Monday, August 29, 2011

Sew and Tell: fabric scrap journal



This little graph paper notebook was leftover from the back-to-school supplies. It turned out to be the wrong size. Not the right size for a chemistry class but at 5” x 8” it’s perfect for jotting down project ideas, sketches and notes.

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I had bookmarked this project from Oh Hello Friend  – a cute Washi Tape notebook. And since my little orphan notebook needed some sprucing up, I decided to adapt this project and use fabric strips.

I first covered the notebook in plain fabric and fringed the edge. I glued the fabric onto the notebook and then trimmed it to size. I find this is much easier than trying to cut a piece of fabric to size and then gluing it on.

I used fabric strips from vintage pieces that I had. The above cross stitch fabric is the edge of a stained tablecloth.

This fabric is from a pillow case.

Another beautiful vintage tablecloth.

I left the first piece of fabric long to act as a bookmark and also added a strip of black and white ribbon for an additional bookmark.

My new idea book – ready to be filled with inspiration.


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18 comments:

  1. Very very lovely. You have beautifully combined colors and materials. What kind of glue did you use?

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  2. so cool idea thank u for sharing

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  3. This is great. I especially love the longer piece of fabric to act as a bookmark. Good idea.

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  4. HOW BEAUTIFUL, Carolyn!! Now that I'm not having my link-up party anymore, I have to come over and see what you're up to! I wanted to feature you every single week! Love the things you do. XO

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  5. I love how it turned out! JUST BEAUTIFUL!!!!! I've only done this with scrap book paper, and it didn't really hold up to the wear and tear of my notebook! :) So fabric is a great idea!

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  6. love it! looks so refreshing and peaceful.....thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling sunday!

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  7. That is such a great idea! Might have to try this on my sketchbooks; I've got tonnes of fabric scraps that would be perfect for this!
    I've nominated you for the versatile blogger award. Please check out this post about it on my blog! http://unfortunatelyoh.blogspot.com/2011/08/versatile-blogger-award.html

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  8. Hi Carolyn! It's such a lovely notebook, I love all of your fabric choices...

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  9. So pretty! Think I'll have to attempt this! :-)

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  10. This wonderful post totally contributed to the blog party's success! Thanks for linking up at Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

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  11. Another beautiful project! Thank you for sharing. :)

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  12. Beautiful! I love all of the different fabrics you used!

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  13. Beautiful! The book itself is inspiring.

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  14. You did a great job covering those books. My husband has so many of those for school. Hmmm . . .
    This idea would also be super cute for my toddler.


    I am having a FABRIC GIVEAWAY starting tomorrow (9th-15th), so this is IDEAL for anyone who wants to try this! And for free!

    owensolivia.blogspot.com

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  15. Love your blog! Thanks for sharing.

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  16. I tried this with patchwork fabric and Modge Podge. The fabric lost its softness. I assume I am using the wrong glue? HELP Please?

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  17. Hi Nomes,
    I used Aleene's Tacky Glue - it's an all purpose craft glue. I'm sure there are special fabric glues you can find also. I pour a small amount onto a plate and use a flat paint brush to spread it onto the notebook. Mod Podge will work but will stiffen your fabric. Good luck.
    Carolyn - homework
    PS - your profile is set to "no reply" on comments so I hope you find your way back to this answer.

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  18. Thanks Carolyn, I will have a look for a specific fabric glue and give it another go. Will have to find how to change my settings...

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