Eva Fabric Scrapbook

Hi, My name is Melissa Mortenson, I love all crafts, but my two favorite by far are Scrapbooking and Sewing. In this project I was able to combine both of them. There is a huge trend right now in scrapbooking to use fabric in your book, or to make embellishments out of fabric. When I got this layer cake I thought “funny, I have this scrapbook paper!”… Then I started thinking that the layer cake looked like pages in a book, so I thought, why not make a fabric scrapbook?
A layer cake makes a perfect base for a book!
I added canvas for sturdiness and fun ribbons & embellishments. I even printed words on fabric.
I think this would be perfect for highlights from a baby’s first year, or a grandparents album (nice and soft for little hands) or use Valentine’s themed fabric and make a Love album.

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1 Layer Cake, I used Eva by Basic Gray
4 10.5″x10.5″ squares of canvas
Cotton Batting (I used quilters dream cotton)
Heat n Bond Lite or Wonder under
Freezer Paper
Quilt Basting Spray
Fusible Printable Fabric I used, June Tailor Quick Fuse
Pinking attachment for rotary cutter
Binder rings (I used 1″ but would recommend 2″)

Grunge Board, by Tim Holtz, Buttons, Ribbons, Flowers, and other scrap booking supplies
Digital Scrapbooking elements, mine came from Ali Edwards & House of 3.

Here are a close up of all of my pages.  You will want to embellish and construct the pages to your liking, depending on your photos.
I’ll show the photos close up of the pages, then give step by step instructions for constructing each page.  Feel free to use whichever “patterns” of pages that you like best.

inside cover, with journaling. (yes I know there is a typo… I totally missed it!)
Page 1
Page 2
page 2 closeup
Page 3
Page 4
Page 5
Page 6
Page 7
Page 8
Page 8, close up
Inside back cover
back cover

To Begin:

Divide up your Layer Cake, I put mine in the following piles:
-feature fabric prints
-small fabric prints
I decided to make the “Feature” fabric prints in the Layer cake as my base pages. I have a total of 8 pages, plus the front and back covers.
To make the pages, you want to create “blocks” of fabric and “borders” with different fabrics. This will add interest  to your book.
Here is how I constructed my book:
** NOTE: I did NOT place wonderunder under all of my fabric pieces, so some of them did fray.. but that is OK with me.. if you want less of your fabric to fray, then back each piece that you cut (for borders etc…) with wonder under. This will help to reduce the fraying***
To Construct Page 6
Cut 5×10 piece of a smaller print fabric. Using quilt basting spray, adhere to the front of an uncut layer cake piece.
Using a contrasting thread (mine is green), stitch 5×10 piece in place.
To construct page 5
Trace a shape (i just traced a shape of chipboard that I had) onto wonder under or heat and bond lite.  Iron onto a layer cake square, sticky side down on wrong side of fabric.
Cut out and iron on to a layer cake piece.  Using contrast thread, stitch around the edges.
To construct Page 2
Cut a piece of fabric that is 2″x 10″
Onto the back of one side of the fabric, sew a strip of ric rac. Topstitch ric rac with contrast thread.
Cut a scrap of another fabric to 2″x10″. Sew each strip to top and bottom of uncut Layer cake piece.
To construct page 4
Trace a circle (like a lid or a soda can) onto a piece of heat n bond in a scallop pattern.  Iron onto scrap of fabric so that you will have 1″ on the other side of the scallops to use as a border.
Cut out.  Iron onto an uncut layer cake piece.
Cut another piece of fabric 1″x10″. Attach.
Top stitch both pieces with contrast thread.
To construct page 7
Most of my photos were 5×7.  So I made photo mats from them out of fabric that were 1″ larger than the photos, or 6×8, if you are using a 4×6 photo cut your photo mats (out of fabric) to 5×7.
Cut a piece of fabric to 6×8.
Place in center of layer cake piece, adhere and stitch down using contrast thread.

To construct page 8
Cut a piece of fabric to 8×8. Adhere and stitch down.
(you will adhere a 6×6 square photo here).
To construct page 1
Cut a piece of fabric to 5×8. Adhere and stitch down to fabric. (this will fit a 4×6 photo with space on the side for an embellishment).

