Saturday, 25 February 2012

Baby Ribbon Challenge

The lovely people at
recently launched a new and exclusive range of
and invited people to make two projects
using some of the ribbons.

I was lucky enough to take part in their challenge -
here are the ribbons they sent me
(I chose the pink option, but blue is also available naturally!)

As I always struggle to make any decent greetings card,
I decided to cover two notebooks with fabric instead.
I started off with the pink stripy one.

 I made a card base for the cover just slighter larger
than the notepad (which is actually a 'Things To Do' Post-It note pad).
I didn't have any suitable pink fabric, so using a piece of white
cotton, coloured it with some Distress Stain - 'Spun Sugar'.
It dried up to a lovely pale pink colour which co-ordinated nicely 
with the ribbons which I machine stitched on top.
I made a loop at the top so the book may be hung up if necessary.

I had a bit more fun with the second one as it involved a face!
I cut out a face and neck shape from white cotton,
stitched a few ribbons at the bottom to make some clothes
and hand embroidered the basic features on.

I used more black embroidery thread for the messy hair
and a little dab of pastel for the rosy cheeks and eye shadow.

Out came my old jeans again - I thought the pale denim
would contrast nicely with the pinks and greens -
and they became the cover.

The little girl was machine stitched on top of the cover
along with a few ribbons - the 'Cute As A Button' one
fitted well I think. 

Between the card base and the top fabric is a layer
of thin wadding to give the books a slighty padded feel.

Here's what the inside looks like.

This was something a bit different, but I enjoyed the challenge.
Thanks for looking x


Deborah said...

Wow, Sherry, your talents know no bounds! Your cute as a button books are adorable.

Jenny said...

They are both beautiful Sherry... love those sweet ribbons... and your little girl is adorable... she certainly is as cute as a button... your work is amazing...

Jenny x

Createology said...

Very clever of you to do something out of the ordinary with ribbons. Your little covers are ribbonlicious. Serene Sunday...

Jester said...

These are fabulous, Sherry; so sweet and such a clever way to use the ribbons.

Meggymay said...

Wow, amazing projects, you are so clever with your maching stitching.
Yvonne x

Unknown said...

You Ms. Crafty Person! I do so enjoy your fantasy, love how you used those fabulous ribbons, these are supercute! Ira x

Jan said...

Lovely and clever way of using the ribbons and of course to include one of your beautiful little faces.Both are really pretty xx

SusanLotus said...

So sweet and creative!
Have a lovely sunday!

Mrs A. said...

Love your notebooks to pieces especially the girly one. Fits the ribbon wording perfectly. Hugs Mrs A.

Terry said...

How special are these notebooks? What a great way and clever, I might add, to use ribbons! Fabulous!

Luna Art said...

So pretty! They are both lovely but my fav is the one with the girl on! I just love all the ideas you come up with!x

Gini said...

Oh now she is just adorable Sherry, you make the prettiest Ladies evah!
I can never think of what to do with ribbon and you are such an inspirational ribbon user - I just need to look and learn ;-)
P.S. She looks very Pan's Peoplish.

Estelle Grace Tudor said...

Fab, you are so creative! The ribbons are lovely but you took them to the next level - well done x

Lins Artyblobs said...

Book covers - What a great idea for ribbons! The girl is so cute and I'm taken with the ribbon with the washing line.

Vicky said...

They're absolutely lovely - so clever and inspiring. I love the little girl - so cute, reminds me of a rag doll my Mum made me wheh I was small. :)

Would never thought of colouring fabric with distress stain - thanks for the tip. xxx

Margaret said...

Beautiful Sherry! I love the girl so much, very clever! Mx

Clare said...

Just beautiful