This weekend I needed a handmade book project to work on but wasn’t able to work in my studio. So I created a hand stitched fabric journal using fabric scraps and lots of embroidery floss inspired by the work of Teesha Moore. It has a very rustic, unfinished look, which is not my normal style, but it was very relaxing and fun to make.
I created lots of little square and rectangular pillows measuring 2-4″ using the method below.
I. I placed 2 pieces of fabric wrong sides together and stitched around 3 sides, inserted a little polyester fill and stitched up the 4th side.
2. I folded over the raw edges and hand stitched them with double thickness embroidery floss.
3. I quilted each pillow with doubled embroidery floss and large stitches. I covered another pillow, which I didn’t use in the book, with buttons.
4. I hand stitched the pillows together with #5 pearl cotton to create a front and back cover, and added a thin pillow and a button as a closure.
Here’s the back cover. All the pillows are a different size and don’t all fit together, hence the little window in the back (which I really like).
Inside the book is a paper junk journal that I’ll show in another blog post.