I have been looking at the cover of my 2010 diary for almost a month...it looks so sad and bare. I am not inspired to open it, or write in it. My poor diary.
With only a few days left of my January Tea Towel Challenge, and a medical ban on my hand stitching for the next week or so, I knew I needed projects I could make with just simple machine stitching. Today I chose to cover my forlorn diary!
This tea towel is one I got free with a magazine months ago (yes, I DO own a lot of free-with-magazine tea towels, don't I!?), and I love the design so have been keeping it aside for something special.
So let's cover my diary...
First you'll need to lay the diary across the length of the tea towel and fold in the bottom and top, leaving space for some machine stitching later.
Fold the tea towel over the closed diary to find the centre and even your ends.
Fold in both ends of the tea towel (while the diary is closed) to give you the correct finished dimensions.
Press all the folds with a hot iron.
I wanted to add something special to my diary cover so I took a long piece of satin ribbon, a tassle, a key, and a padlock...
...and stitched them together (okay, I did six hand stitches!) before sewing the ribbon marker into the middle of the bottom inside seam.
This way the ribbon marker comes up from the bottom to mark the page...
Stitch along the bottom and top of the cover to secure the side folds in place.
Slide the diary into the cover, and bring the ribbon marker up from the bottom to mark the current day's page, then it folds over the top of the diary to add some glamour!
How simple was that!?
I couldn't wait to write in my diary now that she's all prettied up...
Wow - the Challenge is almost over!!
Hurry up and send me photos of your own January Challenge tea towel projects, or leave me a comment with a link to your photo in a blog post.
I have another idea for tomorrow, and it doesn't involve any handstitching either...wonder what it is? Can you guess?
Here is Bronny's smart idea for a tea towel...
...a casserole carrier!! Bronny is a cross-stitcher and she stitched 'Pot Luck' on the tea towel before she began it's transformation. If you visit Bronny's blog you'll find a tutorial for the casserole carrier! Brilliant idea, Bronny!
If you haven't had time to make something for my January Challenge, you can join in the creative fun with my February Challenge...but no hints as to what that is just yet!