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:

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

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

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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. :)

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  5. 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.

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

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

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

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  9. 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!!

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  10. 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!

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

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  12. 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.

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

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  14. 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..

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

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

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

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

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  19. 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!!

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  20. 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)

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  21. 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.

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  22. 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!!)

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  23. Very charming and refreshing, nice job, Ann.

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  24. 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

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

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

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

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

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