I just made a composition book cover for my sewing journal. Yes, it may be a little girly and silly, but I’m keepin’ it fun – how I want sewing to be!
And what is a sewing journal, you ask? I’ll share that nugget with ya later
UPDATE: check out my post How to Make Sewing Journal [Printable Worksheet]
I’ve been wanting to try freehand machine embroidery for a long time, and I had a blast coming up with a Cinderella theme. Using a coloring page as inspiration, I went through my stash of fabric scraps and enjoyed the rush that comes with the flow of creativity.
I randomly pieced together my favorite shades of blue and teal from my scrap bin and fused some interfacing to the back. Using a coloring page as a guide, I traced the design onto some fabric scraps with a FriXion gel pen (see My Tools page), then cut them out about 1/4 inch from the lines. Then I layered them on, and stitched on the lines. The FriXion pen markings erase with your iron, people! You are welcome.
Sketching with thread could be addicting… The stitches don’t have to be perfect to still look good.
I thought I should share what Cinderella was thinking, maybe a thought bubble. So I googled Cinderella quotes and hoped to somehow infuse sewing into it.
The song she sang…. Sew This Is Love! Now I’ve got the song stuck in my head.
My embroidery skills? Not that great. So I printed out the phrase using a font that had the most straight lines possible. I initially thought the font should be script to go along with a princess-y theme, but the the simple straight font goes more with the modern aesthetic of the patchwork background. Score.
Using my comp book cover pattern found in the Spring 2013 issue of Stitch Craft Create, I whipped up the cover. How perfect is the scissors fabric for a sewing journal? It’s from Moda Fabrics Half Moon line.
I even attached a label to the back pocket flap. To make your own label, check out my post How to Make a Label – a Sewing Project Roundup. I chose to make a label using grosgrain ribbon and iron-on transfer paper.
And here’s the back. Can you tell I like blue and teal?
The last step: topstitching around all the edges. A slow go of it, a size 12 Sharp needle, and a stitch length of 6 worked out just fine.
— Angela Bowman (@angelabdotme) March 20, 2013