Thursday, 2 April 2015

creating a fabric covered notebook

*All crafts - C/O Sykes Cottages

I have another crafty post for you today, this time a fabric notebook. Like the candles I was really pleased with how this turned out as I'm not very good at this sort of thing, but it's definitely given me confidence to try and make other items in the future. As you can see the kit is by Kirstie Allsopp and the fabrics included are soooo cute it took me a while to choose which one I wanted to use, I opted for this floral one! Now, let me tell you how to make your own.

What your kit will include:
Printed fabric panel
Grosgrain ribbon
A5 notebook with expandable inner pocket
100% polyester thread & needle
Printed, unbleached calico fabric

Extra things you will need:
Fabric scissors
Tape measure / Ruler

001: Cut out your chosen fabric
002: Hem all the edges, to do this fold the top and bottom edges over about 5mm so the wrong sides are touching. Then iron in place. Fold over another 10mm and pin in place, iron flat - final height should be 220mm for the A5 notebook.
003: Sew a straight line along all of the hems.
004: Lay the fabric flat, face down on work surface and place your open notebook on top. Check the notebook is centred to the pattern.
005: Fold the two side edges of the fabric over the inside covers, then carefully remove the notebook leaving the folded edges in place and sew along the top and bottom edge of both flaps to create pockets.
006: Slip notebook inside and embellish if you wish!

Some of those instructions went straight over my head at first but once I started doing it and concentrated, all was good. I felt a great sense of achievement after making this and I'm determined to make more as gifts for people :)

What do you think?

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