I know Spring is finally here and Santa has been relegated to the North Pole but for some reason, I can never get myself motivated to start Christmas makes until after Halloween and then never get things finished by the time December rolls around. So this year I thought I'd join in the fun. After all my Night sky quilt was finished in January so I thought I was off to a good start!
February was crazy busy and then 18th March was the day after St.Patrick's day so I completely forgot! This month though, I'm linking up to the linky hosted @SLIK stitches where Benta has a tutorial for a countdown to Christmas calendar (according to the xmasclock.com its 249 sleeps 'til Christmas in case you were wondering!)
So my festive make this month is a notebook cover. I have 2 swaps I'm making for and in the nerds craft it better swap my partner is a big English Literature fan. So for the small gift, I thought a covered notebook would be a nice idea. I enjoyed it so much I made a second in Christmas fabrics.
Both are made from scraps! I took some scraps left over from my Bounce quilt (still love this and can't believe I gave it away! It went to G's aunt so it hasn't gone too far! Pattern by Miss Rosie's Quilt Company).
To make up the rest of the cover you just need some fabric for the flaps and a lining fabric. I used Me and My sister prints and for some reason I like the geometric madness with the old fashioned flowers which won't be seen anyway when the notebook is put in.
It is great fun and a quick make so I decided to make a second with Christmas scraps! These are scraps from the Night sky quilt above and I love these blue, not quite traditional Christmas colours. The dark blue is Folk Art Holiday and the light blue I got free with Quilt Now magazine last year.
So I added a navy strip to both sides and then trimmed back to the correct width. The second notebook had a spiral binding and if I was making again I'd add another little bit extra as it pulls a little when closed.
Using so much white in the top might not have been the best idea! It will get dirty easy; I can see one navy thread from a seam peeking through and it meant I had to use white for the lining too!
Still, I really like the navy pockets and the strip on the end. Next time, I'd add a loop to carry a pen. So that's some small makes ticked off the list! I think I might have to make one of these for me too. Does it count as Christmas sewing if you keep it for yourself?
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