This month for the Bombshell Hop we were challenged to make a gift item! What a GREAT challenge! I had a fabulous idea to make this composition book cover!
So, first, I grabbed the heavy duty canvas material I purchased (with a coupon cuz this stuff is expensive!) and traced the outline of the book. and cut parts out for the inside flaps.
Next came the sewing part. I zigzagged all the edges so it could fray, but only to a point. I did the same with the straight inside edge of the "flap" and then stitched the cover to the flaps.
I wanted the closure to be this vintage gold button I have with an elastic loop. The only elastic I had on hand was white, so I took ink to it first and then stitched it in as I was attaching the back flap to the cover.
Tried it on the book and everything worked PERFECTLY! After looking at the canvas, I had this brilliant idea to tea stain it. You know, I have never done this before, but it can't be that hard, right? The only black tea I had on hand was a chai one, so the house smelled yummy!
I grabbed the hairdryer to help dry things out and then ironed it flat.
Now- let me give a little tip. No, make that a BIG TIP! IF you intend to do this, please, please, PLEASE measure, cut out and sew it all together AFTERWARD. This stuff shrinks like CRAZY! Of course, I was not smart enough to double check right her. Nope, here is what I did next.
Alter Skulls, Butterfly Queen, and Bombshell Angel sets. Then I grabbed my Copics and started to add color.
It really is lovely, LOVELY!
and now it is also TOO SMALL!!!
Your next stop on the hop is Alaine's Blog. I am sure she has a fabulous project for you that actually worked the first time! If you get lost, I have the complete list at the bottom of the post for you.
Bombshell Blog: http://bombshellstamps.blogspot.com/
Sparkly Engineer Mary: http://sparkly-train.blogspot.com/