Today is the big day…my first time in a blog hop ! Please bear with me…
Mission was to “Think Christmas and make a 6 1/2 “ block….the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of Christmas is “ Believe”…..Believe in Santa, Believe in the Good Will in Men …Believe in Peace….Believe in the Magic of Christmas….Believe !
So I decided not to make your tradition quilting block since I didn’t want another block in my UFO box…I wanted to turn the block into something …but what ?? After a bit of head scratching I decided on a …. book cover !
Here is my “Believe” book cover !
This was super easy to make…here's a small tutorial for you … This is for an 5 3/4” x 8 1/4 “ notebook ( German size A3).
You’ll Need :
- 1 - A5 Notebook
- 6 1/2” square for Embroidery
- Fabric A - 1 pc 7 1/2 “ x 9 1/ 2” for back of cover & 2 pcs 2 “ x 6 1/2 “ strips for front
- 2 pcs 7” x 9 1/2” for inner flaps
- Fabric B - 1 pcs 9 1/2” x 13 1/4” inside of cover
- thin iron batting H630 - 8 1/2 “ x 12 1/5 “
- 2 pcs thin iron-on interfacing 2 3/4” x 9”
- Rick Rack, felt , trim, bell & DMC floss
Download the Block HERE!
(if anyone has any trouble downloading the pattern…email me and I will send it to you …I’m new at this stuff !)
** all Seam allowances are 1/4” unless otherwise noted **
Trace word onto block ….Embroider the block …I used 3 strands of DMC floss.
Add fabric to top & bottom of block ( 2” x 6 1/2 “)
Sew back fabric to front ( 7 1/2 x 9 1/2)
Apply a thin iron on batting to back of top piece –….this adds body to the cover. I used H630 …cut smaller ( 8 1/2 “ x 12 1/2” ) so that there is no batting in the seam allowances …reduces bulk
Sew Rick rack around edge….or not ?!
Attach hat to Stitchery and stitch gold running stitch around block …the reason I do this at this point and not earlier is that I can better place the hat & the running stitch once the pieces are sewn
Cut 2 pieces 7 “ x 9 1/2”
Iron a medium interfacing to half of the flap only ! Fold flap in half ( wrong sides together)
Attach a flap to each side of the inner fabric
…if you wish to add a ribbon for a bookmarker…do it now ( I forgot and had to open a seam to slide mine in) Place both pieces right sides together …sew all around- leave an opening for turning. Clip corners
Turn right side out …iron … embellish …hand stich opening closed…
Insert book and “ta-ta” finished !!!
I hope I wrote the tutorial without any mistakes…first time doing this and I can tell you is not easy…my hat off to all the bloggers that offer up free tutorials…I am going to appreciate them even more now!
P.S. This can be made using any kind of fabric…makes great quick gifts!
P.S.S. If you make one… I would love to see a picture of a finished piece.
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