From time to time, we all want to give a little gift to someone who has done us a kindness, and it's always more special if that gift is handmade. Carol's idea for this hop was to share small projects we can make and give as gifts. Of course I had to join the fun, but I was so excited to see the great projects made by everyone else!
For my project, I made a Composition Notebook cover.
I like to keep a stash of these inexpensive booklets. They are bound and have about 100 pages of either lined or grid paper. (I personally like the grid paper.) I keep quilt ideas in one, recipes in another, to-do lists in another -- their uses are endless.
These are great little notebooks, but they are not very pretty. My grandkids use these in school for taking class notes, and by the time they reach the last few pages, the books look pretty dogeared. As my project I thought it would be nice to make some pretty covers for my grandkids' school notebooks.
I made my cover like I would a quilt, with a top, backing, and binding. There are all sorts of videos on YouTube on how to make these covers, so I won't bore you with how I made this one.
One of the most important things to remember when you are making one of these is to measure the book you are covering. They are not all the same size!
I added a pencil holder to the front of my cover and side pockets to the inside flaps.
I did some simple and quick quilting in the ditch to the front of my cover, then placed the backing on top of this and pinned it in place. I cut my binding strips at 2 1/2" and sewed around the cover.
Thanks so much for stopping by! I'm going to pour myself another cup of coffee and go see what great projects the others are doing. Won't you join me?
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