My daughter just got dropped off at a slumber party for one of her friends that turns 11 this weekend. We like to do handmade gifts for friends because we know they won't get anything else like it. Also, we like putting our time and love into something because we know the recipient will really appreciate it.
So, for my daughter's friend, I made a felt covered journal (you can check out the one I posted the other day HERE and I also have some on my Etsy Shop). This seems to really be the age of these girls writing in journals and diaries so I hope this will give her something really special to write her thoughts in.
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I used the Big Shot die cutting machine, the Flower Folds die and the Baskets & Blooms die for the three flower pieces. The coral and yellow flowers were cut using the two smallest flowers on the Flower Folds die. The small red flower on top was cut using the mid-size flower from the Baskets & Blooms die.
For this one, I used regular copier paper for the inside since I knew the birthday girl would likely just use it as a diary rather than putting any pictures inside and needing it acid/lignin free. I added some black glass beads to the binding on the front of the journal and I think I'll do this on all of the other journals that I make in the future. It adds a really nice touch to them.
* Running stitch for around the egde of the journal, the small red flower and on the yellow flower
* Applique whipstitch for the large coral flower and around the leaf edges
* Back stitch for the curly green tendrils on the stem and on the inside of the leaves
* Chain stitch for the stem
Every time I finish a journal, I can't wait to get started on the next one. It's snowing outside and we're supposed to get about 3 inches so it's a good night to stay in and get to work on another and pop in a good movie.
Make sure to check out the Be a Big Shot with Felt tutorial CD that I have if you'd like to try some other projects with felt and the Big Shot. It has stitch video tutorials, as well!