Having concentrated on my knitting Stitching Santa swap, I’ve only just started to get on with my sewing swap. Knitting and crochet take longer, so I wanted to finish those handmade items before moving onto the sewn ones, hoping that these will be a lot quicker.
This one took about an hour and I thought I’d share it with you in case anyone fancies having a go themselves. I think it makes a great little gift – I know I’d be happy with it in my Stitching Santa parcel!
I had an A5 hardback notebook in the office, just lying around begging to be made beautiful and, luckily, I found the perfect fabric for a dressmaker in my collection.
I started by cutting a rectangle of wadding exactly the same size as the notebook.
Any PVA adhesive will do – just spread it on lightly all over the front surface of the cover.
Press the wadding on to the tacky glue, then turn it over and do the same with the spine and back cover.
Cut a rectangle of fabric about two inches wider all around than the notebook and spread glue directly onto the wrong side of the fabric.
Lay the notebook cover onto the glued surface of the fabric and press with your fingers. Turn the excess fabric inwards and stick it to the inside cover.
Work around the notebook applying more glue as necessary, mitring the corners as you go.
Use plenty of glue to cover the tiny bit of spine that needs covering. If you choose a PVA that dries clear, any surplus will be invisible when it dries.
Finally, cut a decorative piece of paper to act as an end paper, covering the raw edges of the fabric to achieve a smart finish.
And there you are – a padded notebook, ideal for any seamstress.
I hope my Stitching Santa recipient likes it – I’m tempted to make one for myself!