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« on: October 08, 2018 07:22:08 PM »

Inspired entirely by LimeRiot's sloppy paper bag journal, I have been collecting brown bags to use as the pages of books, the cover is a darker and thicker gift bag. The pages are spaced to accommodate embellishment, lots of stuff can be glued or stuck inside this little book. It's exactly 4"X4", made for the most recent OTT Halloween swap.


One thing I did differently was to make stronger pages by ironing 2 bags together with a sheet of fusible webbing between.
After cutting out the pages, I machine sewed around the edges with various stitches and colours of thread.


The signatures are sewn to a piece of very stiff interfacing backed with double sided fusible and I rigged a way to get the spine inserted between the cover and the inside fabric. Everything is fused with that ironable webbing and reinforced with stitches.


The spine and the squared off edge on the other side have lace and some vintage buttons, the white ones are shell from my carefully hoarded stash (use the good stuff!).


There are strings for book marks and more of the same to wrap round and tie the book closed.


The cover has cheesecloth and a free-hand machine stitched bird based on a lino cut I found online.
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« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2018 12:26:03 AM »

That is absolutely gorgeous!
I love how you made those paper bag pages more sturdy and it all looks so pretty.
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« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2018 01:44:30 AM »

Beautifully done!
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« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2018 04:20:36 AM »

This is really brilliant. I particularly admire the construction! I can see all the planning that went into it. Excellentito!

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« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2018 05:08:14 AM »

Well. I just love this so, so much! Just the right amount of decorative details  over lots of thoughtful construction.
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« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2018 06:11:23 AM »

Ooh, very nice!
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« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2018 07:43:18 AM »

I love everything about this! The cover, the thick pages, and the size. Perfection!
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« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2018 08:28:46 AM »

Just lovely!
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« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2018 08:40:48 AM »

Thank you all so much Smiley. I really enjoyed it and have dozens of tutorials pinned for more inspiration. Crumpling up and wetting the paper first gives such a nice crinkle effect to the pages but you have to be very careful not to make papier-mch in your hand! It takes lots of careful fiddling to get the bags open and flat to hang for drying. They stiffen up again when dry so the ironing goes very well but they felt weak to me, like after a cardboard box has gotten wet then dried it is never as strong. That inspired fusing 2 together for strength. The stitching round the edges was in case the fusing let loose here or there. It took a lot of time for all that sewing but I ended up really loving the look so it was worth it.
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« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2018 09:00:35 AM »

I love this so much!
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