11 Dec

Free Project! Block of the Month Diary Cover

Reene takes us through reverse appliqué for this month’s technique focus, and here's her extra project using the skills you learn 

Perfect for a last minute gift or to beautify your diary for the New Year, Reene Witchard's notebook cover is a must make! 

This cover loosely fits an A5 diary. You can alter the dimensions of the cover if you prefer a snug fit.

Materials
1 Fat Quarter of turquoise (main) fabric for exterior
1 Fat Quarter of co-ordinating turquoise fabric for lining
1 Fat Quarter of orange fabric for binding and reveal fabric
14½x9½” piece of lightweight-fusible interfacing or fusible fleece for exterior
2 3½x9½” pieces of lightweight-fusible interfacing or fusible fleece for interior flaps

Cutting
From the main fabric, cut:
14½x9½ exterior panel
2 3½x9½” pieces for the interior flaps

From lining fabric, cut:
14½x9½” lining panel
2 3½x9½” pieces for the lining of the interior flaps

From binding fabric, cut:
3 2” strips for binding exterior of the notebook cover
5½” strip, sub-cut into one 5½” square for reveal fabric
2 2x9½” strips from the remainder for binding the interior flaps

Assembly
1 Reverse-appliqué the flower on the right-hand side of the exterior panel following steps 1, 2 and 4-7 in Quilt Now issue 6. (See Pic A.)

2 Apply the 14½x9½” piece of interfacing/fusible fleece to the wrong side of the exterior panel according to the manufacturers instructions. (See Pic B.)

3 Place the exterior panel wrong sides together with the lining panel, matching the raw edges, and pin in place. Quilt as desired to hold the layers together. Place the quilted panel to one side until the interior flaps are constructed. (See Pic C.)

4 To make the interior flaps, apply the 3½x9½” interfacing/fusible fleece to the wrong side of the 3½x9½” main fabric pieces according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
5 Place the main fabric interior flap pieces wrong sides together with the lining fabric interior flap pieces, matching the raw edges, and pin in place. Quilt as desired to hold the layers together. (See Pic D.)

6 Fold and press the interior flap binding pieces (2x9½”) in half, wrong sides together, then pin to one long edge of each interior flap. Sew in place using a ¼” seam. Press the binding away from the flap, then fold it over the edge onto the wrong side of the flap. Press and pin in place. Stitch using a ¼” seam allowance. (See Pic E.)

7 Place the interior flaps on the lining of the main panel. Pin in place. Sew around all edges of the panel using a scant ¼” seam. (See Pic F.)


8 Join the three 2”-widths of fat-quarter strips into one continuous length. Press in half, wrong sides together, then use this to bind the edges of the notebook cover as you would a quilt.

 

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