A covered notebook and a pin cushion: a birthday present

One of my gorgeous friends celebrates a birthday today (happy birthday, my dear!), so Hugo and I caught up with her for a coffee yesterday. It was lovely to see her and chat. And funny watching the cafe’s customers try to work out whether Hugo (and his low-level baby noise) was cute or damaging the cafe’s hipster image. He got a few little smiles, so I’m hoping majority opinion was going with cute.

setI made this little gift for her. I used the same pin cushion tutorial that I used here, and the covered notebook tutorial here.

pin cushionI ran into *lots* of strife with the notebook tutorial, mainly because I wasn’t sure what seam allowances and measurements were used. It all ended up a little pear-shaped. Nothing a date with a rotary cutter and a quilting square couldn’t fix, in the end (I may or may not have cut the book smaller to fit…). I will make the inside flaps wider next time. I like the sweet pockets for stashing away useful bits of paper.

pocketI have grand plans to make covered notebooks as Christmas presents for the educators at Elena and Hugo’s child care centre. We’ll see how I go. I had planned to do some free motion quilting on the covers but, try as I might, I just can’t get it right. I think I’ll stick with quilting in straight lines for the moment!

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4 Responses to A covered notebook and a pin cushion: a birthday present

  1. I’m sure they thought Hugo was cute, how could they not? These gifts are wonderful. Your friend is very lucky that you are so talented and generous. πŸ™‚

  2. Emgy says:

    Awesome!
    PS: I got the tutu today!!! Its AWESOME!!!!! Olivia will be getting it as a birthday gift on Dec 8. Stay tuned for lots of pics b/c I’m sure she’ll be living in it.

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