Assemble the Pages
Before you print your photos, determine the sizes you want, and plan out how your pages will look.  Make sure you have a photo for each page.
Print your photos on Fusible Ink Jet printer fabric.  I decided to use a purchased package of printer fabric (instead of printing right on my fabric, like we will in the next step) because I wanted the photos to last, and this printer fabric is specially designed for photos.
Trim your photos leaving a 1/4″ border  of white around all the photos.
Using an iron, adhere the photos to each page.
You can stitch around the photo with white thread if you like (I didn’t).
To make the words:
Cut a piece of muslin to 8.5×11 (or you could use a piece of matching fabric, I just know that the ink shows up well on the muslin).
Cut a piece of Wonder under and adhere to the back of the muslin.
**note: the wonder under fused fabric DID work in my printer, I know it may not work in everyone’s. If the wonder under does not work, just use freezer paper on the back of the muslin (it has a bit more body).. You will just have to cut out your words, then adhere them to wonder under after you peel off the freezer paper (one extra step).
Run your fabric through your printer. Just use normal paper settings and set your print quality to best.
My images came from Ali Edwards, for Designer Digitals and House of 3… I’m sorry I can’t share them, they are copyrighted… but if you look around, there are lots of free digital scrap booking files available, or it is not expensive to purchase files. (or just print words out of your word processing program).
To Make Cover
Take one piece of your 10.5×10.5 canvas.
Cut a piece of one of the dark fabric prints to 6×8.
Cut a piece of solid fabric to 5.25×7.25
Iron 5×7 photo onto center.
Adhere to each other (use basting spray if you need to).
Stitch around edges with white thread.
Cut out words, peel off backing and iron onto cover.
Stitch around edges using contrast thread.
Repeat this process, for inside front cover, back cover and inside back cover (photos are shown)
inside back cover.
To Make Embellishments
I wanted a bit more dimension on some of my pages so I used Grunge Board. Grunge board is like chipboard except it is sewable, flexible and paintable (and washable, although I DO NOT reccomend washing this book).
To cover with fabric. Trace shape (simple ones are recommended) onto fabric using water soluble pen.
Cut out image out of fabric.
Adhere to front of heart.
Using basting spray to hold it in place, top stitch heart down onto page.
To make fabric flower:
Trace 4 circles onto a piece of fabric (I used the bottom of a soda can)
Cut out and fold in half.  Arrange so that the ends over lap and lock into each other (see photos) Use some spray starch to give the flower some “body”.
Stitch through center to hold in place.
Cut a small piece of dark fabric in a circle. Place over center of flower (fray the edges a bit to give it some dimension).
Stitch button to center of flower. (wait to stitch onto cover until last step)
To make ruffle border.
Using your pinking attachment to your rotary blade, cut 2 pieces of fabric, each 1″x 10″. Use the pinking cutter on both long edges.
Stitch together at short ends, so you have a piece that is 1″x 20″.
Run a gathering stitch straight down the center. Pull up on gathering stitches.
Place on your page. Pin well, keep flat,  and stitch right down the middle over the gathering stitches. Remove gathering stitch.
To make fabric rosette:
Cut a piece of fabric to 2″x10″. Use pinking trimmer on the edges.
Fold in half lengthwise, run a gathering stitch down long folded edge.
Pull up on gathering stitches until it forms a circle. Trim excess. Stitch closed.
Stitch button to center, stitch onto page
Adhere various embellishments to the pages. They will stick well, but not hold up to washing.
Assemble the book:
AFTER you are done with all of your embellishing, you are ready to assemble your book.
First you will assemble the inside pages.
Lay out your pages like you want them to turn as you look through your book. Put pages wrong side to wrong side.
Cut 4 pieces of white cotton batting to 10×10.
Spray back of each completed page with basting spray.
Make a “sandwich” one page on each side with batting in the middle. Make SURE all of your edges line up. Also DOUBLE check that both pages are right side up.
Using a walking foot (you do need it, I tried it without and it did not work as well). Stitch around all 4 edges.  Stitch about 3/8″ in from the sides. Pivot at corners and back stitch well.
Using your quilt ruler and rotary cutter with pinking blade attached, with firm pressure and keeping pages square, cut off 1/4″ off the edge of each side. Don’t cut through stitching.
It will look like this when you are done.
Repeat for all pages.
To Assemble Front and Back Cover.
Cut 2 pieces of cotton batting to 10.5×10.5.
Spray back of front cover and front inside cover with basting spray.
Assemble the “sandwich” with batting in the middle.
This time stitch ONLY around the 3 sides that will not have the ribbon closure.
Trim book with pinking rotary cutter the same way you did for the pages (you can’t trim after you attach the ribbon, it will cut it off ;-)).
Cut 2 pieces of ribbon to 12″ long.
Insert ribbon into center of cover, in between the layers. Pin in place
Stitch closed along entire edge.
Attach grommets, according to package directions, to all pages and front and back covers, 2″ down from top and bottom. Measure each page so that they all line up with each other.

