Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Stitched Fabric and Paper Book Tutorial . Part 1 of 2.

By StitchyWooWoo

‘Little Love Book’

In this tutorial you will learn how to combine paper with fabrics, decorate and embellish with trim, text and stitch, to create a small book or journal for your personal notes and collections.

This tutorial concentrates on a romantic and delightful design called a ‘Little Love Book’. Filled with pretty pages and charming words and sayings it is ideal as a place to put poems, letters, love notes, anything that concerns the beauty of LOVE in your world.

Although this project can be done by hand stitching, a sewing machine is desirable. Basic sewing skills are required.

So let’s get started….

Stage 1.Preparation

You will need :

· 1 x 9” x 7” fabric for Outside Cover

· 1 x 9” x 7” fabric for Inside Cover

· 1 x 4 ½” x 3 ½” fabric for back inside pocket

· 2 x 10” x ½” torn fabric /ribbon for ties.

· 4 x 6” x 8” drawing / watercolour paper for pages

· 3 x 6” x 8” fabric for pages

· Small amount x scraps of plain/ patterned fabrics, papers, ribbon, trim, embellishments.

· Selection of matching or contrasting threads.

· Fabric pens and/ or inkjet transfer paper (with access to computer and printer)

· Sewing machine or hand sewing kit.

· Optional –small piece of bondaweb / wonder under – fusible web.

· Strong glue suitable for fabric/paper – I find ‘tacky glue’ to be good for most things.

*All measurements are adjustable if needed. Your book can be any size that you wish.

*For the purposes of this tutorial I am using contrasting colour thread.

*Best fabrics to use: any natural fabric – cotton, linen, wool calico, canvas. (Silk is best used for embellishment as it is more difficult to sew well and it frays badly. However a silk book does look wonderful). I am using vintage French cotton ticking for the cover, - unbleached calico and 120lb cartridge paper for the pages.

* I mostly use straight stitch on the machine, although you might want to use zigzag or a decorative stitch. I sometimes use a darning foot with free motion embroidery to apply shapes such as hearts ( if you know what how to do this then it’s easier, but don’t worry if you don’t know what I am talking about,( that needs to be another tutorial !) then just use straight stitch) . NOTE ; when sewing paper , use a long length stitch on your machine to help prevent the paper from tearing.

Prepare your pieces as above. Cut to size.

Stage 2 Text/ Lettering/Shapes

There are a variety of ways to pre - decorate your book with text and shapes

I do all my text onto small bits of plain fabric or paper first and then apply these to the pages /cover.

Photo4 Text on fabric

1. Hand write using fabric pens.

2. Use text/lettering stamps and an ink pad.

3. Print from computer using a variety of fonts. Print onto heat transfer paper (remember it is important to mirror image before printing , otherwise your words will be the wrong way round.

4. Lots of other ways to get text in your book, try some of your choosing.

Choose appropriate words/sayings for your ‘little Love Book’

Love , dream, believe, I love you, love me, love you, friend, lover, just because, you are my sunshine, forever loving you, darling, my dearest, valentine……… Any lines from songs or poems are also great.

As you can see I like to add:

This book belongs to ….


Little Love Book – as the title.

In this tutorial my text is transfer printed from the computer and then ironed onto small bits of calico/ linen.

*Bondaweb / Wonder Under – fusible web can be ironed on to back of pieces to assist with sewing down. Use parchment paper to stop the transfer print from sticking to your iron.

Applied Shapes

Hearts, flowers, anything connected with love. With complicated shapes I do use fusible web. I iron web onto small fabric piece, draw a shape, and then cut the fabric shape before removing the backing paper. Remove backing paper and iron on.

Once you have all your text and shapes prepared you can then think about where you are going to place them your pages.

This is Part 1 of this tutorial.

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