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Notebook covers

I needed to prettify some notebooks so I used some fabric and sewed them up. I did not use a pattern, but I used the notebook to fit it.

1) Tear strips of 45″ wide fabric the height of the note book plus two to three inches.
2) Fold the salvage edge to the wrong side of the fabric and stitch down.


3) Use the notebook and wrap the fabric around it how you’d like it to fit, pin. If you’re using a binder withe the rings on the center, wrap your fabric wrong side out so your pins are where they need to be to just sew them together. If your rings are on the back of the binder, wrap with your fabric right side out, pin, and then mark the pins so you can take them out and turn the fabric to wrong sides together and pin again.

4) Clip the center panel seam allowance nearly to the stitch line.

5) Sew your seam, folding the center clipped seam allowance to the wrong side.

6) Clip corners, turn to right side, top stitch as close to seam as possible.

7) Turn wrong side out and cut the seam allowance as close to seam as possible.
8) Repeat steps 3 – 7 with bottom.

To add a vinyl label pocket:
1) Cut vinyl. Be sure to allow 1/4 inch on three sides for stitching.
2) Measure or use a template and measure up from the bottom to place your vinyl.
3) Use painters tape to tape three sides down on fabric. I taped it down while on the notebook because I thought it was easier and more accurate. Remove the cover from the notebook again.

4) Tape along the edge of the vinyl the side you are stitching so the presser foot will not stick. Alternatively, tape the bottom of the presser foot! (Hindsight is great!)
5) Stitch, being careful to not sew through both layers of your cover. I used an invisible hem stitch. As you turn each corner, pause to reposition the tape to just the edge of the vinyl (or remove completely if you taped your presser foot).
6) Pull thread ends to back, tie off, and clip.
7) Put your cover on your notebook!

Check out the finished notebooks here!

UPDATE: Only use the vinyl along the spine – it sticks to itself on the bookshelf or in stacks and makes it a pain putting them back on the shelf!


Robin’s mobile

With Robin in the NICU, I needed something to do with my hands. And, since he was going to spend a lot of time in bed, I decided to make him a mobile to look at. I looked for ideas and developed my own pattern for the bird bodies, then I looked at photos of real native birds and simplified them. Right now they are taped on ugly sticks, but when we go home I’ll put them on some cantilevered branches. Here is one of the birds (the Western Meadowlark):

Brief update!

Since my Epic Summer Cross Country Train Trip, I have finished a few projects – the two most important being my wedding and delivering our baby via c-section.  Here is a quick photo survey of some of the other projects:

2011 Time Travelers Ball Figurehead decoration (pre-paint)


Still RepRap-ing!

Welp, I’ve been devoting most of my time recently to the RepRap.  Have I shared that webpage, yet?  Here it is (again?):  prototype 3d printer.

I’ve also been procrastinating by steam cleaning most surfaces in my house and creating a spreadsheet of my patterns which is accessible through an app on my phone and google docs.  The app on my phone includes a photo of the cover, so I can look for what I want on my phone and not have to dig through all my patterns … although the patterns aren’t in any sort of order (YET!!) so, there will be digging happening anyway.  But I could do that at the store before I bought more, so that’s awesome.

Oh … and I should admit, despite how much I’d rather not: spending lots and lots of time playing Animal Crossing.  I never realized there were so many ways to organize and sort things in this game!! I’ve almost earned a “Perfect Town” status and then I’m cutting down trees and replanting based on value and proximity to the store …   Hrumph, excuse me! I’m getting a bit too excited about that.

I’ve had an order for two pairs of footies so I will work on those this Friday and I’ve decided to just sew up all the rest of the fleece I have into random sizes.  Any extra fleece will become hats and scarves for gifts or cheap sale in my Etsy store.  And then NO MORE.  Unless its for friends.

Getting that link reminds me how far away I’ve gotten from the original point of that store … all I’m doing now is trying to sell the random stuff I make and I need to actually work on a crazy motorized costume!!

Two quickies!

I have a baby shower to go to tomorrow, so I whipped up some new height charts. Lighting is bad, so it’s hard to see that the colors are dark brown and fuchsia.

And, we’ve been wanting curtains, so I utilitarianly sewed up some expanses of purple faux suede and hung them up.

all told: an hour and a half!

20110218 Caitlin’s flower

This was the coolest thing I did for Caitlin’s wedding – her hair piece.  We bought lots of fun ribbon from the Button Emporium and Ribbonry in Portland (I don’t think their webpage conveys how awesome their store is!).  Here’s a photo summary of what I did:

Piecing and edging the crinoline:

The first petals which I didn’t like:

The next petals I did like:

Sewn to crinoline with some central petals:

Nearly done – organza added to outside edge and the final central ribbon has been picked:


It’s arrived! 10/09/10

Warren and I went to Vancouver on the 6th and I bought this lovely industrial brother serger – what a great deal! And I made a good contact.  Ryan seemed to be both knowledgeable and personable … he said he may be able to help me fix or replace the motor in my Elna!

So here’s the serger all threaded and ready to go!

Now I need to cut out a bunch of footed pjs, get more thread, and get goin! 😀    It has made my Craft Room Optimization Operation more challenging, though.  That and the treadle table!  Not much room to move, anymore… (imagine the treadle table between the serger and the white table.)

In unrelated news, I have collected the pieces I need to hack my servo for continuous rotation. Now I just need some time to fire up the soldering gun and do the hacking!