Covered Diary

On twitter recently (you can follow me @TeaCaroline) I've been joining in with the #craftblogclub meet up on Tuesdays between 7-8pm It's the brainchild of Emma at Life is Peachy  and is a way to meet with other craft bloggers and discover new crafty blogs.

The #craftblogclub challenge for September was to cover a notebook. I love a challenge and it's refreshing to make something in response to a 'brief' as it were. 

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I decided I would cover my school diary. I use it a lot but it's boring and plain. All the notebooks I actually use are already pretty because I have a slight stationery addiction. I also wanted to make the cover removeable so I could reuse it again for next year's diary or for another book of the same size .

Ten minutes spent googling tutorials and I had a rough idea of what I wanted to do. Then I just went for it. I used some calico left over from this DIY tent project and I used this amazing stamp purchased from Tigerlilly Quinn - total bargain, I love this thing (thanks Fritha!).

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I stamped the calico randomly with Staz On ink and left it to dry. I then searched through my fabric off cuts and came up with a neutral hued circle print scrap. In hindsight I would have made the flaps which wrap around the diary cover wider. The ones I made are perfectly functional but deeper ones would have showed off more of the print. A couple of bits of elastic and I was sorted. I sewed the layers together - leaving a small gap and then turned inside out and top stitched.  

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I'm chuffed with the result and my little crafting heart is thrilled with the options now opened up for me in the world of book covering! I could personalise fabric with for the recipient with stamps, or use a quote or sentiment. You don't need a lot of fabric so this would be great for using up bits and pieces. 


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