Friday, September 2, 2011


Gingercake has some great patterns in her shop.  I made some Lola the Owls back in the spring and  I've been eyeing her notebook slipcover for a while.  When Kristyn came into town for a visit, it was the perfect time to try it out.  
We headed to the fabric store for our supplies and after a couple of days of following two little boys around and playing, we got started.  I have to say that I am so glad to have had Kristyn here for this project. In addition to being so much fun.... She is meticulous.  She is careful.  She measures accurately.  She is so neat and careful.  I am not all of this....(at least not all at the same time).  I'm more of a "wing it and hope it works out" kinda girl. 
We talked through everything, because there were many numbers and measurements to figure out.  (I'm not saying it was hard, but you did have to be aware of each step as you measured and cut and went along.)  We helped each other think through the process as we went.
  We had so much fun making these slipcovers.  I even learned that my sewing machine has a thread clipper built into it! (who knew!?!)   When we got to the step where we were sewing the entire thing together, we had our fingers crossed.  And it worked out!!! (I love it when that happens)

 The notebooks were transformed from ordinary to extraordinary.  I'm using mine as my everything binder.  It holds my grocery lists, address book, gift idea lists, daily dockets and calendar.
A couple of days ago, I  made another cover.  This one was for my holiday planner.  The snowflakes and Christmas material were so fun and festive.

 I've got a bunch of other noteboks that could sure use some sprucing up and I really think these slipcovered notebooks would make great gifts for friends or even teachers.  After making the first slipcover, the second one was so much less taxing on my was easier and went together much faster.  (although it was 10 times less fun without Kristyn here!)  
Maybe this weekend will find me some more time for sewing and recovering... I hope everyone has a great Labor Day weekend and that you spend some time doing something you enjoy!  Oh, and I want to shout out a special thanks to Virginia of Gingercake for a great pattern! Check out her blog for tons of great inspiration. 


Gingercake said...

wow! beautifully done :) THanks so much for making these and writing about them. Yours are fantastic! The christmas planner is so smart!

Kristyn Knits said...

This was one of the best crafts we've done together!! I so enjoyed the process (once we read and re-read each step :)! I couldn't have done one without you!!

I SO love the holiday cover! Your fabrics turned out perfect together. Now I want to start sewing my holiday fabrics!! Looks like a project for ADVENTure 2011!

Many thanks for finding the pattern and sharing all your skill with me! Love you girl!

Evelyne said...

Thank you for posting these slipcovers - will definitely purchase the pattern - great idea!!!!

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

What a wonderful project for two best friends to share! And they came out so well. I tend to be like you -- flying by the seat of my pants and hoping for the best. I can see where Kristyn would be a great complement to you.

wayside wanderer said...

These turned out super cute! What a great idea. And what fun to do this with a friend. =)

Yarny Days said...

I really like what you did to that notebook. So unique.

Tracy said...

WOW... these are BEAUTIFUL covers! Thanks so much for sharing about these...great idea, and be good for gift-giving too. :o) Happy Day ((HUGS))

stitching under oaks said...

thanks everyone!

From All Stitched Up said...

What an awesome idea. I was just tryong to think of a way to make my recipe notebook more festive. This is definetly the ticket. I can see a few of these in my future. I have lots of notebooks to cover.

Designs on 47th Street said...

Wow! They turned out perfectly! It looks like you two had a lot of fun doing this too. I used to have a friend I sewed with back in the day. Brings back good memories.

Oh Lisa I know why you are my friend..I'm like you ... I do my best and hope it turns out! LOL! I'm not always so careful!

I do love this project. :)

Hugs, Donna

At Home Mommy Knits said...

I love this project!! They turned out so beautifully. I have so many binders that could use a cover like this!

Anonymous said...

Well done! They look very complex and professional. Lucky you to have such a good friend to sew with.

a friend to knit with said...

oh my, lisa! those notebooks honestly couldn't be more perfect! from ordinary to extraordinary is absolutely right.
(do ordinary things extraordinary well)
and having kristyn there to do it with! PERFECT!
(love that you learned things about your sewing machine.)

Anonymous said...

Love your notebook covers! Thanks for sharing this with us!

And thanks for the sweet comment on my blog. God is, indeed, faithful! As Peter said, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life!"
Thanks for the encouragement!

Gigi said...

What a good idea, and you did such a perfect job -- as always!

cathleen said...

Oh..those notebooks are gorgeous, Lisa!

no spring chicken said...

Slow down! I still haven't made my bag holder!! ;)

Blessings, Debbie

Stephanie said...

Beautiful! Those really turned out so nice, great job and always more fun with a friend! Love your new header too :)