTORIALYou will need:
-scraps of various fabrics
-lining fabric ( I used cotton)
-light weight wadding
- 2.5 cm wide bias binding
-self- healing mat
-3 ribbons of different colours
First measure you book/notebook:
Add 3 cm (that will be your seam allowance). Mine measures 36 cm x 24.5 cm (incl seam allowance).
Now determine how many patchwork squares you will need. I am using 5 x 5 cm square template to cut mine and I would need 60 pieces.
And here the fun part starts.. Be bold and choose fabrics with lots of different prints and colours.
I use a rotary cutter and a self-healing mat as this way you can cut more than one square at a time and they are more accurate but you could also use scissors.
Lay out your fabric squares. Place them in a desired pattern, label them so you remember the order later on.
You will also need to cut a piece of wadding and a lining fabric using your notebook measurements (incl 1.5 cm seam allowance), cut 2 flaps too- the same length as the lining and for the width - a bit more that a quarter of the lining's width.
|All the pieces|
Sew the squares together to form rows using a 1 cm seam allowance. Press each row when
finished to the same side:
Stitch all the rows together and press.
Neaten flaps' outside edge with a zig zag stitch, turn under 1 cm to the wrong side, press and stitch. I used a decorative stitch for that:
I hand printed a small design on one of the flaps in advance:
Lie the fabrics right sides facing together and stitch the flaps on the patchwork piece:
I wanted to add heart appliques on the cover front:
Turn it inside out, sandwich the wadding and stitch all the way around.
Almost ready!^_^ Stitch 2 zig zag lines down the center.
Stitch on the ribbons right in the center, cut them all a bit longer than your notebook length. I cut mine in various lengths:
Now we are going to hide these horrible raw edges by adding bias binding:
I wanted to add small hearts on to the ribbons...
For that you need to cut 3 pairs of hearts in different colours and 3 wadding to go inside of each- if you want them to be a bit puffed. Stitch with a zig zag in a contrasting thread.
And... It's done!! Congratulations!
And with the notebook:
Let me know if you try to make your own cover and if you do I hope you have as much fun as I did! Oh and please share, I would love to see what you come up with.