Sometimes people just have everything. Sometimes you want to make something a bit different to the norm... This is a gift that can be made any time of the year, but makes a wonderful Christmas gift for your favourite busy person or to your school teacher's. You can find loads of great fabric these days in the quilting section of your fabric store and ikea has some fabulous bold designs too.
I have used a diary with a flexible cover but you could cover a family cookbook, a ring binder, a bible, or maybe just an art book if you have someone who loves to draw.
I have also used a sewing machine, but don't fear if you don't have one there are some tips along the way that I will give you non-sewing machine owners so you can can still make them!
- Diary or book of choice
- Fabric try and stick with cotton but if you want to be daring you could try fur!
- Iron on interfacing (this is very inexpensive and can be purchased from your fabric store - measure your book and get enough off the roll to cover the book in.
- Lead pencil
If you don't have a sewing machine, add to this:
- Needle and cotton
- Hemming tape
Trace around your book onto the interacing and cut out.
Place the interfacing onto the wrong side (i.e. the other side that won't face outwards) and trace around the interfacing, sparing one inch at top and bottom and 5 inches either side.
Iron down the interfacing in the centre of the fabric. (interface shiny side down!) Then double over the edges twice to make a hem. If you're not using a sewing machine place hemming tape in between the hem and iron down.
With the sewing machine hem around all the edges. Turn your fabric interface side down and fold up the sides. Hem right on edge on each side.
Turn inside out and iron down flat. Slip your book in!