Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Holidays!

Here are the last two gift padfolios which I delivered today. Talk about finishing up in the St. Nick of time!

This is the second of the leaf print ones - already fused to Decor Bond so no additional Peltex between front and lining. It helps to press in the folds at the stitching.

This one has a long strip of Velcro along the angled edge for a closure. The recipient is an avid hunter, so I know she will appreciate this antler embellishment. They are both glued and stitched in place.

On the other one I wanted to try a magnet closure like on a commercial journal I bought a while ago. If you look closely, you can see the bump it makes under the lining. These magnets aren't strong enough to hold through more than one layer of fabric and need to line up exactly in order to snap in place. They have a bit of adhesive on one side, so I measured carefully and adhered them to the proper side of the Peltex before assembling: the outside of the front and the lining side of the flap.

I used a beautiful border print on the outside, cutting it so that one of the wide sections became the flap. I decided, why not use the same fabric for the pockets and a gilded bright fabric for the lining? I wanted to write something on that lining, and did, but note to you all - pen does not write well over that gilt! Being in a hurry, this one got no decorative stitching, although I was tempted to run a line of stitching along the different sections of the border print.

I just gave the house a whirlwind cleaning, and except for making some cookies, I am ready for Christmas. I plan to spend the day quietly, treating myself to extended reading sessions and maybe a little handwork by the fire. May you enjoy the day in your own special way and safe travels to any of you out and about over the next few days.

1 comment:

Fran├žoise said...

Merry Christmas to you.