This is in NO WAY a tutorial; more a ramble about what I did... Please feel free to comment or advise any suggestions!!!
I sketched out a picture of a dragonfly, and then traced this with a water soluble fabric pen onto a piece of fabric (cut from curtains that were hanging in the house when we moved in!!). Then started stitching!
To finish it off I “cheated” by hand stitching around the eyes to redefine them. I hadn't seen it at the time but I have since found this post by clutterpunk for a really good tutorial using the same techniques.
I then trimmed it to size to fit a notebook. Through my excitement, I cut it too short(!) so had to reattach strips of the cut off fabric. That will teach me for patting myself on the back too soon for a job well done!! I attached some strips for the lining, turned it inside out and then hand stitched the flaps to hold the book cover.
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Thanks for the lovely words! We will be sending you a message xxxDelete
Oh I love this! I have a pretty simplistic sewing machine too and always presume that I can't do 'fancy stuff' that other people can. WIll have to give this a try! (ps found your blog through The Polished Button x)ReplyDelete
Thanks Kate, you should definitely try it! I would love to see how it turns out! xxDelete
That's really impressive! Shows you can get by without a fancy machine if you use your initiative :)ReplyDelete
Something to try as my sewing skills improve...
Thanks Kate! I am a complete beginner (hence the mistakes!!) so it definitely is worth as try! xxDelete
What a fabulous idea. I have a sewing machine that can't do free motion either as I have the wrong foot. You have inspired me to try regardlessReplyDelete
Thanks Jan! That's great! xxDelete
Did your machine come with a mending foot? with that you may not even have to drop your feed dogs for free motion embrodery...In the older machines we use to cover the feed dogs up and go for it with a mending foot.... and trust me while the machines where built to last a long long time all they did was a straight stitch .ReplyDelete
Hi Rebecca, my machine is literally the most basic thing. It cost about £20 ($31 ish) and had no other attachments or even the ability to change anything. I bought it to see if I'd like sewing (which I now know I LOVE!) But that's a good tip for others, thanks xxDelete
Your sister-in-law is going to love it! You did a wonderful job of making the dragonfly.ReplyDelete
Thanks Super Mom! I gave it to her at the weekend and she seemed very happy with it! xxDelete
This is crazy cool! I am not sure I could pull it off, but I love the way it came out. It really is a wonderful gift! Thanks for sharing it at Too Cute Tuesday! :)ReplyDelete
Thanks Meredith! I really was surprised how well it turned out! You should give it a go! xxDelete
Very Cool! Looks great - I'll have to try this with my sewing machine!ReplyDelete
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Thanks Sam! xxDelete
This is beautiful! I'm stunned; this is sooo over my head!ReplyDelete
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Thanks for the lovely words! Have added to your party, thanks for the invite!! xxDelete
Thanks Kate! xxDelete
That's great! that's a level in sewing I don't believe I will ever graduate to!Keep it up!ReplyDelete
Thanks Krystie, but you should give it a go - I'm a complete beginner and can't actually sew anything functional!! xxDelete
Beautiful! Love it!ReplyDelete
Have a great week!
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Thanks Ana! We love Portugal! Hugs back from England! xxDelete
amazing! I've seen this done a few times and never tried it. I love your dragon fly... needs to go on the todo list. Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays! Emily @ Nap-Time CreationsReplyDelete
Thanks Emily! Try it, try it, try it!! xxDelete
Looks great, I've been meaning to try that to and just haven't yet!ReplyDelete
Thanks Jen, everyone should have a go!! xxDelete
Thanks for linking this up! It turned out great!ReplyDelete
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Thanks Susan! Thanks for a great party! xxDelete
Looks great for your first try. :-) Thanks for the inspiration to try this on my own.ReplyDelete
Thanks Kim! I really hope you do try it! xxDelete