Simple Sewing with Lola Nova
“Deer Diary, let me tell you a secret…” I love a brand-new diary or journal, with all the promise and possibility of a fresh start. This sweet covered notebook is made from cosy felt, appliquéd with a little woodland deer; perfect for writing down all your thoughts, stories, dreams and big ideas! Felt is such a wonderful craft material, easy to work with and it comes in a rainbow of colours to choose from. Use the templates to sew up your very own Deer Diary and you will find it comes together so quickly
that you will want to make up a few more for gifts. Instead of a deer, you might prefer a chicken or a few felt flowers for your cover.
Let your imagination run wild!
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Measuring and cutting the felt
The basic cover consists of 3 rectangle pieces of felt to
create the outer cover and the 2 inner flaps that your
notebook slips into. First, take some measurements to
determine the size of the rectangles you need.
Once you have chosen the notebook you want to cover,
use your tape measure to measure around the entire width
of your notebook (from the back to the front, including the
spine, if any). Add 1cm (3/8 in) to this measurement – this
will be the whole width of your cover.
Now measure the height of your notebook, top to bottom.
Add 5mm (¼in) to this measurement – this will be the
height of your cover.
You now have the rectangular dimensions (width x height)
for the outer cover of your journal that you will cut out
from the sheet of felt.
For the inner flaps, subtract 8cm (3in) from the width of
the outer cover dimensions and cut out a corresponding
rectangle from the second sheet of felt. Cut this piece in
half along its height. You now have your two inner flaps
that will be sewn on the inside of the outer cover.
Using a template, trace or copy the
Deer scene. You can re-size them if you like using a
photocopier. Cut out the templates and either pin the
paper directly to the felt scraps, or trace onto the felt
with a fabric marker.
When cutting out the felt pieces to be appliquéd onto your
cover, I find that using small, sharp embroidery scissors with
a fine point at the ends is most beneficial. Cut slowly and
carefully around your templates to achieve the best results.
Once you have all of your pieces cut out, it is time to
arrange them on your cover.
You can pin them or use a tiny dab of glue stick to keep
them in place, wait a few minutes for the glue to dry
before you move on to the stitching. It’s now time to
appliqué our little buddy to the cover. Using a straight
stitch close to the edge of your appliqué piece, begin
stitching around your shape, back-stitching at the
beginning and end of your stitching to secure the thread.
Stitch slowly. With your needle in the down position, lift
your presser foot to pivot the cover when you come to
a corner or sharp turn in the appliqué piece, and lower
the presser foot before continuing to stitch. Repeat this
process for all your appliqué pieces.
Once you have finished the appliqué on the cover, you
can add a label or further embellishment to the inner flap
pieces, if you wish.
Firstly, stitch the cover and flaps together all along the
top long edge of your cover using a 3mm (1/8 in) seam
allowance and back-stitching neatly at the beginning and
end of your line of stitches. Repeat this process for the
long bottom edge.
If the cover is a little snug, don’t fret, as felt will stretch a
little after a short time and ease into the perfect fit.
There you have it, all ready to fill with your thoughts and
dreams. Happy writing!
For a nice clean finish at the edges of your notebook
cover, use a clear ruler and a rotary cutter to trim a
straight line from your seam allowance around the outside
edges of your notebook, making sure you don’t cut into
your stitched seams.