I love my patchwork Moleskine notebooks so much that I dislike writing in plain ones anymore -- to the point that I will avoid making notes until I have time to decorate a new notebook. (I know that's ridiculous.) Then inspiration hit, in the form of an embellished Ann Taylor sweater from the thrift store. Why not make a journal cozy that I could reuse?
It took a lot of improvisation to get to this design. Some things I learned:
- Don't try to machine-sew over beads and sequins. Just don't.
- It might be a good idea to use some stabilizer if you're going to sew satin ribbon to sweater fabric. If you plan to do this, make sure ahead of time that you have some on hand. Otherwise, you might have to change your plans.
- Sometimes you end up with a significantly different-looking finished product than you envisioned.
- From my young friend Miss R. -- "Don't be afraid it won't be perfect, the only thing to be afraid of really is that it won't BE."
Instead of binding the edges with pink satin ribbon or hemming them, I
To finish, I zig-zagged a double length of grosgrain ribbon into the back my new notebook for place-holders, letting the stitching go a bit wonky once again.
What a fun project! I will be interested to see how useful this turns out to be.