a book {cover} deal!

Image credits:

  1.  http://www.etsy.com/listing/86972051
  2. http://www.jcrafts.com/eg/shop/shohin.asp?Shocd=W03262&PageNo=1&bunrui1=12&bunrui2=14
  3. http://www.etsy.com/listing/33364874/fabric-alphabet-book

As mentioned last week a very important person asked me if I might be interested in a book {cover} deal!

The Headteacher at my little boys’ school (very important person!) approached me with a request to make slip covers for the staff diaries!

Somewhere mid conversation I remembered to ask ‘how many?’  Ours is a small one form entry school, I expected the number to be about 15.  I remained calm as the Headteacher replied ’38’.

The temptation was to say ‘oh my goodness no you need somebody much better than me’, instead I found myself suggesting that I make up a sample for inspection.

Since then I have been researching fabrics and styles; I had a pretty clear idea of what I thought would make the perfect cover.

It had to be hard wearing (being lugged around to and from school for an academic year would take a toll), it had to appeal to male and female members of staff, it had to be cost effective ( the question of budget is one that has not yet been discussed!), and I wanted it to be distinctive enough to say ‘handmade’ but not ‘homemade’!

Image credits:

  1. http://www.etsy.com/listing/83123605/
  2. Sincere apologies, I have mislaid the source for this second image; I will keep searching and update post.
  3. http://messyjessecrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2009_08_01_archive.html

As can be seen from the images that I gathered, linen with an accent of some sort is clearly my thing.

The tutorial and inspiration that I finally settled upon is from:

http://bloomandblossom.blogspot.co.nz/2009/02/journal-cover-tutorial.html

Tomorrow I will be posting about my version…a sneak peek :

Thank-you for reading.

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