Looking for an easy handmade gift idea? Here’s a hand stitched notebook you can create in minutes using a paper notebook and embroidery thread.
If you’ve ever met my sister…..you know I am totally stating the obvious when I tell you that she’s amazing.
On the amazing scale if 1 is a really good hair day and a 10 is finding all the cute tags and wrapping paper that you bought last year for 90% off….
….she’s a 25.
She can do anything she decides to do like this hand stitched notebook.
When she decided she was going to run a marathon….she did.
Or when she told me she wanted to take part in a 150-mile bike race….she did.
She’s starred in an off-Broadway play and had her monologues featured on the Huffington Post and went to India on a mission trip and rescued a Jack Russell terrier from Hurricane Katrina….
….because she said she would.
And when we watched the ice dancing on the Winter Olympics and she turned to me and said…I could do that.
Watch out 2018.
When I was home for Thanksgiving she showed me these amazing hand stitched notebooks that she made.
Because she said she would.
I immediately fell in love with them and told her that you all needed to see them and could I post them on the blog and where did she get the notebooks and was it hard to do and after she finished learning how to ice dance could she show me how she made them.
And she said:
1. Of course.
2. Target and IKEA.
3. It’s easy.
4. She decided against the ice dancing thing after Charlie and Meryl stole America’s hearts.
5. Here’s how she made them….
How to Make a Hand Stitched Notebook
1. Find a notebook with a paper cover.
2. Lightly sketch
Draw what you want to hand-stitch on the front of the notebook with a pencil.
She made a row of birds and swirls and a camera and a jet plane and a mustache.
3. Using embroidery thread, stitch along the outline.
She used a back-stitch, but you could also use a running stitch or split stitch or chain stitch.
Here’s a great list of stitches and how to make them.
4. Continue until you have filled in the outline.
Tie off the end with a knot.
Here’s how it looks like on the reverse.
And here’s the finished front of the notebook.
And after you finish stitching the front….open up and add a note inside.
Something from the heart.
Something to let that special someone know you care.
And so my amazing actress, almost ice dancer, bike rider, runner, sister and friend.
You make me laugh until my sides hurt.
You make me so proud.
You make my heart smile from ear to ear.
And when I am with you….
….there’s no place I’d rather be. 🙂
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