We are on the Home Stretch! Today we will put our Traveler’s Hand Stitching Book all together.
The instructions here might look intimidating, but just take it one stitch at a time and it will all come together. It is not difficult, just a little bulky in spots.
As you are attaching the pages, feel free to reinforce key areas such as the pocket, zipper, flap etc. with some back stitching for extra strength as you sew over them. Use 1/4″ seam allowances for all seams. That should be right along the fusible fleece line. Also, keep the basting stitches in mind. Sew to the inside of the stitches, as you don’t want them to show once you turn your book right side out.
The inside will be constructed in 2 sections. In preparation, cut two spine strips that measure 11″ x 1.5″ and one strip that measures 11″ x 1″.
Next, cut up the plastic canvas. If you have long sheets (10.5″ x 13.5″), you will need two. Cut both as shown and you will have very little waste. If you have short sheets of plastic canvas, you will need 4 sheets. Cut two of each size – 10.5″ x 7″ and 9″ x 6 1/4″.
Attach Pages 1, 2 and 3 to the Outside Cover
Here are the pieces we will be working with for the first section:
- Finish pages 2 and 3 by sewing the top (where the magnets are) and both sides together with right sides facing each other.
- Clip corners and turn right side out. Press lightly.
- Insert one of the small pieces of plastic canvas. Trim the plastic canvas if necessary so that you have a nice snug fit. You do not want it too big so that it buckles, or too small that it slides around. You also want it to be shorter than the finished page by a little more than 1/4″ at the raw edge. I did not have to take any off the width but did cut 3 rows off the plastic canvas at the bottom.
- Place a wider spine strip at the raw edge of page 2, and the narrow spine strip at the raw edge of page 3. Note: The spine strips are 1.5″ longer than the pages. Leave 3/4″ extra at both ends.
- Sew the spine strips together with pages 2/3 sandwiched in between. Make sure not to include the plastic canvas in the seam.
- Center page 1 on the wider spine strip, so that it is opposite page 2.
- Sew spine and page 1 together. Press lightly.
- Lay the Outside Cover down right side up, with the flap on the left.
- Fold the ends of the finished flap down and pin them so that they do not accidentally get caught in the stitches.
- Place Page 1 right side down, on top of the Outside cover, matching the left corners.
- Flip the finished page 2/3 combo to the right side and pin, just to keep it out of the way.
- Sew starting where the narrow and wide spine meet, leaving the narrow spine unstitched for the time being, then sew in a U around Page 1, and back over the wider spine piece. Stop at the seam where the wide and narrow spine meet. You will be sewing through the Outside Cover, Spine, Casing, Flap, and Page 1, including pocket.
Step 5: Unpin page 2/3, and flip to the other side. Set aside.
Attach Pages 4, 5 and 6 to the Outside Cover
Here are the pieces we will work with for the next section:
This is a repeat of the first section except that there is only one spine piece.
- Finish pages 4 and 5 by sewing the top and sides RST.
- Clip corners and turn right side out. Press lightly.
- Insert one of the small pieces of plastic canvas, trimming if necessary.
- Place the remaining spine strip RST at the raw edge of page 5 leaving 3/4″ extra at both ends.
- Sew the spine strip to the page 4/5 combo, enclosing but not stitching through the plastic canvas. You will still have a raw edge at the bottom of page 4. This is where we will turn it right side out later.
- Center page 6 on the spine strip, so that it is opposite page 5.
- Sew spine and page 6 together. Press lightly.
- Lay the Outside Cover down right side up, with the section we completed earlier on the left.
- Place page 6, right side down on the other side of the Outside cover. You will see the lining of the zipper page and page 4 (the magnetic page). Flip page 5 to the left so that pages 2 and 5 are facing each other. At this point, the magnets at the top of the pages should be REPELLING each other.
- Fold the spine seam over 1/4″ and sew the spine along with a U around Page 6, and back over the spine piece. Fold the narrow spine strip for a seam allowance and butt it up against the one you just made. The seam allowance of the small spine strip should be more than ¼”. Use whatever it takes to butt up against the next spine strip. Sew across the spine again. Do the same on the other side.
- Clip corners, and grade any of the bulky areas.
- Turn both sections right side out, using the opening we left between the magnetic pages.
- Use a chopstick or something similar on the corners to get them as sharp as possible. Press the edges gently.
- Insert the larger piece of plastic canvas between the outside cover and page 1, trimming if necessary. (This time I had to take off 4 rows from one side.) It should not come down so far as to cover any part of the spine.
- Stitch in the ditch between page 1 and the spine, through to the outside cover. This will enclose the plastic canvas. You can use the seam from the Outside Cover where it meets the Spine as a guideline. Stop and Start at the casing line. Do not stitch any part of the casing.
- Repeat this procedure between page 6 and the outside cover.
- Hand stitch the opening between the magnetic pages closed
- Sew on your button.
- Cut 2 drawstrings about 35″ each and insert them into the casing. I use a drawstring threader for this.
- Add beads at each end if desired, and tie a knot.
- Add a clip to one of the D-rings to hold your scissors, and a pull chain across the bottom two for threads. These can be cut to size. Have fun filling your book with anything else you want. Here are some suggestions:
- Packages of Hexi templates (page 1)
- Bobbins of different colors of thread (page 2)
- Ring of Swatch Buddies (page 2)
- Name tag (page 2)
- Scissors (page 2)
- Small pieces of fabric for stitching (page ¾)
- Finished pieces (page ¾)
- Variety of pins (page 5)
- Chopstick (page 5)
- Stitch ripper (page 5)
- Pen, pencil, markers, pencil crayons (page 6)
- Thimble (page 6)
- Needle threader (page 6)
Congratulations!!! You are done!!!
Thanks for doing this little project with me. Any feedback you may be willing to give is very valuable. I hope you enjoy your Hand Work Book for many years to come.