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Studio Sunday

So between chores and some gardening today I managed to do some sewing. Not all of it was the most fun as an increasing pile of repairs and alterations seem to be appearing. These are not tasks I would say I was proficient at but I can make a reasonable job of them. So I have made some shorts more slimline, put a zip in some men's shorts, added poppers to a dress that gapes and repaired a doll with facial injuries!!

I even managed to do some gardening as the recent rain had turned it into a wilderness. Here is a lovely garden ornament which was a gift from my students.


So, I also finished attaching a small embroidery to a book cover and thought I would talk you through some ways to do it.

Firstly measure your book across the width, across the spine and across the back - then add sufficient for the two turn in flaps (front and back). I like to make them a generous turn so you can tuck notes, postcards etc inside the flap.

Then measure from top to bottom and add an extra 2 inches.


Cut your chosen fabric to these measurements and either a fabric lining or some felt for cushioning. I backed my fabric with some interfacing to stabilise it. Trim your chosen embroidery and position to the centre front. Add a dab of glue stick behind to keep it in place. Now wrap the cover around the book and check that everything fits and is aligned.





Now to the sewing machine and stitch all around the patch with a close zig-

zag (small stitch length /wide width) or one of your decorative stitches if you have them. On this sample I used a buttonhole stitch. Stitch all around the patch.


Now put together with the lining fabric and pin. Close zig-zag down the two short sides, the inner flaps.


Then fit on your book again and adjust so all the ends line up and it fits fairly snugly. Pin in place.






Now use your close zig-zag to go along the long edges securing the flaps in place as you go. I take the stitch to its widest setting at this point. You may need to go over this again if it looks patchy.


An alternative is to bind the edges with bias binding, the binding needs to be at least 1 1/2" wide.





Here are the two different edge finishes. The one on the right has some lettering machine embroidered underneath the picture.


I also stitched in some ribbons to the

spine to use as bookmarks.






Here are some of the stunning book covers created by my students. beautiful!


The design is a wooden printing block by Block Craft, stamped with acrylic paint.


I hope you have fun creating yours.


I will be back soon with the trials and tribulations of smocking a Christening dress!


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