Materials required: Fabric (6 fat quarters of complimentary fabrics which will give you spare fabric for your stash), large button, embroidery cotton, sewing machine, white felt (X4 pieces: 25cm X 25cm), scissors, pins, pinking shear scissors, iron. **Please note: the sample was created using Oz by Sanae for Moda**
Project suited to: Beginner/intermediate sewer
Time required: Allow a full morning or afternoon to complete the album
Project introduction: Today we’ll be working on creating a little love notes fabric album, perfect for storing love notes, first cards, photos and other memorabilia from your sweetie.
Step 1, cutting out the pattern pieces: Using the provided templates, cut out all of the pattern pieces. Start with the heart template, fold the selected fabric in half (wrong sides facing) pin the pattern to the fabric to hold into position and then cut out (using pinking shear scissors), giving you 2 hearts. Repeat this 3 more times to create the remaining hearts for the album. You will now have a selection of 8 fabric hearts.
Cut out the heart pockets in the same fashion, folding the selected fabric in half first (wrong sides facing), but this time only cut out 6 pockets. Cut out the title for the front of the album. Now use the main heart template and cut out 4 white felt hearts. **Remember to think about fabric placement when cutting , e.g. mixing up the fabrics: floral heart with a plain pocket or vice versa**
Step 2, creating a hemmed edge on top of the heart pocket: Position a heart pocket (right side of fabric facing down) on your work surface. To create the hemmed edge along the top of the pocket, fold over .5cm of fabric, iron. Fold the edge over another .5cm, iron. Repeat this step for each heart pocket.
Step 3, sewing the heart pocket edge from step 2: Pin then sew the heart pocket edge created in step 2. Snip off any excess fabric from the hemmed edge with pinking shears. Repeat this step for each heart pocket.
Step 4, pinning the heart together for sewing: Select two fabric hearts, one felt heart and two fabric pockets. Position each pocket onto each heart and pin into place. Now place one of the hearts (right side down) on your work surface, add the felt heart on top of this and then the remaining fabric heart, making a sandwich with the felt in the centre. Pin everything together firmly for sewing.
Step 5, sewing the heart together: Sew around the outer edge (the entire way round as shown in the step photograph on the above right) of the sandwich to create the first double pocket page in the album. Allow approximately a 1cm seam allowance.
Step 6, sewing the remaining hearts: Repeat steps 4 and 5 to create another double pocket page inside the album and follow these steps for the back cover too, only omit the pocket piece for the back cover of the album. *Back cover of album shown in step photograph above*
Step 7, sewing the LOVE letters onto the cover: Position the letters (L,O,V and E) onto the front of the heart. Once you’re happy with their position, remove the O, V and E and pin the letter ‘L’ into place. Carefully sew around the outside of the letter with a sewing machine (.25cm seam allowance) to hold into position.
Step 8, finishing the LOVE letters and album cover: Continue sewing the letters onto the cover, positioning, pinning and then sewing until your title is complete. Sew the cover and 1st page of the album together, following steps 4 and 5 (no pocket on the front cover).
Step 9: Binding the album pages together: Position each page together to create the album. Stitch a large button onto the heart tab – stitch all the way through to the last album page and back up to the button again. This will hold the album pages together.
Step 10, adding a final stitch: Stitch through all the layers of the album (as you did with the button in step 9) in one corner of the tab. This will hold the album together nicely and prevent any of the pages from sliding up or down slightly.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you have any comments or questions regarding the album, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org (Melissa).
Tutorial by: Melissa Goodsell, www.melissagoodsell.typepad.com