Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sew what?

I used to love to sew. I won't pretend that I am very good but I've always loved it. I haven't used my old Singer much in the last few years though. I couldn't resist a tutorial I saw on a blog recently, I had to give it a try.
Michael Creations made a fabric cover for a notebook or any book really. I used one of those black and white composition notebooks, which is what she used in the tutorial as well. She explains how to do the measurements for other size books. Mine may not be as good as hers, especially since I seem to have a problem with sewing in a straight line but I had fun. I think now that I did the first one I'll do a few more to give as gifts. Of course I'll choose other fabrics and maybe decorate them a little more.
Any way, this is the one I made. I've had this fabric sitting around for ages and finally used it for something.

This is the inside. The lining fabric is actually blue but it looks black in the picture. I guess that's what happens when you take pictures in the house at night.

29 comments:

Julie Harward said...

Very cute! It's such a great feeling to create isn't it?! :D

Helen said...

I like this idea for fabric don't ware out easily. But sewing is definitely a challenge for me.

Out on the prairie said...

You could really dress up a gift as a journal with that. Hey I feel good to do a button, but usually take it to my sewing lady.

Sandee said...

I think it's neat. I'm just not crafty. I try stuff but it turns out horrible, so I quit trying. I can do lots of other stuff, but crafts...no. I love see all the things you make.

Have a terrific day. My best to Duke. :)

Jean said...

Smiles!

Ann said...

julie it sure is. even if it doesn't come out looking perfect it's still fun

helen sometimes I do ok and other times not so much...lol

outontheprairie sure could and I'm thinking it would make great gifts for Christmas if I can get myself busy. wish I had a sewing lady, I like making things but don't enjoy fixing things :)

sandee some of my stuff turns out pretty horrible too

jean oh good, smiles, does that mean you're feeling much better now? I hope so.

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

I like your new background, but I'm not seeing any pictures in the posts. I'll try reloading

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

OK... they loaded- don't know what that was about. That's really cute- the fabric makes it.

LDH said...

Very nice! Looks like you still know what you are doing with a sewing machine!

the booker man said...

that's a really cute book cover, and you did a nice job! :)
i've always wanted to get a sewing machine and learn to sew, but i didn't realize how much sewing machines cost!!

Grace said...

That is very, very nifty! I saw an Etsy shop where the person is making iPad covers out of old men's suits. Actually you could make these in standard book sizes and they would be great gifts. So very nice!

tahtimbo said...

That's a great cover! I think that you are very good at sewing. Keep up the terrific work!

BeadedTail said...

I can't sew for nothing so think you did a great job! I really like the idea of the covers for notebooks too. It makes them feel more like a journal.

marie said...

Love this....especially because the cover can move from notebook to notebook. These will be great gifts!

Mansi said...

really like it....good idea od using fabric instead of paper...its more durable....but sewing???noooooo ....but you did a great job..i wish i could do that..

fullet said...

That's the best idea ever, Ann. I like so much the fabric, and your work is brilliant.

Russ said...

Well you got us around here. We don't even have a sewing machine in the house.

FishHawk said...

So? (Sorry, but I just had to.)

Donna said...

That's really cool Ann!
Wonder if you could dream up something for IPads?
hughugs

Audrey said...

That is so cool! Might have to try that myself - shouldn't be too difficult :)
I haven't used my sewing machine in ages, though I do think it needs a really good cleaning and "tune-up".
LOVE the fabric!!

Country Mouse Studio said...

love your fabric choice and how you finished it so much that now I want to sew something and I haven't done so in years :O)

Lenox Knits said...

How cute. Those would make great personal gifts. I'm really wishing I had a sewing machine with all these inspiring tutorials I've been seeing this week.

allotments4you said...

Hey this looks great...I remember when I was at school every year we had to start by covering all of our 'new yet used' books. I wish I had known about this back then...I could have made them once and then just transferred them every year saving time and effort...(notice I didn't say money there?? that's because we weren't exactly a rich family so my books always matched our houses walls..lol!!)

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Very charming and refreshing, nice job, Ann.

Ann said...

sharkbytes glad I loaded ok second time around

LDH well sometimes I know what I'm doing

the booker man mine was a gift from my aunt years and years ago.

grace so many options with this project

tahtimbo well i get by, I'm not pro that's for sure

beaded tail.my grandmother used to do a lot of sewing and I think that's where I got the thrill of it from

marie yes, reusable is perfect.

mansi much more durable

fullet why thank you

russ i only have one thanks to a very generous aunt :)

fishhwak I wouldn't expect it any other way from you :)

donna I bet an ipad wouldn't be much different from a notebook

audrey it really wasn't difficult at all and didn't take very long either. so many options too, you could add a strap for closing it, pockets, more decoration, the sky is the limit

country mouse studio it's been quite some time since I've done anything I may have to do more

lenox knits there are a ton of great tutorials out there. so many to choose from

allotments4you if I remember correctly after a year of those brown paper bag book covers they didn't look too good, I wonder how well these would hold up after a year of use

poetic shutterbug thanks

gayle said...

Looks great! I use to sew when I was younger but haven't used my sewing machine in years!!

Catherine said...

Well look at you ~ you crafty girl! Very nice.
xo Catherine

Ann said...

gayle, same here, I did a lot of it when my kids were little.

Ann said...

Catherine just another one of those things that keeps me out of trouble :)

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