A few notebooks

I’ve a bit of a stash of notebooks and these last few weeks I’ve been exploring a few different ways of making covers for them.  As well as  different styles and materials.

This one is a silver grey silk dupioni with it’s slightly slubby texture and nice sheen.

Applique and free motion embroidered butterfly notebook cover

All the fabric notebook covers I’ve been making are interlined with either a low loft fleece or a medium loft one.  My choice depended on the exterior fabric and what I was doing to it.

This butterfly obviously isn’t one you’re going to see when you’re out in the garden (Sorry!)  It is entirely fictitious.  The lower wings are a liberty tana lawn fabric which is brilliant to work with for applique, light but not flimsy and takes some quite intense stitching without seeming to sag under it all.

The upper wings are made from a ‘French Script’ printed linen fabric and you can just see some of the writing on one of the wings and the hints of roses on the other.  I loved how it turned out.

The cover unwrapped
The cover unwrapped

There are also ‘pockets’ which slip onto a notebook.  This one is a ruled A5 notebook. and are lined to give finished edges and a glimpse of pretty colour when it’s closed.

Undercover ... (actually the insides - but that was too much to resist)
Undercover … (actually the insides – but that was too much to resist)

I really enjoy making them particularly as they give a nice surface  for this type of appliqué.

A few more pictures….

This one is hand embroidered on a linen/cotton mix fabric.  It’s a pretty little daisy design interspersed with french knots.

Charming little daisies
Charming little daisies

And this one which is a simpler look in many ways with a fabric panel in grey showing the alphabet and stitched at the sides to make a feature of it.

Alphabet notebook cover
Alphabet notebook cover

They’re all A5 in size and come with a ruled notebook so you can get writing immediately.

Find them in my shop if you’re interested.


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