You can use them all to create a one-of-a-kind and sentimental scrapbook by collecting and collaging all of your favorite bits with hand embroidery.
1. Decide how many pages your book will have. I made my pages 6 × 8–inch (15.2 × 20.3 cm) panels. You will make each page by sewing a front and back panel together, so, for example, if you want a book with a front and back cover and two inside pages, you’ll need 8 panels. Combine your fabrics in any way you want, like you’re making a collage. You can begin with one 6 × 8–inch (15.2 × 20.3 cm) fabric piece and sew other scraps onto it, or piece scraps together, patchwork style. You can use a sewing machine for this step, if you find it easier, or sew your panels by hand. (I really love hand sewing, it feels so calming and meditative!)
2. Stack the pairs of panels back-to-back in your preferred order. Pin them all together. Using a sewing machine or Blanket Stitch, stitch together the left side of all of the panels, creating a book. Leave the right-side edges loose until you've finished embroidering and embellishing.
3. Embellish your panels however you wish. There’s no end to the collage techniques, embroidery, patchwork, fabric painting, and decorating you can use! Have fun and take your time. This doesn’t have to be a fast project by any means, keep adding new bits and pieces until you feel like your pages are complete.
4. When all of your panels are completed, pin and sew each pair together back-to-back around the edges to finish your book. You can sew the edges together using the Running Stitch, Whip Stitch, or Blanket Stitch . Use any number of threads you like, depending on whether you want a thick or thin embroidered edge. I used different stitches for each page of my scrapbook.
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