Shabby Chic Moleskine Covers

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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.

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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.

I like the way they turned out, and they were speedy enough that I may have to sit down soon and make one for myself!
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(P.S. Second post is up over at the Rhythm of the Home blog today.  Cute baby in a quilt alert!  Hope you'll come drop in!)