Customise a plain notebook with a fabric monogram to create a practical gift. This is a fun project for a teen or beginner sewer to practise their machine appliqué skills.
You will need:
- plain cahier style notebook such as Moleskine cahier
- small pieces of cotton fabric
- applique film such as steam a seam
- cotton thread
- sewing machine that has a buttonhole or zigzag stitch
Using your computer and printer, print out your monogram using the font of your choice. You will need to enlarge it to the right size to fit your notebook. Cut out the letter and place it right side down on the paper backing of your appliqué film. Trace the letter on the appliqué film and cut it out. Iron it onto the wrong side of your fabric, and then cut out the fabric letter. Iron the letter onto the front of your notebook. Using a buttonhole stitch or zigzag stitch, sew around the outline of the letter using your sewing machine.
Tip: Stitching through card will blunt your needle. Be sure to use an old needle.
Here is a heart shaped notebook that we made using the same technique. You can find a step by step tutorial for this project over at Fave Crafts.