This past week was spent with one of my son’s and his family. I also got to spend a day with a friend and her grandson. Needless to say, it was a busy, fun, happy, non-stop action week.
When I returned home, I decided to unwind a few days before I got back to the projects I left in progress. I like to relax by hand stitching while I watch classic movies. It just so happened that it was Irene Dunne Day on Turner Classics, so this was perfect. 👵
- I have a bin with muslin and batting already cut in different sizes for making small-to-medium sized signatures for journals.
- My threads, beads, scissors, and all necessary items for a small hand stitching project are in a pink box, that was formerly a jewelry box. This box was a gift my youngest son gave me back in the ’80’s, so it has a lot of sentimental value.
- I began the fabric collage process by looking through the scraps trying to find particular designs that I could shape into a bird body or wing
- I free-cut the bird shape and wings by following the designs on the fabric.
- Then, I use an Elmer’s Glue Stick to secure the bird to the fabric.
- This makes it easier to hand stitch the birds.
- The muslin signatures for this project are about 8″x 12″. The measurements are not exact, since I prefer the unfinished, uneven look. The bird fabric journal I made is very simple compared to the beautiful, elaborate fabric journals on Pinterest.
- I used the sewing machine to zig-zag the edges of the signatures.
- The wrap cover was made with strips sewn onto canvas.
This journal project was a great way to relax and unwind. The unfinished projects are calling me, so I will get to them this week.