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All right then. Back to our regularly scheduled tutorial. Today I bring you not one but TWO Sun-shined Kissed covers! I confessed my love for journal covers in this post a few weeks ago. I'm still enamoured of them. In that post I picked a favorite. This one I'm showing you is my new favorite. Until I make another one, of course.
Let's start with the big one.
Oh yeah, did I mention I have a thing for Dresdens too? Yes. Yes I do.
Here's what you'll need:
A selection of fabrics for the Dresden plate. I've had these in my stash for well over a year, waiting for the perfect project. You know those favorites that you can't bear to cut in to? These weresome of them. Can I just say one thing here about saving fabrics? Don't. USE THOSE FABRICS! My quilt cave is in our basement. A few weeks ago, the supply line to the toilet, which is located over the basement, burst, thus, flooding the basement. Gratefully, the water didn't damage much, and my fabric is fine (whew!) but it very easily could have been soaked. So please, don't be afraid to cut into your "good" fabric. You never know. And, I'm pretty sure that the fabric manufacturers will come out with something that you're going to like even better. Okay, stepping down from my soap box....
You'll also need a composition book for the journal (standard size ~ btw they also make these with gridded paper ~ perfect for sketching quilt designs!) Base fabric (I used linen) and a backing fabric. Honestly, I just used a heavy weight muslin for the backing fabric. It will never seen. Plus it adds a little sturdiness. You can get fancy and use a print if you'd like. For the Dresden blades and center, scraps will do, charms will do. We're making 20 blades. The base and backing are cut to 16 1/4" x 10 3/4" (basically, an inch taller and wider than your book, allowing for a 1/2 inch seam allowance.) Not pictured: one hair elastic, one uncovered button, to be turned into a covered button, and fabric for the side flaps, 2 pieces, cut 10 3/4" x 5 1/2" (you'll see these later.)
Aside from the usual rotary cutter, mats, rulers, I used a Dresden ruler. You can get it lots of places. I highly recommend one. I think you'll find that you'll use it for all sorts of things. If you'd rather make a template out of cardboard or template plastic, here are some dimensions.
Let's make the Dresden plate. First, cut your blades. I experimented a bit with the size, and this fit the best on the journal cover. You'll need 20 of these. I had 7 fabrics, so cut three of each and had one left over.
Once all the blades are cut, arrange them in a circle. Make them look pretty!
Snip between seams, keeping them in order. Turn the point out on each blade. Use the finger pressed seam to line up the center seam of each blade. Press.
After all the blades are turned and pressed, pick up two at a time, matching seams, and sew from side to the base (from pointy side to the base.) I like to do it this way, so I make sure my side seams match. It won't matter if the bottom seams aren't perfect.
You can chain piece these if you'd like. I get confused easily, so I sew a pair, lay it down, then pick up the next pair. After you have all your pairs sewn, pick up a pair of pairs, sew together. Continue in this manner until your circle is stitched.
I hate to bring this up, because we were having such a good time, but at this point, you need to press the circle. And, you need to press the seams open. I will do almost anything not to have to press seams open, but in this case we must. Sorry.
Back to the fun stuff. Take your journal cover front, and give it a little press down the middle. We're going to center the Dresden plate on the spine of the cover. (Of course, you can put it anywhere you want!) Line up the plate on the seam, centering it top and bottom as well.
Using matching or neutral thread, stitch down the plate to the cover. I stitched very close to the edge of the plate, maybe 1/16th".
Now, on to the center. I measured my center. About 3".
Using a 1/4" seam allowance, tack the hair elastic to the left side of your cover (which will become the back of your cover.)
Turn your cover right side out through the opening, give her a good pressing. Hand stitch the opening, add a covered button to the front and voila! You're finished!
Whew! Ready to make the small one? Much quicker. Besides, you're an expert by now!
Front and lining, 7.5" x 5" ~ basically, add 1/2" to the height and width. (I used osnaburg for the lining, which you'll see later, not a great choice. Should have stuck to muslin.) Two inside pieces, (3" x 5"), hair elastic, covered button garnish. Finish the side flap pieces like above (fold, fold, stitch.) For a super easy, faster way, you can use selvage edges from your fabric, like in this scrappy version:
For the closure, cut your hair elastic so it's one long piece. (Cut your hair elastic on its seam.) Tack it to the front left side (which will become the back of the cover) stitching in about 1 1/2" from the side and 1/8" away from top and bottom edge.
Turn it out!
blog, stay for a bit, maybe check my other tutorials. Thanks again to Madame Samm for all she's done for us! She's very special. But you knew that!
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