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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

A Pencil Case Book Cover


After finishing an upcoming project I've been working on for Fort Worth Fabric Studio {Blog} I had some scraps left over from this gorgeous fabric collection Skopelos by Katerina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics.  Not wanting them to go to waste I made them into a larger piece of fabric using my 'How To Make Selvedge Fabric' method mixing in the scraps alongside the left over selvedges.


This is how the made fabric looked before I quilted it into place.  I like to trial thread colours by unravelling a length of thread and placing it over all the different fabrics in a single length to see how it looks against each - if you enlarge the picture below you can just about see what I mean.  Looking at the full thread spool doesn't show you how the colour will really work for you - after all your quilted line will only be one thread not hundreds side by side unless you're creating satin stitch so this is my preferred method.  This time I've chosen the thread on the right, a variegated Aurifil 50/2 4663 - Baby Blue Eyes.


When I'd quilted the fabric I made it into a book cover and popped a zipper into the outside front cover to create a pencil case.

front quilted detail
inside front cover
inside back cover
back cover
back quilted detail
 


You may be interested in taking a look at other book covers I've made too - click on an image to go through to the blog post about each.



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44 comments:

  1. Hi Chris,
    Wow you made a really nice pencil case book cover!
    I have a blog party that I co-host on Monday's called Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    I would love to have you share this with us.
    Thanks.
    Julie @ Julie's Lifestyle

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  2. Wow, absolutely beautiful and such a great idea add a zip!

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  3. I'm dropping by from the link party at Joybee What's For Dinner link party.

    I LOVE this book cover. It's amazing! It's super cute! And I love the zippered pocket on the front. How creative and clever.

    I have a link party that I am trying to grow. I invite you to share this idea -- and a couple of others -- at my Grandma Ideas Sharing Time link party at http://grandmaideas.com. I think my readers would love this idea as much as I do.

    The party goes from Wednesday through Friday night at midnight Mountain Daylight Time in the U.S. I hope to see you there.

    All the best,
    Nina

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  4. I love this! I've recently swapped book covers, and I wish I had thought of doing this ... and had talent to figure out how!

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    1. It's not difficult at all Paula, if you can sew a zip you can add one to your cover. Considering teaching it as a class and maybe writing it as a tute ... eventually! - Chris :D

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  5. Oh, I love these! Such a great gift idea.

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  6. Thanks, great way to use selvedge fabrics. I will sure make some.

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  7. Now that is a really practical idea Chris - I love it. xx

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  8. It's beautiful! I love how you made the selvage fabric!

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  9. LOVE!!! I'm gonna make one!!! I get all confused with the inside out/righside in thing, but I can do this!!! Yours is beautiful, mine will be too!!!

    Nini~

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    1. Possibility of a tute on the way but don't hold your breath I'm about to go off travelling again and there's no way it'll be before I go!!! - Chris :D

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  10. Love this and what a great idea add a zip!

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  11. What great book covers. I love your pencil case by adding zipper idea. Super. Is it a difficult step?

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    1. It's not difficult at all Lynda especially if you're used to adding zips. I'm thinking of teaching it as a class and maybe writing it as a blog tute but it won't be for quite some time if I do as I'm about to go travelling again but might be worth watching this space! - Chris :D

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  12. GORGEOUS fabrics and what a great idea to add the zip for a pencil case, Chris.

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  13. Your patchwork and quilting here transform a mundane object into a work of beauty. L-o-o-v-e it!

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  14. Such a beautiful piece of art. And that is exactly how I see it.

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  15. Lovely fabric for such a fun design!

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  16. Beautifully done. Featured on Facebook tomorrow. Linda @Crafts a la mode

    https://www.facebook.com/TwoSucculentSistersCrafts

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  17. The zip pouch is an awesome idea to add to your beautiful journal covers! Beautiful finish, especially with all the quilting.

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  18. What a pretty mixture of fabrics.

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  19. What a brilliant idea, I can think of loads of people who would find this dead useful - me included!

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  20. i really like this. do you have a tutorial for this pencil book cover?? i would love to make one.(or more)

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  21. Adding a pencil case is such a great idea! Very clever. And you've madea such a wonderful job at using your beautiful little pieces of fabric. :-)

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  22. A wonderful idea and a perfect gift

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  23. What a great idea, perfect for students at college or university.

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  24. What a beautiful design! It would make such a lovely gift x

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  25. Oh. My. Word. This is amazing. I want 20!! Is there a tute on the way, at all?

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  26. What a great way to use up those scraps Chrissie.
    Thanks for linking up to New to Me too :)

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  27. All your book covers are stunning and your zip is do expertly fitted in too. I have never made selvedge fabric - it looks interesting and is good recycling practice.

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  28. What a great book cover - it looks really sophisticated :-)

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  29. Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  30. What a beautiful pencil holder book cover, I love the colors. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  31. Hi there
    Just stopped by to let you know that I featured this on my Round Tuit post this week!
    A Round Tuit 278
    Thanks again for linking up! Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

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  32. Dropping by from the And Sew We Craft Linky Party.

    I just love this book cover in my favourite colours too!

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  33. Oh wow! Love the fabrics you used. I think I need to make one for myself!

    Thanks so much for linking up with And Sew We Craft Together! Sorry it took me so long to visit x

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  34. A pencil case in a book cover? Genius Chrissy! I've got to make one for my Bullet Journal! Thanks for sharing this at the Tuesday Archives!

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  35. What a great idea!! Thanks for sharing at Tuesday ARchives this week. :)

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