Upcycled Fabric Journal Cover
My niece has just started her first term at Nottingham University, so I thought I would mark the occasion by stitching her a journal cover. I altered the original design a little, so that it included both her university and field of study as well as her name. The birds were created using raw-edge applique and freestyle machine embroidery. The writing is also freestyle (freehand) machine stitched. It's such a great technique, no wonder Kirstie Allsopp has described it as 'the crack cocaine of the crafting world'!
Yes, Ellie is off to study Politics at Nottingham and we're all very proud of her. Although, I can't believe that she is old enough to be going! I can still remember how excited I was when I first went off to university and how much I valued getting letters and parcels. I'm not sure that people send so many letters these days and today's youngsters could easily miss out on the thrill that comes from checking the post each day. With this in mind it was lovely to stitch a little gift to package and send. I purchased an academic diary to pop inside the cover, but ensured that it was not such a snug fit that she couldn't swap it for a notebook or journal if she preferred.
The lining was cut from this adorable piece of soft vintage cotton lawn in muted tones of pink and blue,
as you can see it's a 'Laura Ashley' classic from 1977. I'm sure that to Ellie this will seem absolutely ancient!
The cute design I used is extremely versatile and is both easy to sew and very effective when finished.