Insert binder rings and you are done!!

1-2 books depending on how you cut your fabric. You could get 2 easily if you are careful and save your scraps.

Simply Modern Quilts

Boy (Route 66) Quilt…
1 Moda Jelly Roll Basics in Milk
1 Authentic Jelly Roll by Sweetwater
3 1/4 yards of coordinating fabric for backing, binding and pillow case
1 1/2 yards of Pellon Wonder-under fusible web
Soy Soft by Luna Batting
coordinating thread
Route 66 templates (located at the end of the Printable Version below)

Girl (Eva Flower) Quilt…
1 Moda Jelly Roll Basics in Sugar
1 Eva Jelly Roll by Basic Grey
3 1/4 yards of coordinating fabric for backing, binding and pillow case
1 1/2 yards of Pellon Wonder-under fusible web
Soy Soft by Luna Batting
2 yards Trim Trends Jumbo Ric Rac (1 3/8″) in Light Pink
coodinating thread
Large and Small Eva flower templates (located at the end of the Printable Version below)

1. Sew 32 of the basic jelly roll strips together using a 1/4″ seam allowance creating a background fabric for your appliques.

HINT: When sewing your Jelly Roll strips together make sure your strips match up end to end so you don’t get a curve in your finished piece. As you are sewing match the very tops together… sew a little bit… make sure your needle is in the down position, then pull the strips so that the folds match with each other holding it in place while sewing to that point… then while your needle in the down position again on the fold… pull the strips again so that the bottom of the strips match up together holding it in place while you finish sewing to the bottom of the strips. Repeat for each strip until all 32 strips are sewn together.

2. Iron the seams down all going in the same direction.

3. Separate your Authentic or Eva (or any other collection you wish to use) into color groups. Set aside 1 Jelly Roll strip that you wish to use on your coordinating pillowcase.

Sew the strips together in groups. For example… sew all the blacks together then set that group aside. Then sew all your creams together and then set aside.

For the Route 66 quilt… I stitched 9 black strips together and 9 cream strips together
For the Eva Flower quilt… I stitched together 10 purple strips, 6 pink strips and 6 green strips
4. Iron your seams down in all the same direction on both color sets. Top stitch your seams down as shown below.

5. Print out the template you wish to use (route 66 or eva flower or your own design), tape the templates together and then layout on your background fabric to see placement.

6. Iron on Pellon Wonder-under or your favorite fusible web to the back side of the colored fabrics. (just enough to fit your applique templates for each color.)
7. Cut out the templates you wish to use and trace them UPSIDE DOWN to the back side of your fused fabric. Cut out the pieces. Shown are the black pieces for the Route 66 applique.

8. Remove the paper backing and fuse in place to your background fabric.

9. On the paper template, cut out all the black parts so you should now be left with only the white section of the template.

10. Trace the template UPSIDE DOWN to the back side of your fused cream fabric strips.

11. Iron the cream applique in place. If you are using the Eva template then you can use the images towards the end of the tutorial of the flower quilt as a guide.

12. Sandwich your backing fabric, batting and quilt top together and safety pin in place. Please note… the width of your backing fabric may be slightly shorter than the quilt top. This is okay. Just try to match them up as close as possible. You will trim all the sides down to match up once your quilting is done.
13. Machine applique your iron-on pieces down. This will also help create the quilted look on the back side of your quilt.
14. To complete the quilting of your quilt, top stitch the seams down on the basic jelly roll strips. I skipped over the appliqued pieces since there is stiching around each of the pieces when you machine appliqued those pieces down. Bind and your quilt is done.

You will need your coordinating backing fabric, 6 strips from your basic jelly roll, and the 1 strip you set aside from your other jelly roll.
1. From your coordinating backing fabric, cut 27″ x Width of fabric.

