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DIY Liberty Fabric Book Tutorial – Part 1

As I mentioned in my previous post, I was recently contacted by Martina, the owner of Ava & Neve Liberte Courtiers, to collaborate on a Liberty project tutorial. Of course I jumped at the chance to work with all the beautiful Liberty fabrics in Martina’s shop. With Valentine’s Day approaching, what better way to show my love for Liberty fabrics!

Mad For Fabric - Liberty Fabric Book Cover
Mad For Fabric – DIY Liberty Fabric Book

I used the fabrics leftover from making the heart to sew a binding piece for the side. Love these prints.

Mad For Fabric - DIY Liberty Fabric Book Side View of Binding
Mad For Fabric – DIY Liberty Fabric Book Side View of Binding

Here is a picture of the inside cover and first page. The print on the first page ( right ) is on of my favorites from the Liberty 2015 Alice in Wonderland collection called Hampton Wedding.

Mad For Fabric - Liberty Fabric Book Inside Cover and First Page
Mad For Fabric – DIY Liberty Fabric Book Inside Cover With Credits ( left ) and First Page ( right )

The steps to make this Liberty fabric book is quite extensive so I’ll be breaking this up into 3 parts. In this post, I will go over how I made the front cover of the book.

UPDATE: Feb. 27, 2015Part 2 goes over how I made the pages in the book and part 3 details how to bind the book together and create the side binding.

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Materials

  • Liberty Art Fabrics – Sponsored by Ava & Neve
  • Solid Quilting Cotton – Only the tan and white colors are purchased by me. All the other solid colors are Liberty lawn provided by Ava & Neve.
  • Glue Stick
  • Basting Glue – I used Aleene’s No Sew Fabric Glue. This is great because it washes out with water.
  • Scissors or Rotary Cutter
  • Interfacing – I used Pellon Craft-Fuse 808. This will make the pages stiffer.
  • Sewing Machine – Alternatively you can hand sew all of the fabrics together.
  • Thread
  • Hand Sewing Needle
  • Paper
  • Iron
  • Ruler
  • Cutting Mat
  • Pen – A normal pen will work but I used a FriXion pen so I could mark my fabric and then iron to make the ink disappear.

Instructions

1. Draw a heart shape onto a piece of paper and cut out as a template.

2. Take 2 solid pieces of Liberty lawn half the width of your heart template and add 2″. For example if your heart is 6 inches wide, cut 2 solid lawn pieces 5 inches wide. I added 2″ but you can add 3 or 4 depending how much empty space you would like to have your heart and the edge of your cover. Add solid color strips at the top and bottom to create borders. Alternatively you can add to all 4 sides to create a frame effect.

Mad For Fabric - Liberty Fabric Book Background For Cover

3. Cut fabric into strips 1.25″ wide and sew together. Depending how big your heart shape is, you will need more strips than I have here. Then sew the top and bottom edges I marked in blue boxes below so you get a tube.

Mad For Fabric - Liberty Strips Sewn

4. Cut the tube into 1.25″ strips. Then unpick the stitches between 2 of the squares. Alternate the sections where you unpick the stitches so the prints are different when you put them side by side.

Mad For Fabric - Liberty Strips Sewn Cut 1.25in strips
Strip after unpicking stitches between the 2 squares ( left )
Tube before unpicking stitches noted with blue box ( right )
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5. Now sew the strips together and stagger the seams so they do not line up. You can choose to line up the seams but this requires less fussy cutting since the seams don’t need to line up. I actually ended up adding 2 extra squares in the middle because my heart was bigger than these 3 strips sewn here so you can sew extra squares to fit the size of your heart template.

Mad For Fabric - Liberty 1.25in strips Sewn Stagger Join Lines

6. Cut out your heart shape. Use glue stick to adhere your heart to the background created in step #1. Then use a zigzag stitch to go around your heart. I put a solid piece of white quilting cotton on the back before I did the zigzag stitch because the cotton lawn is too lightweight by itself to hold the force of the stitches.

Mad For Fabric - Liberty Mini Square Heart Applique Front and Back Views
Heart applique on front of cover ( left )
Stitching on back of cover ( right )

7. Cut out a piece of quilting cotton the size of your front cover. Also cut interfacing .25″ smaller on each side and iron to the back of your quilting cotton.

Mad For Fabric - Liberty Fabric Cover With Interfacing

8. With right sides together, sew the front and back pieces together leaving a gap indicated by the blue arrows to turn the fabrics inside out. I used pinking shears to prevent the edges from fraying but that’s totally optional. You can also serge the sides as well.

Mad For Fabric - Liberty Mini Square Sewn With Backing Inside Out View

9. Turn your fabric right side out using the gap. Don’t worry about sewing the gap closed as that will be taken care of when we bind all the pages together.

Mad For Fabric - Liberty Fabric Book Cover

Stay tuned for part 2 of this tutorial. Happy “mad” Liberty love!

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