Wednesday, January 30, 2013

a fun way to use your fabric scraps

Dear friends,
I was cleaning out my small cupboard full of fabric what nots. I found a piece of old lace that I'd painted with rose acrylic , unwashed, harden [and forgotten] tucked in the back. This little lace, inspired me to create a tiny fabric love notebook which I like to share here. Armed with 4th-grade sewing, I set to work :).

The lace, painted in acrylic and left dried for maybe months :). It feels hard like a 'crepe' or a 'soft' taco shell. Perfect as book/journal covers.


This tiny fabric book measures about 4" X 3" in size.


I hand-stitched everything, each page, every little hearts and all pages to the lace cover. I think it's more organic & romantic that way, with frays and all. [Yeah, need to get that sewing machine fixed!]. 

I took two small rectangle fabrics, stitched them two-by-two on the corners for extra thickness. I made seven sets of these, so I would have 28 pages in total. [28 days of February?]. Arranged them like pancakes onto the lace cover (on far left end of the lace). Sewed in the middle [with running stitch) so that they would open like a book. Then sewed & tied a ribbon for closure. You can opt this out, and use buttons or velcro instead.

Here are some pages in the fabric book;




It's fun to add beads or button on the hearts too :).




I have yet to add little notes to these pages;


Key to my heart :).

I can't help to make the letter 'S' kissing!.

I crochet a circle and add to a heart.

The last page.

I have to show the edges. Does this not look like the yummiest lasagna? LOL. 


I guess, LOVE is in the air :). My first Valentine project for the year!. This should be a cheap project, since you may already have all the materials handy :). Hope you'll try this too. HUGS.

17 comments:

  1. Ooooooh....this is sooooooo pretty! Love the raw, organic feel with all the fabric. :)

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    1. thanks, girl!!. doing this is so much fun, I'm all frilly and romantic these days :).

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  2. Shahrul, you are so awesome my friend!! WOW WOW WOW this little fabric love journal is the sweetest YUMMIEST mini ever. I read thru this twice and am bookmarking it so I can keep looking back at it. LOVE LOVE the last photos of it and YES YES it does look like yummy layers of lasagna which is my favorite food by the way!!

    That pretty lace cover is perfect for this mini, so pretty!

    I will try to do this later also, will have to hunt for the right fabric to use, my scraps are mostly big bright colors.

    WOW, this has made my day, thanks so much for sharing this pretty mini.

    Saw the box below and LOOOOOOVE it too!!

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    1. Hi, Dawn. This is a a lovely project to me too, since it was an accident to find that paint-blotched lace!. But, you know....be open to anything that may inspire us, you just never know what pretty things lurking in the deepest closet :). HUGS.

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  3. I agree with Dawn.... WOW!!! This made me smile the moment I saw it, not even realizing there was more inside. From the lacy cover/pouch to the inner pages... it's delightful!

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    1. Thanks, Marjie!. I'm glad you enjoyed my lil lace book :). Makers me smile too. Hugs.

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  4. what a beautiful little book of love and hearts, and I especially love all the frayed unfinished edges of the fabrics! You're such an inspiration!

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    1. Thanks so much, Linda!. I love the frays too, and yeah ... it'd be too much to sew everything neat :). HUGS.

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  5. What a beautiful way to use up that extra fabric. I just love the look of all the hand stitching. It looks wonderful my friend.

    Hugs~

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    1. Thanks, Linda :). Hand-stitching is all I can do now, I still am not able to fix my broken sewing machine :(.

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    1. Thanks, Ana!. Yup, it makes me smile :).

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  7. That is such a pretty fabric book, brilliant way to use up those bits and pieces!!!!

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    1. thanks, Kirsty!. Totally easy thing to do too :).

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    1. Thanks so much, I just wished that I'm good at sewing so I could do more :). Hugs.

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  9. So cute! You are good at sewing...and the patience...woww.... tabik spring....hehehe

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