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« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2008 06:51:45 PM »

Thanks for the comments ... and yes, it does make me smile when I look at it! It was a lot of fun to make.

Molye, it is really easy to make. I will come back in tomorrow, and post the dimensions, and the basic process for you.

« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2008 08:03:54 PM »

wow, that's sooo pretty. love it
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« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2008 09:21:53 PM »

I love this! I'm just starting to dabble in art journaling so this would be an excellent project for me.

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« Reply #13 on: May 03, 2008 10:04:48 PM »

ok thats totally fun, I want one.

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« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2008 10:09:59 PM »

this is so beautiful!!!! i would love to know the process too! the owls are so adorable!

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« Reply #15 on: May 04, 2008 12:13:58 AM »

Beautiful! I love how functional it is! I esp. love that the glue stick fits in there. I have kept a scrapbook journal in the past, but it basically just stayed in a drawer at home because I didn't want to carry a bunch of scissors and glues in my purse all the time... This solves that problem in a great way Smiley

« Reply #16 on: May 04, 2008 12:34:38 AM »

this is gorgeous. inside and out!
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« Reply #17 on: May 04, 2008 12:47:53 AM »

I love this! I've been thinking of making something like this for the past few days cause I needed something to carry my sketchbook around without having to carry another pencil case. You inspired me! And I just looove the way the paint stains on the lining turned out. =) Thanks.
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« Reply #18 on: May 04, 2008 06:49:17 AM »

For all of those inquiring minds ... supplies are in bold. As I am sewing I kind of make it up as I go, so if you are not clear on something I wrote just PM me for clarification. NOTE: I am lazy, hate "turning fabric", and love the organic texture of raw sems, so that is what you get with these directions:

1. Cut a piece of fabric for the lining, 14 inches wide by 26.5 inches long. I would recommend pretty sturdy fabric, or fabric that has been attached to heavy interfacing, so that when complete the case does not flop all over the place.

2. Cut a piece of heavy duty interfacing slightly larger than the lining (you will trim it down later) and start laying various scraps all over it. Cover it completely. Take a piece of water-soluable fabric and pin it down over the top.

3. Set your machine to free-motion stitch (a lot of machines will do this, even if you don't have a specific setting for it) and just start making designs and shapes. I started with just a grid by sewing back and forth to tack everything down, then I did very basic flowers, leaves and fan designs. Cover, cover, cover it so that every little scrap is down and secure.

4. Wash off the water-soluable fabric ... make sure you rinse it good so that there is no sticky residue left. Let it dry.

5. Trim the scrap fabric to match the lining.

6. Figure out which end (lengthwise) is going to be the top flap. Sew the bottom edges together width-wise. Trim to slightly off the seam. I use pinking shears for the fun jagged cut.

7. Take the bottom that you just sewed, and fold it up 8.75 inches. You now have an envelope, or pocket, big enough to slide a sketchbook (and a few other goodies) into. Pin the sides to hold it in place ... no sewing yet!!

8. Get whatever fabric or elastic you are going to use to hold pens, glue, etc. and pin it down on the lining only of the flap. I just started at one end and secured it to the lining, the put down my glue stick and used it to figure out where to pin to make the glue stick loop. Then onto pens, etc.

9. Once your little holders are pined down, sew them, to the lining only.

10. Pin the lining to the outside fabric along the outer edge, all the way around. I used a curved object to trace my corner curves, but you can leave them squared off, too.

11. Starting at the botton edge of the envelope/pocket, you are going to sew up one side, across the top, and down the other side. I use a quarter-to-half inch seam. Trim slightly off the seam.

12. Get some kind of snap, or button closure, attach, and you are all done!!

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« Reply #19 on: May 04, 2008 07:53:24 AM »

This is perfect. These would fly off the table at a craft fair. Just gorgeous.

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