Friday, October 12, 2012

Some Sewing for the Book Club

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A few week ago, I joined a Book Club with the local library and am loving it...everything about it...the book selections, the ambiance and especially the company.  There is a great mix of people that enjoy different genres and the love of literature.

Since these are such a wonderful group of people and our discussions become very detailed, I thought it would be nice to have a journal to take notes.  After making a template and liking how it turned out, I preceded to make one for each member in the club.

I used the lined notebooks which were available at Walmart for 94 cents each.  They are hard covered journals....I am sure you have seen them there before.  After school starts, they are reduced to 25 cents so I grabbed enough to fill the fabric covers I planned on making.  I also grabbed a 12 count package of pens for 94 cents to add with the journals.  

My large fabric stash helped and since there are a couple of males within the group, I had to make sure there was a fabric that was more 'manly'.  I used part of a wonderful piece of red corduroy that my good friend Deanne sent me a while back...recognize it Dean? 

First I measured and cut the fabric 11 1/2 inches by 25 inches.  The second piece was 11 1/2 inches by 15 inches.  



Centering the smaller piece against the larger piece facing right sides together I pinned it in place.  



Then I rolled over the two shorter edges and pressed for a clean hem.

I sewed up the shorter edges and ran the stitching along the long edge of the shorter piece to the longer piece....does that make sense?



Then I flipped it right side out.  Pressing the sides again, I then flipped over each side until it made a pocket and met with the shorter part of the fabric.  I pinned those in place.



Now I ran a stitch along each long side which secures the pockets.  




Deciding to add a pocket for a pen on the front, I measured a piece of fabric 3 inches by 8 inches.  Pressing the edges under, I sewed it to the front cover.  Perfect for jotting down those notes!


Using a variety of colors and fabrics, everyone in the group should be able to find one they like. A little bit of time and a little bit of money has allowed me to contribute something useful to a new group of friends and a new hobby.  







Do you think I have a good enough assortment?  Remember to give your loved ones a hug!

23 comments:

  1. Hi Debbie,I might do something like this for all the new books I've been ordering.Such a good idea!I like the floral one,I have some material here like that.

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    1. Thanks Ann, isn't that fabric lovely? Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. What a great idea - I love the pen holder - never thought of that. Your choice of fabric is wonderful!

    Judy

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    1. Thanks Judy. Since I am constantly losing my pens, I thought I really needed something to keep it where I could find it! LOL

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  3. I've made bookcovers before and never thought of adding pen holders! What a terrific idea! Your journal covers turned out lovely and am sure your book club members will enjoy using them.

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    1. Thanks Lisa and for stopping by. :)

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  4. Very clever and generous of you Debbie.

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  5. How wonderful! I know they will all love this thoughtful gift. I agree with the others... The pen holder is a fantastic idea! Wish I could be a fly on the wall to see the reactions. I love that grey floral
    Great choices!

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    1. Thanks Katie! I love the floral too. :)

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  6. The journal covers are really beautiful and handy!!! Your friends at the Book Club will be so happy when receiving a covered journal :) You inspire me to make a cover for my little diary / quote - book, with a little pocket to a pen ... Thank you for sharing your creativity!

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    1. Aww, thanks Nina! I am so glad you stopped by. :0)

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  7. How awesome!!! The pen pocket is genius!!!

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    1. Thanks Amy! I am glad you stopped by. :o)

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  8. Neat idea! Very cute post! I would love for you to come link up to my Farm Girl Blog Fest! Lisa/Fresh Eggs Daily http://fresh-eggs-daily.blogspot.com/2012/10/farm-girl-blog-fest-5.html

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    1. Thanks Lisa, I will be there! I am so glad you stopped by. :0)

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  9. Very cute book covers! I've always wanted to be in a book club.

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  10. Very creative notebook covers with lots of beautiful variety ~ I am in a Mystery Book Club at the library and it is exciting ~ ( Creative Harbor) ^_^

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  11. Debbie -- what a great use of your fabric! I need to check out our library for a reading group.

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  12. Love that idea for a journal - they're lovely. Just added your blog to my blogroll!

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  13. Hello! I’m stopping in to invite you to join us at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/11/clever-chicks-blog-hop-7-country-craft.html

    I hope to see you there!
    Cheers!
    Kathy
    The Chicken Chick

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Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment! I love reading all of them. Have a wonderful day.

Debbie

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