I love these Liberty covered notebooks I saw on the Alice Caroline blog but it was just too costly to ship a notebook all the way from the UK. Today’s post is a tutorial on how to make your own DIY fabric covered mini notebook. I decided to make my version smaller because I want to carry it around to jot down notes. Of course I used my Liberty scraps for this to get a bigger variety of prints in the notebook cover. You can also check out my other fabric scrap projects here.
This year I decided to be more eco-friendly in my gift wrapping so I sewed a drawstring gift bag using fabric scraps left over from other projects. Of course, I couldn’t resist adding a Liberty patchwork applique tree to the front for decoration. You can also see my other fabric scrap projects here.
The bag is reversible so when it’s not Christmas, you can turn the bag inside out so the lining fabric is on the outside.
The chilly weather lately inspired this Liberty London patchwork infinity scarf. Since the scarf goes around your neck, I suggest you use scraps that are soft like cotton lawn, voile, knits, fleece, or double gauze to prevent it from being too abrasive. For one side of my scarf I used Liberty London lawn and for the other I used a piece of Kaufman lightweight voile I bought from fabric.com. You can also see my other fabric scrap projects here.
There are a lot of wonderful tutorials out there on how to sew an infinity scarf so I won’t go into details in this post. Instead I want to describe how I pieced my fabric together to get a patchwork look.
First I started with some of my larger Liberty scraps. Some scraps were cut on the bias and some were a long rectangle which helps with the patchwork effect when they are pieced together.
I sewed the scraps together to make a giant rectangle. You can adjust the width of your rectangle depending how big you want your scarf. I wanted mine to be roughly 11″x50″ so I ended up cutting my giant rectangle into three 11″ rectangles. You can trim off excess fabric after you piece all the fabric together if it ends up being too long.
I then cut each 11″ rectangle in half to make 6 squares and then cut each square into a triangle. I rearranged the triangles from different squares get a patchwork effect. This is a similar method I used to make my Liberty patchwork top.
I sewed the triangles together to make squares and then sewed the squares together to make one long piece of patchwork fabric. Here you see the blocks sewn together. I ended up using only 5 blocks to get the length I needed.
Finally I sewed my patchwork fabric piece and Kaufman voile together and then connected the ends to make an infinity scarf.
Has the cold weather inspired a sewing project for you lately? Thanks for stopping by today and happy “mad” patchwork sewing!
I was browsing my local Kinokuniya bookstore and came across this I Love Liberty Print Book printed in Japan. If you don’t have a store near you, the Kinokuniya US website has this book in stock. The book comes with patterns and a canvas fabric fat quarter of Small Susanna displayed on the cover. I love the variety of projects. This book is for 2014 and they seem to release this book annually but the older ones are out of stock. The contents are in Japanese but I’m hoping I’ll be able to figure out the instructions from the pictures.
Here is a picture of the cover next to the Small Susanna fat quarter. Love the brilliant colors and pattern of this print!
Here is the table of contents with pictures of some projects in the book.
I’ve raved about Liberty London cotton lawn but it is pricey so today I want to discuss more affordable fabric options. For the Liberty London lawn lovers, see my Liberty London Source Guide here and my Liberty fabric projects here.
- Robert Kaufman London Calling – This collection of cotton lawn prints ranges from $10-$13 a yard. The red floral print on the left below is my favorite from this collection.
- Robert Kaufman Lennox Gardens – This is another collection of cotton lawn prints that range from $10-$13 a yard. The purple floral print on the right below is my favorite from this collection.
I’ve been wanting a lightweight tote bag to carry around when I run errands so being the sewist that I am I decided to make one rather than buy one. I used my beloved Liberty London scraps for my patchwork tote bag but you can use any fabric scraps you have on hand. Also check out out my other fabric scrap projects here.
UPDATE 4/2/2015: I’ve have Liberty scrap packs in my Etsy shop so you can buy some lovely scraps to make your own patchwork tote.