- Purchase a spiral sketch book with a rigid front and back cover. Mine came from Jerry’s Art-O-Rama in Raleigh. You can also find them at office supply and craft stores.
- Cut a rectangle of heavy fabric for the cover–I used a quilted decorator sample from Durham’s Scrap Exchange
- Zig-zag edges. Go around at least twice using button-hole like stitches.
- Embellish with appliques. On my project, a scrap of 1950s tablecloth, a purchased rose applique, and a title printed from my computer. (I used Photoshop Elements–the type style is “jewels”. But you can also use your word processor program and pick a nice type). I sewed the paper right to the fabric.
- Overlay, not a critical step, but I like to layer. A sheer from a vintage dress creates a nice texture over much of the collage. I did a little freestyle stitching to anchor it down.
- I finished with another rose applique, then glued the entire piece to the front of my sketch book, using TACKY SPRAY. Look for it at your Craft store–comes in a gold can.
- You don’t have to decorate any pages inside the book, but I thought it would be nice to challenge my young student, plus I was having lots of fun creating the book by now. More tacky spray and computer-printed, torn paper on page one. The title page uses a sketch from a fashion house pattern ( I found bunches of these at my local hospice sale) and a couple of fabric samples.
Glue, fabric, text–this is a project that you could even do without a sewing machine. All you really need is a sketch book and a good idea.