Teacher Appreciation Gift
Wow, this year has just rushed past and school's nearly done! Hence our thoughts have been turning to suitable ways of showing our appreciation to those hard-working individuals who have made such a difference to the children's education.
George and I have already made something for his form tutor but he also wanted a small gift for his science teacher, so we came up with a design for a personalised journal......
Still, at least the frog on the back is science themed, even if it transpires that she does not actually have a deep rooted love for amphibian friends.
Journals make great gifts for just about any occasion or person and the actual covers are very easy to make. The design you choose to decorate it with can then be as complex (or simple!) as you like. Firstly measure the outside of your notebook being sure to include the depth of the spine. Then add on a couple of centimeters to both the height and width for your seam allowances.
I used more than one fabric for the background of my design, but just one colour would still be equally effective. Having pieced the cover colours together I fixed my design into place using iron-on fusible web. I then stitched around each of the pieces in black thread.
Anyway, whatever you choose to call it doesn't matter, the exciting thing is that it allows you to use your sewing machine needle in the same way as a pencil and you're limited only by your imagination!
An important point to note is that you should not be put off by what your work looks like before adding the black stitching. All designs look bland at this point!
See what I mean?
Now look at the difference the black makes.....
The cover's ready to have its label attached and be squared up.
Pin your sandwich together and then machine all four sides, remembering to leave a gap so that you can turn right sides out!
Once the sides have been machined, trim your seam allowances and clip the corners to reduce bulk. Now turn through to the right side and push out the corners (I use a big, and blunt, wooden knitting needle).
Press and finally stitch the opening closed and that's it.......
Let's just hope George's 'facts' were correct!
She has also just announced an upcoming journal cover sew-along, so I might just enter this one there!