A while ago, I came across a tutorial on the wonder that is the world wide web to make covers for notebooks and it's been on my to-do list for a long time. You can find it here if you fancy it. I keep a little folder full of print-outs of things I will (one day) get round to making.
First up, I used a patchworked fabric I made a while back for a project from Amy Butler's book "In Stitches". My patchworked fabric is made from some stunning Kaffe Fassett fabrics and I remember it took me an age to make at the time. It was probably one of the first things I made when I got back into sewing. Now the patchworked fabric is made, it is fab because it's just ready for me to cut to the right size and off I go with whatever project I fancy. In this case, the notebook, obviously. I used some of the fancy stitches on my machine to jazz it up a bit.
That one is A5 sized and I then made it an A6 sized friend. For that one, I used a pretty spotty button (a recent fortuitous find at my local sewing shop) and some pink elastic to fashion a closure.
The interior pockets of each one are in a complimentary fabric; some plain, some gingham, some spotty.
In the mood for new things, I then remembered the tutorial Kitschen Pink did recently for crazy patchwork and so off I set patchworking, well, rather crazily...
I love how this one has turned out. I also loved patchworking crazily, it's quite liberating, none of that precision and measuring that "non-crazy" (sensible? normal?) patchworking requires. Obviously, it is in my trademark fave pinky duck eggy colours so I decided, what the heck, to throw all caution to the wind and make this little number too...
If you just wanted to make plain ones, they'd be very quick to whip up but I enjoy all the faffy patchworky stuff, not to mention choosing ribbons and buttons, oh yes! I think they look very cute and I don't think I've yet made enough to cure this current obsession. I've got some spotty ones (inspired by the pillowcase project in Cath K's book "Make") in the pipeline...
Depending on what other obsessions I have in the meantime, these may well make it to my stall. Yes, stall, I say, for I have taken the plunge and am having a stall of my very own (well, the Munchkin thinks it's also his?) at the next Vintage & Handmade Fair in Chipping Sodbury in May. I'm extremely over excited - and only 6 months to go!
On another note (ha ha haaaaa), thank you to Pixiedust for this award she recently gave me, or rather to my blog...
I'm passing this on to:
Vintage, Pretty & Shabby
This Vintage Life
Links to all these fabby blogs in my sidebar on the right.
I was recently tagged by Josie-Mary to reveal all sorts of things, but always in lots of 7, so here goes...
7 Things to do before I die (there's a cheery thought)
-Go to the Maldives
-Make a big patchwork quilt
-Learn to Knit
-Lose weight and be thin again (forever) (whilst simultaneously being able to eat anything I choose, obviously)
-Go up in a hot air balloon
-Have a litter of kittens (my cat, I mean!)
7 Things I do now
-Read loads of magazines
-Eat lots of chocolate
-Drive (just about)
-Blog (too much)
7 Things I can't do (feeling inadequate now...)
-Ride a bike
-Sleep without ear plugs in
-Say no to chocolate
-Straighten my left elbow
-Put my cat on a diet (it's just fur!)
7 Things I find attractive in the opposite sex (I find it easier to say what I don't...)
-The ability to make decisions (can any men do this???)
-Sleeping quietly on their own side of the bed
-A healthy bank balance (it is bottom of the list!)
7 Things I say most often
-It has to be mine
-I'm not being funny but...
-You're a beast
-Switch the light off
-Take your shoes off
-Is there any more chocolate?
7 Celebs I most Admire
Not really into celeb admiration but I do like:
-Catherine Zeta Jones
7 Favourite Foods (Only 7?)
-Scallops...I've lost count...
Crikey, how time flies! I must be off to pick up the small person. Have a go at the "7 quiz" if you fancy, it's quite fun...