Last year my friend Heather from The Sewing Loft asked me to sew something for her 'Sew My Stash' Challenge and the day has come for me to finally share it.
I love to have little sketchbooks or art journals handy for when inspiration strikes, so that's what I decided to make. These little journals are so pretty that I'm sure they will inspire me all by themselves. Read on for a tutorial so you can make your own.
First Heather sent out these adorable little kits with a handful of supplies that were to be the subject of our challenge. She was charging only the cost of shipping and they sold out super fast so I'm sorry to say that if you didn't already get one then it's too late.
When I got my kit I initially thought that I would make something with the zipper (I love zipper pouches).Bbut then when I reached for my huge sketch notebook I remembered again how much I wanted a little sketch notebook (small enough to stash in my purse for on the go). So the project turned into two smaller art journals.
From the 'Sew My Stash' challenge kit, I used both fat quarters (pictured above), the heavy duty yellow thread, the white velvet ribbon, and three little butterfly embellishments. From my own stash I used 5 sheets of sketch paper (torn from my big sketchbook) and a some fast2fuse interfacing for each sketchbook. The fast2fuse is a thick double sided fusible interfacing that you can find at Hobby Lobby and probably other places. My package was 'craft size' 15''x18''.
First you'll cut a piece of fast2fuse the same size as your paper (or a bit larger) for the cover.
My sheet of fast2fuse was folded in quarters in the package, which was just perfect for two art journals. I cut it in two along the horizontal line. Then laying my (already center-creased) paper along the vertical line, I trimmed the sides to match my paper. Then I decided to make my paper smaller than the cover so I trimmed about 1/8'' off of each edge of my paper.
Sandwich the two fast2fuse cover pieces between the wrong sides of your fabric and press to fuse. I found that my two covers fit perfectly between the two fat quarters.
Cut around the fast2fuse pieces to separate them and remove any extra fabric. This is both my covers. They are the same, with the AMH butterfly print on one side and the yellow on the other.
Here's the heavy duty yellow thread.
Sew with a wide zig-zag stitch around the edges of your covers. This is decorative and it will keep the cover together in case the fabric decides to un-fuse from the interfacing.
If you want to add any embellishments, now's the time. On one of my covers I added the velvet ribbon for a tie. On the other one I sewed three little butterflies.
Once your covers are embellished, lay the paper inside with the crease in your paper along the center of the cover. Use a long stitch and your heavy thread to slowly sew along the binding.
I was sewing through 5 sheets of paper and the cover on my older (not my favorite) sewing machine. If you are worried about putting your sewing machine through this job, consider hand-sewing the binding or punching holes and weaving ribbon through it.
Once your paper is secured, you're done!