I decided to try a technique I saw on Pinterest, and got what I thought was really cool results. It's just a credit card and a little bit of fabric ink, paint would probably work too. It takes a bit to get the right touch, my daughter was trying it too and we wrecked several of them, but once we got the hang of it, it's so quick and easy and looks great! I can never have enough ways to make birch trees :-) The original post was an elementary school art teacher doing this on paper with her students, I think it looks even better on fabric. Here is a link to that post: http://cmae-adayinthelife.blogspot.com/search/label/Student%20Art?updated-max=2011-12-02T22:26:00-07:00&max-results=20&&by-date=false
My 11 year old daughter made a little cord keeper, I think we can use some more of these! Very easy to do...just cut rectangles out of batting and lining fabric about 5 x 9 1/2 inches. (Start with the batting a little bigger and cut it down to size after quilting) Then cover the batting with strips of fabric, starting at one end and working down to the other. You can use regular seams through the batting, or raw edge appliqué. Do some quilting and decorative stitches. Now trim it down to size. Put the lining and quilted piece together, right sides together, and stitch all the way around except for an opening on a side to turn it through, she stitched across the corners on one end to shape them a bit. Trim corners, turn and press, topstitch around the edges closing your hole on the way by, and put Velcro on the ends. Quick easy project! You could also do it like the journal covers in my tutorial for a fun look :-)
I made a more traditional version for the journal cover tutorial, no art quilty techniques required! I started with an orphaned quilt block and added to it. These two pictures are the same cover, it's reversible by turning it upside down :-)
I'm looking for people to send me pictures of journal covers you have made using my tutorial, to show more options. If you do, and have a website or blog, I will link the picture to it. Send them to me at BNelsonAK@aol.com Thanks!
I needed a distraction from the freezing rain, we want our polar vortex back!
I am a homeschooling mom of three fun kids, who are now old enough that I have a little time to pursue my passion for sewing! After several years of making quilted cards and art quilts, I'm now designing kits and patterns. Some of them have even been in Keepsake Quilting! I teach classes at local quilt shops, and would love to do more traveling and teaching eventually. I also have many tutorials, including some on you tube. I am blessed to live in Alaska where I am surrounded by the inspiration provided by the beauty of God's creation!
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