March 22, 2013

Make | Moleskine cover

All around the house, there are Moleskine Cahier notebooks dotted about ready at any given moment to receive one of my many lists.  So when I saw a Moleksine DIY of how to embellish the cover, I thought I'd give it a try.

Tools required:
- Moleskine Cahier notebook (the one with the paper cover not the hard cover)
- Scrap fabric
- Scissors
- Glue
- Sewing machine

How to:
- Cut your fabric down to the size you want it (so that it will fit within the parameters of the cover page.
- Fold back the edges so that you get a neat finish to the edge.  I found that it helped to iron them down.
- Apply a little fabric glue to secure.

- Spread a little glue to the whole of the back of the fabric (try not to coat it too much or you'll have to wait ages for it to dry) then position it on the front of the book.

- Set your sewing machine to the stitch you'd like to use.  I used a zig-zag stitch.
- Starting at the corner, leaving approx 10mm seam, start to sew along the edge using the line of your fabric as a guide.
- Note: At the beginning (and end) once you have sewn 2 or 3 stitches, do a couple of reverse stitches.  This secures your stitches from coming loose.
- When you get to another corner leave your needle down and lift the foot.  Turn your work 90 degrees and continue sewing.
- Do this until you have reached the end.
- Cut any loose stitches

If you like, you can leave the edges raw and not fold them over like I did.  And also experiment using different sizes and cuts of fabric.  You could even try out patchwork too.

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