Have you ever wondered what would happen if you had these fun, seemingly disparate items and had the opportunity to make whatever you wanted with it? Let’s say we start with stencils from StencilGirl.
Thenadd black, white, and natural Kraftex by C&T Publishing and make some magic happen. Kraftex is a craft fabric paper that is sturdy, can be stitched, washed, drawn on, painted on, oh! the possibilities are endless.
Now, what to do? Thinking! Thinking! Imagine smoke billowing from each ear as the ideas run into the burning flame of creativity. Each one good: a quilt, a stitch book, a tote bag, a purse, a zipper bag for carrying pencils. See what we mean here Q-bies, endless possibilities. Oh how to decide.
So the quilter wants to make a stitchy design book because why not? So I pick a size that seems oddly familiar 7” x 9” the size of Generation Q Magazine. Using the rotary cutter and a 6” x 24” ruler the pages are cut and set aside until they’re needed. One sheet is cut at 7” x 18” (width of Kraftex). Using the Pounce marking powder and the top stencil I mark the 7” x 18” sheet, add a layer of batting, and start stitching. I opt not to use a backing as I have plans to stitch a plain piece of Kraftex later.
Yanno how life sometimes gets in the way? It didn’t take long to abandon that stitching, it’ll be used for another project, some day, maybe. Oh heck, it’s going to sit in that “someday” pile of stuff and never get used. But please, let’s keep that between us. mmmmkay
So with plan one fully abandoned what to do what to do? Oh I’ll make a sketch book, because, yeah, that’s easy. But first let me make a zippered pouch to carry color pencils or pens for drawing, change, metrocard, or some other kind fun stuff.
A quilter’s gotta dance in the rain so a little tracing with a sharpie made quick work of the cover. For the sky and quote color pencils worked just dandy.
Arranging the pages took a little bit of thought only to figure out exactly where to stitch in the zipper pouch. Decision made it would go between the last two pages. Next decision, how to hold the pages together while I stitched them together. Wonder Clips to the rescue!
Oh but wait! There’s some faux suede over there, why yes that’ll do the trick and make a great binding for the sketchbook. A quick work of stay stitching will assure the suede won’t fray and give a wee bit of a decorative look.
Breathe deeply and start stitching.
Stitch. Stitch. Stitch. Gotta admit that the level of fear was a wee bit high as I started stitching through all of the Kraftex. A top stitch needle, a longer stitch length, and 40 weight polyester thread et voila! It’s all good. Note, a stitch length that is too short will perforate the paper.
Well several lines of stitching to make sure the book is secure. Oh and one more thing. The back cover had to be awesome, the Travel Notes Stencil and a color pencil at our service, thank you very much. It took a little bit of time but the end result is so fun.
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