Saturday, 25 February 2017

Chalk Book Cover

Hi Everyone

Well it's been a while since my last post... mainly due to a shoulder injury which has stopped me crafting completely. This was me last October - do you like my festive fashion accessory?...

I can't believe it's been almost 5 months of no crafting, blogging or project sheets - sheer torture!  At last I am finally (albeit slowly) getting back into the craft studio - yay! :)

I had planned to bring you some festive projects before Christmas last year but I found trying to type with one hand drove me around the bend with frustration and pain, but at last I'm back to my usual touch typing (in small bursts)... woohoo! So here's a quick little project for anyone who fancies creating their own chalkboard book cover...

Materials needed:
Notebook (15 082 01)
Chalk Fabric (34 650 50)
Ribbon (12 714 16)
Fox Button (11 747 80)
Craft Knife, Mat & Ruler
UHU Kraft Glue
Strong Double-Sided Tape & Scissors
Needle and Thread
Decorative Papers
(Efco Product codes in brackets)

Step 1. Cut a piece of Chalk fabric approximately 36 x 24 cm. 

Step 2. Stick a piece of double-sided tape along the ring bound edge, wrapping the ends around to the inside of the cover.

Step 3. Stick one long edge of chalk fabric along the double-sided tape.

Step 4. Pulling the fabric taut, cut and remove the top corner from the chalk fabric. 

Step 5. Stick two strips of double-sided tape to the top edge of the fabric and, pulling it taut, stick it in position. (Two strips will give you extra security.)

Step 6. You can sew the fox button embellishment on at this point should you so wish. (Alternatively you can stick it in position with glue at the end.)

Step 7. Trim the bottom corner from the chalk fabric.

Step 8. Stick the bottom flap in position with more double-sided tape, pulling it taut as you go. Stick 3 strips of double-sided tape to the side flap for extra security.

Step 9. Fold the side flap over, keeping the fabric taut, and stick it firmly down.

Step 10. Apply a fine line of UHU down the edge of the chalk fabric, making sure that the glue touches both the fabric and the card book cover. (This will help add extra security stopping the fabric from slipping on the tape.) Stick the ribbon trim (approx 36cm) over the edge of the fabric. Leave it a few moments until stuck before wrapping the ends around the edge of the cover to the inside and sticking the ends in position.

Step 11. To finish or neaten the inside you can stick the first page to the inside of the cover with more double-sided tape. Alternatively you can use offcuts of scrapbook papers to decorate the inside and cover the ends of the fabric and ribbon at the same time.

Then all that is left is to decide what you want to use your new notebook for and what you want to write on the cover. One idea is to use it for daily positive affirmations...

Happy Crafting! :)