Thursday, April 1, 2010

book wraps









I was busy before Christmas trying to make as many presents as I could for my family. I managed to make book wraps to give to my Mum and my sister. They are fabric covers to wrap your book up in when you want to take it with you. The wrap protects the book, and it looks good too!!



The idea came from Quilting Arts Magazine Issue 29 page 50, "Textural Book Wraps" by Angie Hughes. Angie's book wraps are just "to die for" and I would love to get my wraps more lacy thin like hers. I have been working on another project of Angie's from another magazine, a decorated bag. That is definitely a U.F.O. at the moment, I will post the finished product when I eventually finish it!!



The fabric of the book wrap is actually woven from strips of varied fabrics. Angie said she was looking for a use for upholstery offcuts, and weaving new fabric from old strips was the result. It is held together by being ironed onto iron-on interfacing. The ironed "fabric" was then decorated with acrylic paint and stamps, pieces of fabric and threads. Then a layer of organza is placed over the top and you take to the whole thing with your sewing machine. I crazy sewed all over the whole thing, folded one end in to be the flap that holds the book in place, added a decorative strip of fabric or ribbon at the end for a flourishy finish, and finally attached strips of recycled silk yarn for the ties to hold the book wrap closed.

8 comments:

Jan 4 Insight said...

Fabulous! These are gorgeous; lovely work!

kiwicarole said...

Lovely job! These would make lovely personal gifts!

immortalindigo said...

Leanne,

These look GREAT! Whoever you give them to will know that they are very loved.

margaret said...

I love these Leanne and a super link to Angie, thank you! Margaret

potatobird said...

I have that issue of QA and was also inspired to make a book wrap! Your interpretations are absolutely beautiful!

GAFFER GIRLS said...

stunning work...
beautiful blog .. out visiting ..
have an awesome weekend ..

Joanie Hoffman said...

i love the colors in "a book is a garden".
very nicely done!

Ingrid Dijkers said...

LOVE these book wraps! Hope you made a few to keep your beautiful journal work in as well.

All my best to you and yours for the New Year!
Ingrid