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|Style||Casual, Funky, Cute, Whimsical|
What was your source for this sewing project?
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Name of website or photo Fabric Quiet Book
What materials did you use? * Fabric (remember to prewash all fabrics) * Felt * Buttons * Ribbons * Steam a Seam * 9"x9" square of reinforcement for each page
What advice would you give someone starting this project? * Start with the more complex pages. You will most likely get burned out and having brainless pages for the end will be more encouraging. * I do not give amounts for the fabric because in most cases you can use scraps. What I suggest doing if you don't have a scrap bin started, is to go to the fabric store with two or three pages in mind and buy an 1/8 of a yard of the fabrics you would like. Also, plan to use these fabrics for the rest of the book. For the backgrounds, ask for 10". * The size of each page: 9"x9" (basic layout) * For the inside of the pages and reinforcement of moveable pieces, we used a polyester blend that is basically a dense plastic, I found at Hancock Fabrics. For all pages, unless otherwise noted, you will sew through this layer and the background fabric to attach things to the page. * For the edges, a 1/2" blanket binding * Obtain felt. I suggest buying sheets of felt as you need them rather than getting a bunch by the yard. * Use Steam a Seam instead of pins for ease. * For the binding side, use a 1 1/2" border on that side * Make template out of cardstock or a manila folder to layout pages. Bear in mind that to create a complete page, you need one with the binding on the right side and another with the binding on the left. (Figure out the front and back of each page before starting) * Most of the pieces are sewn together or to the page using a satin stitch on a sewing machine to prevent fraying. * Remember to prewash all fabric before cutting * When printing patterns, UNCHECK THE FIT TO PAGE box in the printer window. * When cutting the pattern from felt or other thick fabrics, first cut the outline from paper, then use a couple of bobby pins to hold it in place and adjust them as needed. Oddly, the bobby pins are more accurate than straight pins (my good friend Stephanie gave me this tip). * If you do not have a rotary cutter and self healing mat, I suggest either buying or borrowing one. (Just as an FYI, I started with the name page so this list is repeated on that page.)