I love composition books and I have written several tutorials for them. I use these cute covered books for everything: journals, notes, reminders, etc. Do you use a sewing journal? I am always writing patterns or changing existing patterns and I take notes as I go. This has totally saved me as I have all the notes in one place. Here is my current sewing journal – with only a few pages left in it:
This is an example of how fabulous my notes and sketches are 🙂 After I have all my notes and the project is finished, I type it up as a tutorial or pattern online. It’s time for a new composition and I’m feeling “whale-y!
This is the composition book I am using – make sure you measurements are 9 3/4″ x 7 1/2″
scraps of fabric
1/3 yard fabric for lining and flaps
spray n bond basting spray
You can create any design as long as it measures 16/5″ x 11″ when you are finished
Anchor fabric 3″ x 16.5″
pink accent fabric (2) 1.25″ x 16.5″
whale fabric 4.5″ x 16.5″
flower fabric 3″ x 16.5″
Piece them together in this order using 1/4″ seams:
Press the seams in one direction. Using basting spray or pins, baste the top to the batting. Quilt as desired. I quilted 1/4″ lines on both sides of the seams. Square up the batting after quilting.
Take the hair elastic and baste it 1/8″ in the center on the left side of the book cover. Like this:
For the lining, cut a piece 16.5″ x 11″
For the flaps cut (2) 11″ x 10″ and press in half
Lay them out like this:
Lay right sides together and pin all the way around. Sew using 1/2″ seam allowance leaving a 3″ opening at the bottom to turn.
Turn right side out and press. Top-stitch the opening closed.
Insert the composition book and mark where you want the button. Remove the book and sew the button on with a needle and thread – inside the flap. It’s hard to see my button because it is blue.
And you’re done!! Perfect gift for just about anyone!!