I took out a small piece of fabric this week and did some simple surface design work. I left some blank spaces so that I could add a bit of hand stitching. I have several small notebooks (4 1/2″ x 3 1/4″) in my stash that need a nice cover for them and, frankly, I needed to do some stitching. This project would be small and satisfying.
I used the techniques shared by Carol Ann Waugh in her Craftsy class called Stupendous Stitching. (You can see the first project I completed from Carol’s class here. It’s been a book that I go back to again and again now — I wouldn’t be without it.) The lavender and blue batik led the way for selecting coordinating threads and other items for decorating and finishing the project. Here’s the first cover completed.
I use elastic as the closure for these small covers since they are intended to be carried in a purse. I also stick to embellishments that will lay flat on the surface of the fabric and will be less inclined to catch on other items carried in the same container.
You can see earlier posts about creating notebook covers for large and small notebooks by clicking on the notebook/notebook cover category to the right.
Time to complete the other three covers.