I went beyond a card this year. With so many cute designs and great sayings available, I couldn’t resist doing a little soft book for hubby for Valentine’s Day. I’m even 2 weeks ahead of schedule! In case anyone else would like to use the idea…there is still time!! See below for directions.
- Select designs and embroider on ~7″ square pieces of fabric (I used medium weight cutaway that I left the same size as the blocks). Trim (see below for tips).
- I cut most down to 6.5″ unfinished blocks. The blocks that I used for the front and back, (4 blocks total) were cut to 7″ so that the cover was a little bigger than the inner pages.
- It would be possible to use a 12.5″ unfinished block and put 2 designs on it. This would eliminate a bunch of bulk in the center seam.
- Layout the pages, placing them so you can preview how the book will flow.
- Peeling them in layers, set them aside so that they can be stitched in the middle. This can get pretty confusing, so double- and triple-check!
- As an example, the “Love” and the “Happy Valentine’s Day” blocks were stitched together as they were the front and the back cover. Then, I stitched the “I love you more than all the stars in the sky” and the “Loved you yesterday…” blocks together.
- Stitch the blocks together using a scant 1/4″ seam to make a 12.5″ x 6.5″ unfinished rectangle.
- Again, layout the book. For my design, I had 6 rectangles that would need to be sewn together to create the pages.
- Once I determined the pairs, I placed them right sides together, and stitched a 1/4″ around the edge, leaving a small gap in the side for turning. Be careful when you place them right sides together…I almost ended up with a couple upside-down pages!
- Trim the corners to eliminate some bulk. Turn the fabric and sharpen the points.
- Press (use a pressing cloth to protect the embroidery), ensuring that the edges in the gap you left for turning are turned in and even.
- Topstitch around each of the pages. Pay attention to the color you choose for your bobbin! For a couple of the pages, I swapped out colors for better coordination.
- Bind the book by stacking all the pages, aligning the center seam (definitely an advantage to using the 2 blocks instead of one wide rectangle), and then stitching down the middle. I had some trouble with thread breakage, and my machine needed to “rest,” or so it said. This is why I would recommend doing a wide rectangle.
- Close the book, and you’re finished!