Friday, August 24, 2018

Kwik Sparklers Binder Cover


Do you remember the smell of freshly sharpened pencils, brand new school supplies, and fresh book covers made from brown paper bags? Oops....I think I just dated myself! Notebooks ready to be doodled on? This is a project perfect for students and teachers alike... a fresh new way to doodle with thread! It is packed with Sulky products because they have EVERYTHING!!!!

I designed this notebook cover around the mini 7” size of my new EPP pattern Kwik Sparklers so that it would look like any teenage girl could have doodled it. Since my ability to doodle is VERY limited, I used my Alison Glass Iron on transfers that I made copies of to make up some of the doodles. I used the same technique described in my previous post to copy the designs onto my sheet of Sulky Stick ‘n Stitch. 
So.... here is everything I used and how I assembled it . 

1” binder
1 Kwik Sparklers Mini Block
1 Kona mini charm pack (or your choice of fabric) 

2 - 13 x 34 fabric
1 - 3.5 x 11 fabric
1 -13x34 batting
1 - 3.5x11 fabric 

Assemble your Kwik Sparkler Block using the fabrics of your choice. I used 60wt Polylite to stitch the Kwik Sparkler block.
Starch and remove the EPP papers.
To figure out where to place the block and embroidery designs, fit the outer fabric around your 1” Binder. Mark where the binding of the binder will be and where the fabric will fold around the front and back flap. Iron these registration marks in place and then center the Kwik Sparkler Block in the area that will be the front flap and pin in place. Sew block down with Sulky invisible thread in clear.  

Figure out the doodles you want to use for the binder. If you are using premade designs like the ones I used you can copy them onto your Stick 'n Stitch or you can use a thin tip sharpie to draw your own doodle.

Cut apart the Stick ‘n Stitch to figure out where you want the designs. I recommend that you only stick one design in place to embroider at a time so that the other pieces don’t lose their sticky.


Iron Fuse ‘n Stitch to the wrong side of the outside fabric and then spray baste the batting to the Fuse 'n Stitch side.  Iron the Soft 'n Sheer to the inside fabric.  Right sides together, layer the inside and outside fabrics and sew 3/8" all the way around but leave an opening about 5"-6" on one end.

Clip corners so that the bulk is removed and turn right side out.  Poke out corners, smooth and press well.  Use the glue stick to glue the opening closed.

QUILTING : Outline the Kwik Sparkler and then quilt with assorted Sulky 30 and 50 weight thread with 1/4"straight line quilting.

Fold the cover around the binder lining up the spine of the notebook with your embroidery and folding the extra around the flap. Mark and press the fold well (remove the binder first though!)

Pocket on inside front flap: Iron Fuse 'n Stitch to wrong side of the 3 1/2" x 11" piece of fabric. Fold in half, right sides together, stitch with 1/4" seam allowance leaving an opening to turn right side out.

Press and topstitch along the folded edge.

Center on the front flap between the ironed crease and the edge, with the topstitched side facing up. Stitch in place on the other 3 sides. Make sure the flap is unfolded so you don't sew the flap closed when adding the pocket. Reinforce the beginning and end of the pocket since it will get a lot of stress.

Sew the flaps in place by hand. I tack where the flap ends and then turn the cover inside out and whip stitch it closed.  Repeat for all 4 edges.


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