A couple of weeks ago, a customer from Australia bought two notebooks from me. I don’t normally sell a lot of stationery (it’s a bit of an odd sock in my shop, I’ll admit, but I just love making them) so this was a very nice surprise. As I was preparing to send them Down Under, however, the same customer asked me to custom make him yet another notebook – his wife, he explained, liked to sketch a lot and she used them up rather quickly.
I love any excuse to play with paper and making felt sheets, so I was more than happy to oblige. I got my wool/bamboo mix grey batt to wet felt and turn into the cover, I dyed the yarn for the stitching (he wanted turquoise, so I also had to make the dye stock because I’d run out) and got out a trusty avocado pit button that I made a while ago.
Then came assembly: cutting the felt pieces to size, blanket stitching the cover, then adding the paper signatures and stitching the latter to the cover.
Now, since I was an idiot and forgot to take pictures of the finished item, here’s a picture of another notebook I made – the new one looked the same, except for the stitching colour.
After cutting the felt to size, I realised I had some leftover. Not much, but enough to annoy me whether I decided to throw it away or simply store it. Felt is meant to be something, not just compressed fibre, after all. So after I saw Zed’s blog post, I was inspired to make a little purse. My current one is falling to pieces, so that also helped my resolve.
After seeing how the lower bit looked simply folded over itself, I decided I didn’t quite like it, so I cut it; I still added the smaller pouch over this new larger rectangle. The end look would be the same but I think it made more sense like this, since I had to stitch the bottom end anyway because of the smaller pouch.
After stitching everything in place I cut the button opening and added the avocado button. Voilá, a new wallet! I didn’t create it with any particular measurements but it ended up being large enough to keep my phone in as well. But the best part for me? I only had two tiny bits of felt left, which you can see it the photo below, on the left. Win win!