It is the time of year for turning out wee gifts. Because the recpients of these do not read this blog, I can show you some I made at the weekend. Last summer I acquired several blank notebooks. I say ‘acquired’ — what I really mean is that in a moment of mild insanity I bought twelve of ’em. Clearly the combination of the words ‘stationery’ and ‘sale’ has a rather odd effect on me….but these were notebooks of a pleasing size and excellent quality. They also possessed unpleasant vinyl covers, which was obviously why they weren’t selling. Anyway, I have been making lovely new fabric covers for them and can now show them to you in their much improved, vinyl-free incarnations. The covers are based on Tania Ho’s simple pattern in Anna Torborg’s Crafter’s Companion. I like that book for many reasons and particularly enjoyed it’s discussion and photography of different crafting workspaces.
Anyway, a book cover was the perfect use for this tasty scrap of fabric:
I just love those little birds. I also used up the last of my scraps of red and orange silk. These made a super-luxe cover, but then I got over-excited and attempted to embellish it with a fab print of some ladies in 1920s cloches and coats having what seems to be a delightful time:
Machine applique is not my strongest point…and boy did that silk want to pucker up. I have almost managed to convince myself that the quality of the fabric makes up for the deficiencies in execution….
But my favourite cover is this one:
I’m such a sucker for Amy Butler.
Heres a shot of the silky interior. You can see what satisfyingly solid notebooks they are. Buying twelve wasn’t bonkers at all now. . . was it?
perfect end to a perfect day [ and I just love that bird fabric on the back ]
Delish! The Amy Butler one is my fave too- but it’s a close call. Those notebooks were a very wise purchase indeed
Just found your wonderful blog via ravelry. Beautiful projects, beautiful photos, beautifully written. Shall be reading regularly from now on.
Oh WOW the last one is my fave as well, très Japanese!
These are beautiful, especially that Amy Butler one!
That bird-laden fabric is completely gorgeous! Where is it from? I may have to cover every surface of my house with it.