apple applique coverAmanda here from Jedi Craft Girl 🙂  It’s back to school time!  Ahhhhh the smell of freshly sharpened pencils and new erasers!  I love sewing apple-themed items for back to school.  This apple composition book cover would make a darling gift for a teacher on the first day of school.  Here’s how you can make one:

Supplies:

1/3 yard linen/cotton blend natural fabric

1/3 yard apple fabric for flaps

1/3 yard green check lining fabric

1/3 yard HeatnBond® Fusible Interfacing stablizer, medium weight

Heat n Bond® Feather Weight

Scraps for apples and leaves and tab closure

button

Sizzix Apple Die

Standard Composition Book

Iron the Heat n Bond® Lite to the wrong side of the applique fabrics.  I like to use the HeatnBond® Lite when I sew around the pieces, it holds it just enough for sewing, then feels like there is no fusing, only fabric.  Die cut the apples and the stems.

apple applique composition book 21Cut the main linen fabric, lining, and stabilizer 16.5″ x 11″

Cut (2) flap pieces 11″ square and then press in half.

apple applique composition book 20Fuse the interfacing/stabilizer to the wrong side of the linen fabric.  Position the apples and stems so they are either centered or toward the center, you need to leave room on the right edge for the button.  Sew around the apples 3 times with black thread.apple applique composition book 19

For the closure tab:

Cut a rectangle 6″ x 4″.  Fuse HeatnBond® Interfacing stabilizer to the back.apple applique composition book 16Fold in half lengthwise and sew using 1/4″ seams along one short end and the long side.  Clip corners, turn, and press.  Topstitch if desired.

apple applique composition book 14Measure your button and sew a button hole toward the end of the tab.  Cut the tab at the raw edge to 4″ long.  Baste the tab onto the side (centered) of the linen piece.

apple applique composition book 12Lay the lining piece right side up, lay the two flaps on either side, matching raw edges. (Folded edges toward center)apple applique composition book 11

Position the apple cover, right sides together with the lining/flap portion.  Pin all the way around.  Sew using 1/4″ seam all the way around, beginning and ending at the bottom center, leaving a 3″ opening for turning.  Clip corners, turn right side out, press.  Top stitch the opening closed using matching thread.apple applique composition book 10Insert book into the cover.  Mark where the button needs to go and hand sew the button into place.  I made a matching covered button.

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apple applique composition book 3Whose ready for school?  I think I hear the bell 🙂

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