Monday, March 1, 2010

Another project......

This is my latest project. It all started when I went into my attic yesterday and brought down a box of fabric that my ex-neighbor and friend gave me about 10 years ago. She gave me 6 boxes, 5 are still up there. This box had all neutrals in it. Upolstery, drapery and curtain fabrics. Her brother has a store that does those custom made things and she gets the leftover pieces of fabric. She makes bags and aprons and things with hers. I was looking for some fabrics to use on my new sewing machine. Then I started looking through some of my Somerset magazines, for some ideas of something that I could use the fabric for. I saw a pouch that holds artist supplies and an art pad and then realized that I had some scrapbooks that could use some spiffing up and so I dug through the fabrics and found some that would work. I'm going to do a tutorial-type thing here, because I did remember to take pictures as I went along.....

The first step was to make a label. This is a brown paper bag that I stamped the title on. I cut around it with my decorative scissors. This is the fabric that I chose for the cover. It is really heavy upholstery fabric. I had to iron all the fabrics to get the creases out. The fringe is the selvage edge and I decided to use that in the design.


This is the liner fabric......


I used a piece of this gauzy stuff under the paper label.



I cut a piece of fabric to size and just started gluing it onto the back cover.




I layered all the stuff together for the front cover. I put a piece of tulle over the paper to help protect it from wear.





I did a row of hearts on the top and bottom of the label and just straight stitched the sides.






This is a silk rose that I tea dyed the other day. I wanted to try it and it was perfect for this project. I cut a strip of the gauzy material and made a bow and put it in the middle. There's some tea dyed lace under the whole flower thing. I also added some buttons around the label.







This is the back inside cover with the lining and the outside cover all glued on.








I had some vintage hem tape and I used that to cover the raw edges of the materials.









This is a cover that goes between the front and back covers to hide the edges of the pages. This is a closeup of the fringe......




Taa-Daa.....



Here is the completed album......


A closeup of the decorations, notice the big jewel in the center of the flower and another piece of that fringe on the left side of the label.


This shows the cover that hides the edges of the pages.
So, another fun project completed. I hope you enjoyed my tutorial of how I made this album /scrapbook cover. I am having so much fun crafting these days. I have some other things to show you, also.
'Til next time, Love ya, Jean



























10 comments:

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

Hi jean...what a great job..it is just so beautiful...love it...

you sure are talented....

enjoy this first day of march, my friend

kary
xxx

Stella said...

That turned out so lovely. I like that you used the fringed edges of the material as decoration. Cute rose too.

just a little bit shabby said...

Looks great! I see you are already putting your new toy to work! I'm kind of in a state right now trying to decide whether to sell my house and move to another.....Can't decide! I keep you posted
Sandy

Cathy K said...

Jean, that is absolutely beautiful! And useful too! I love it and think you are very clever!! Hugs, Cathy

VintageBettys said...

This turned out beautiful! Such a great idea...We look forward to seeing more of your projects!

Have a wonderful week!

Laura & Michele

Miss Gracie's House said...

Welcome back! Your album is beautiful!
Rene'

My Casa Bella said...

hi Jean its so pretty!!!

Kudzu said...

i wish i'd bought more of the upholstery fabric at the thrift store the other day...this is really inspiring...it's just beautiful:D
kudzu

Jenny said...

What a neat project. And such a treasure of fabric to use up.

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Jean~ There's nothing like a gift from heart and home. These are going to make some fortunate recipients very happy.
Beautiful details!!

Sweet wishes,
Sara