NOTEBOOK COVER (Recipes or whatever)

I love notebooks.

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I’ll walk through stores, especially office supply, and see a notebook display and have to get over there to check them out.  I have them all over the house and I buy them just because.  You would think, being who I am, that I would have a notebook designated to each set of ideas, i.e., recipes, quilts, bags, embroidery, etc.  Nooooo-they are all mixed up, but oh well, it doesn’t matter.  Anyway, I was playing with one of Kimberbell Designs “Fun With Fringe” and decided to cover a notebook with the Christmas design and make it a collection of Christmas recipes.  I dug through my “notebooks” and found one that I had not yet scribbled in

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I measured the cover.  It was 7” x 9 ½”, so I popped up the 5” x 7” hoop in the IQ designer of my Baby Lock Destiny II and started laying out what I wanted on the cover.  Once I was happy with the design, I placed two sheets of The Embroidery Store’s fusible no show mesh in the hoop for stabilizer along with a red tea towel and stitched out my design horizontally on the width of the towel.  Follow me while I make the cover:

My full notebook measured 9 ½” x 14”.  The towel measured approximately 18” x 28”.  When I stitched out the design, I placed it as close to the hem as I could without stitching my design on the hem itself.

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 I removed the hem from the opposite end of the towel. 

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Fold the towel in on itself so the design is close to the folded edge.  This will be on the spine of the notebook.   I then brought the cut edge under the hem of the towel.  Since my notebook top is 7” wide, I then measured 9 ½” from the fold and cut off the excess towel.  (photos 660 and 661)

When you open out the fold you will have two pieces. 

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Overlap the folded edge over the cut edge of the smaller piece placing a length of jumbo rick rack in between and stitch on the folded edge. 

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Press both raw edges in ½” and stitch.  I decided to put buttons on the rick rack for a little more interest.  I used different sized buttons, because I had them.  

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Find center of your embroidery design and mark center on the back of the towel.  I used a chalk-o-liner for ease of removal.   My notebook is 9/12” tall so I measured 5” to each side of my center mark.  

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Then cut 1” beyond those lines. 

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Place right side up and fold in finished sides until it measures the width of your notebook (14”).   

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Stitch the four corners so the inside measurement is slightly larger than the length of your notebook.  My notebook is 9 ½” so I sewed mine 9 ¾”, but it is a tight fit, so I would recommend  10”. 

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Trim the four corners as shown. 

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Turn right side out and press the long raw edges in.  It should be about a 1” fold.  Carefully stitch the raw edge down being careful not to stitch into the folded sides.  Stitch a length of ribbon to the top inside center for a bookmark and you are finished.  

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Insert your note book and you have a great gift either for yourself or someone else.  Wouldn’t this be great as a shower gift with some your favorite recipes?  Or change up your design and words on the front, and use it for quilt ideas, or wherever your imagination goes.  I hope you enjoy this.

Night Before Christmas by OESD
 

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018