Journals and small books are one of my favorite things to carry with me. I like to have a place to write notes and lists or make plans for projects. If I don't have a list, I will forget something or purchase the wrong size item. I usually bring a journal with me to sewing classes and retreats. Then I have a place to write contact information of the instructor or friends I make. The fabric store is where one of these little books becomes most helpful. I can write measurements and calculations so I don't become confused when getting material cut.
Now let me tell you what is so special about this In The Hoop Fleece Journal Cover. You will notice most of the fabric on the outside is Fleece. This is a magical material for people that have sensory issues or need something soft to calm them. I am not a shopper and spending money isn't a pleasurable experience to me. One thing I do enjoy is "Petting" fabric. In fact when I had an office job and was under a lot of stress, I would make a lunchtime trip to my local store and just run my fingers along all of the bolts of colorful soft materials. I would always feel calmer once I returned to my desk.
If you are irritated or tired, try visiting the fabric section and I bet you will feel better after you "Pet" some fabric. No need to buy, just window shop. I thought this In The Hoop Fleece Journal Cover would be a perfect merging of two things I love. It comes at a great time of year also, because even though I don't have little ones going back to school, I remember my kids having a rough few first days getting back into a routine. I imagine the teachers although excited to begin a new year feel the same way. This embroidery design would be perfect for students or teachers!
You will need at least an 8x12 embroidery hoop for this project because it will fit a 5x7 journal. I see homework assignments being written down or maybe to do lists. In the middle of a busy day when it all seems like it is too much, soft cuddly fabric brings you back home to your center. It always works for me. Instead of a lovey or stuffed animal, this journal cover will be easier to manage for people in their backpack or bags as well. I love that there is a small clear pocket on the back so identification can be added. It doesn't have to be a name. It can be a hand drawn picture.
A fat quarter of fabric is big enough with some extra left over so use your imagination with seasonal covers. How about all of those life plans? Weddings, Births, Graduations, Retirement? You could use this In The Hoop Fleece Journal Cover Embroidery design over and over with different fleece remnants.
Do You Have Big Plans? Write them down. If you would like to see how this project comes together, check out the instruction video below. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work.
My latest Embroidery design comes out of necessity. I have been doing a lot of quilting and using pins. Instead of trying to manage with my usual magnetic pin holder, I decided to create something I can wear on my wrist.
Here is my In The Hoop Wrist Pin Cushion. It is a perfect project to use small remnants of fabric and batting. Are you starting to think about stocking stuffers for Christmas? I know it is months away, but this would be a welcome gift for that seamstress or quilter in your life. I will probably make a second one to pack in my retreat tools. You can never have too many places to store pins and grab quickly.
I love vintage sewing machines, so I decided to digitize one in a motif and add quilting all over the pin cushion. This design also creates lots of small areas that help lock those pins in. The nature of the stitching adds structure to the pin cushion also.
Here is the back of the In The Hoop Wrist Pin Cushion. The elastic used is a little different than what you might be used to. It is called Fold Over Elastic and I really like it for this project. The width is one inch which is generous and the texture is buttery soft. That central line running through it is normally used as an easy fold area for the edges of projects. If you can find it, definitely try it.
I like that it comes in so many different colors so you can create many variations of projects with it.
Comfort is a biggie for me. I don't like anything binding or constricting so when measuring for the elastic, I made sure to put one to two fingers in between the tape and my wrist. This extra length will be taken up inside the pin cushion while sewing and the stuffing height will decrease the length.
This design can be done in a 4x4 hoop. I used my mighty hoop and completed the project in one hooping. So it goes quickly once you have everything cut and laid out. The embroidery design comes with full color instructions and I also have a video you can watch below that takes you through an entire pin cushion.
Stuffing it with fiber fill and hand sewing the turning opening are the last steps. This would be fun to do with kids. They would love to see the transformation with the fluffy fill and then maybe let them help add the pins.
There is a lot of real estate on this In The Hoop Wrist Pin Cushion. I love the size of it because sometimes I work fast and having this rectangle shape will make it easier to find. The wide flat elastic is just tight enough and doesn't feel uncomfortable. Using that trick of adding finger widths will help you get that perfect fit.
Are you inspired to create an In The Hoop Wrist Pin Cushion? Remember you can watch the instruction video below. I know you will enjoy seeing this project come together. Maybe you will make one for yourself, a friend or loved one. This is one of those projects that any seamstress would welcome with a smile. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work.
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