Valentine's Day is quickly becoming a non-holiday at our house. Sweet Husband has never been a huge fan. ("But I love you all the time.") And this year he brilliantly bartered his way out of making a fuss for at least the next few years. (There was a new camera bag involved, so I was thrilled to make the trade.) And, of course, the Kid will always get a bit of a short shrift because his birthday is the day before.
But just because we have chosen to downplay the day, didn't mean I could forgo my little tradition of mailing some crafty thing off to Sweet Sister and Cutie Niece. (A.K.A. My Very Best Girlies.) Inspired a bit by the newest edition of Alphabet Glue (which has a few really cute ideas for completely handmade books), but a bit short on supplies (I have cabinets stuffed with fabric, but very little paper), I decided to make these moleskine covers instead.
I am a persnickety knitter, but my favorite kind of sewing is a little slapdash. (I'd like to be dottie angel when I grow up.) To that end, I decided to make my covers very shabby chic.
I cut out two rectangles, each about a half an inch taller and about four inches wider than my little moleskine notebooks. After figuring out where the front cover would be, I added the initials and other embellishment to the front of one of the rectangles. Cutie Niece's was a little more involved--some ribbon, bits of an old sweater, some hand embroidery--while I left Sweet Sisters a bit more simple. (I thought it looked more befitting a teenager that way.)
Then I stacked the rectangles on top of each other (wrong sides facing) and zig-zagged them together, leaving the edges raw. Lastly, I folded over the short sides--using the notebook itself as a guide to get the fit right--and zig-zagged them to the front to make the pockets for the notebook's cover to slide into.