2. Just like you did with the background fabric for your quilt, sew 6 strips together to use as your pillowcase flange. Iron the seams down 3 seams in one direction and 2 in the opposite direction.

3. Fold the sewn strips in half on the middle seam with wrong sides together. Press.

4. Top stitch the seams down using a 1/8″ seam giving the flange a quilted look.

5. Fold and Iron the coordinating Jelly Roll Strip in half lengthwise.

6. Match up all the raw edges of your coordinating pillowcase fabric, then the coodinating jelly roll strip, then the basic jelly roll strip flange.

7. Pin and sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Finish the edge with a zig zag stitch so you don’t have raw edges.

8. Open the seam so that the coordinating jelly roll strip folds down towards the pillowcase fabric. Top stitch the seam down on the coordinating jelly roll strip to keep the strip staying down.

9. If you wish to add applique to your pillowcase, do this now. I placed my stop and go appliques 4″ from the bottom and 4″ from the side.

10. Fold the pillow case in half with the raw edges matching up and the flange edges matching up. With a 1/4″ seam sew the raw edges down WRONG sides together.

11. Flip the pillowcase wrong side out and press all seams. Stitch again on the raw edges now with a 1/2″ seam. You are now creating a French seam. This will enclose all your raw edges so you will not have any visible threads.

Flip the pillowcase right side out and WA-LA a new pillow case to match your new quilt!

Simply Modern Boy and Girl Quilts for your special little ones.

Designed by Angela Yosten

Eva Patchwork Memo Board

Hi, it’s Melissa from the Polkadot Chair. I’m excited to share this memo board idea with you. I know that the memo board idea has been around for a while, but I thought this was a fun new twist on it. It is a great way to show off the beautiful Eva fabric and a perfect project if you are a beginning quilter. (the ribbon will hide your seams *grin*).
The charm pack is perfect to use with this since you will get to use a large variety of fabrics to add interest and color to your board. I designed this board with cork so that it could do double duty. You could use it as a memo board or a pin board.

1 Eva Charm Pack

1/4″ wide ribbon
Buttons of various sizes
1 piece of foam core (buy it at your local craft store)
1 package of cork tile squares
fusible fleece

Spray Paint

I designed my memo board to fit in a 12×16 frame that I already had (I spray painted it to match the fabric). This is the layout that I came up with to fit best in the frame. It seems like you will have extra squares, but you need to have enough give to wrap around the back of the cork and secure to the back of the frame.

Sew the squares together like this. Use 1/4″ seams.
Next assemble your board base.
Cut a piece of foam core to 12×16. Double check that it fits in your frame, it needs to be a bit loose to allow room for the fabric.
To cut the foam core just use your rotary cutter and ruler… use an old blade since it will dull your blade.
Cut and piece the cork squares to fit on the foam core pieces. You can also use your rotary cutter to cut the cork. Using hot glue secure at the corners. Cover the entire piece of foam core.
Next cut 2 pieces of fusible fleece the same size as the foam core. You are making a sandwich. It will look like this from the side. You will have foam core, cork board, 2 layers fusible fleece then your fabric.
If you wish, at this point add a monogram or applique image to one of the squares of your memo board.
Then, iron the fusible fleece onto the backside of your charm square piece on the section of it that you want to SHOW in your frame. DOUBLE CHECK it is in the right spot before you iron it on.
Next trim the fabric so that it is 2″ wider than the fusible fleece on all sides.
Now you will begin to lay out your ribbon. Begin at one corner and working diagonally, start by pinning ribbon the width of your fabric along the seams.
Next, start laying ribbon in the opposite direction. Every place that the ribbon overlaps place a pin. You will put a button here later. (make sure the ribbon is taught)
Using your sewing machine, stitch the ends of each piece of ribbon down. This will prevent it slipping when you hand sew on your buttons.
Using buttons of random sizes, begin hand sewing them on. You will sew them on each place the ribbon overlaps that will show in the frame.
Take your fabric piece and lay it over the cork/foam core piece. Using a hot glue gun, generoulsy glue the fabric and ribbon to the back. Make sure that you put a dot of glue under the ends of each piece of ribbon.
Flip it over and it will look like this! When you are done slip it into your frame and secure. Hang it up and enjoy!
1 memo board per charm pack.