finally! the final post of the stitch along. I hope you enjoyed the embroidery and I hope it has encouraged a few people to try a bit of embroidery too.
These are the instructions for the book cover. There are lots of tutorials out there for book covers and lots of Japanese magazines and books that contain instructions for various versions (I get my Japanese craft magazines from here) but this is how I like to cover notebooks.
These instructions are to cover a small moleskine pastel cahier (9cm x 14cm)
Once you have stitched your girl cut the top and bottom inch that you marked off. So that you are left with a rectangle measuring 16.5cm x 33cm.
Next cut a piece of medium weight interfacing the same size as your embroidered piece
and iron it onto the back of your embroidered piece.
Next I fold the fabric around the book to make sure that I am happy with where I need to fold it and mark the folds for the flaps and the centre back of the cover.
Now turn the two short edges in by 1cm and hem them.
Now cut a piece of lining fabric (I like this to be pretty even though you can hardly see it in the book!) 16cm tall x 15cm wide and hem the two edges with a 1cm seam allowance so it should now measure 16cm x 13cm.
with the right side of your embroidered piece facing up fold the flaps in and pin them. (Your flaps are folded onto the right side if this makes sense!)
Next lay your lining on top (with the right side facing down) centring it with the mark you made for the centre back on the embroidered piece. And pin in place.
Now stitch right across the bottom with a 1cm seam allowance. Then stitch right across the top with a 1cm seam allowance
And trim your seam to about 0.5cm neatly.
Now you have to turn the whole thing out and press it, pushing the corners out gently.
And finally slide your notebook in.
I'm sorry the pictures aren't quite as bright as I would have liked but the sunshine seems to have left for now!
I hope you enjoyed the stitchalong and don't forget there is a flickr group called lilipopo embroidery.
And a hashtag that I keep forgetting to use over on instagram #lilipopostitches
Well I'd better get on and start filling that christmas list notebook!!