Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Sew Sweet

The new challenge begins today at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and I am the hostess for this one.  I am calling it Sew Sweet and here is what I have to say about it:

Create a shabby chic or vintage project with a sewing theme incorporating items and/or images related to sewing - think rubber stamps of sewing machines or dress forms e.g., fabric, pattern tissue and even notions such as buttons, zippers, thread, etc.

I have created a little mini album full of lots of sewing images and notions.  I used the Stamperia Old Lace paper collection along with a few pieces of paper from the Tim Holtz Dapper pad and my scrap stash.  The album measures 4 1/4" x 5" with a 1" spine.  When I first made it the spine was only 1/2" and it would not close properly so I performed surgery on it and expanded it - holding my breath the whole time since it was already decorated.

The front was decorated with some ruler paper, image from the paper collection, stamped sign, layered flower, buttons, metal hanger, lace and a little pair of metal scissors.  All the paper and card stock used both inside and outside has been distressed and inked with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.

When you untie the ribbon closure I added you will see a single flip out on the left and an accordion flip out on the right

The left has a tuck spot decorated with lace that hold two cards that could be used for journaling or as photo mounts.  One card is covered with patterned paper and one with pattern tissue.  The right has a ruler belly band that holds two folded cards.  The images on the cards came from a vintage catalogue from J. Rotherham & Co. Ltd. that I found online at

When the left flip-out is opened there are two pages with pockets.  The one on the left (back of the flip-out) is decorated with some lace dyed with Antique Linen Distress Ink and contains three cards, two of which have patterned paper and one is a quote I found online.

The right pocket is decorated with a stamped image and contains a little needle book, which has felt inserts.

When the right flip-out is opened there is a centre panel with a flip-up and a flip-down using magnets to ensure they stay closed.  The flip up is decorated with a ribbon holder and has patterned paper on the back for using as a photo mount.  The flip-down can also be used for photos.  Inside this section is a belly band with two tags cut from the paper collection.

To the right of this section is a pocket page containing a notions book that has been created in the same way as the needle book.

The back of the right flip-out has a tuck spot decorated with some vintage sewing tickets and contains another quote card (upside down in the top photo - dah)..

The right side is another pocket page and it holds a vintage button card.

I imagined  this little album would be used to hold information and photos of some favourite sewing projects both as work in process or once finished.  I hope you will join us for the challenge.

The challenge runs through 11:55 pm on Tuesday, May 12th and you have a chance to be the randomly chosen winner of a gift certificate to shop at The Funkie Junkie Boutique or you could be one of the top picks chosen by the Design Team.  The overall pick will receive an opportunity to be a Guest Designer at a future date.

Supplies list with links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Stamperia - Old Lace 12x12 Paper Pack SBBL32
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Frayed Burlap TIM21469
Venise Lace Trim - 5/8 inch
Bronze Scissor Charms - Set of 5
Scor Tape
Ranger Inkssentials Mini Ink Blending Tool - With 4 Blending Foams IBT40965
Ranger Archival Ink Pad - Jet Black AIP31468
Magnetic Snaps, Large MET522
Tim Holtz Dapper Paper Collection
Mini Hanger Charm
Paper Artsy Sewing Room Stamp


  1. Absolutely gorgeous, Cec. Your mini album is so packed with wonderful details and sewing ephemera. I really love the lace-edged pockets, and the tape measure bands wrapped around both the cover and the internal folds. It's exquisitely pretty - an absolute treat!
    Alison x

  2. Oh, how do I love thee?! Cec, this is just amazing, and I want to pick it up and look at every single nook and cranny! So hard to say what my favorite part is, since it is just loaded with authentic vintage and faux vintage details. I wanted to do a booklet to hold my vintage sewing notions in, but chickened out over the construction bit. I am such a coward! I'm going to study this, and someday I'm gonna make me one! That 'sew a needle pulling thread' card is so cool! You have knocked it out of the ball park with this! Hugs!

  3. Fabulous! I love this gorgeous mini journal with all the pockets, folds and surprised through out! Very inspirational!

  4. Oh WOW Cec! I knew there would be so much more to be seen inside the wonderful covers of this little album but the amount of detail and number of flips and flaps has blown me away! I love things like the tape measure belly band, the cut out string of buttons, the sewing themed quote cards and the flat reel of cotton thread that all add up to a really special project. LOVE it! xx

  5. Wonderful, enticing, and beautiful book..... the details are fabulous! I'd love to have this in hand, to fully explore!

  6. This is amazing! I love all of the pockets and everything! :)


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