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Fabric Album Construction

January 28, 2010

I have received several emails with questions about my fabric album and how to make it or parts of it. I thought I would share the instructions with you. It’s really easy to make. It just takes a little bit of time to do it. These instructions are for the album base and not how I embellished the cover.

The cover is paper and not fabric and is from the Basic Grey Lemonade collection. I balled the paper up in my fist to crinkle it, then flattened it out and glued it down. I wanted it to look like wrinkled fabric, but it’s really just wrinkled paper.

I only use two glues when I scrapbook; scrappy glue by Heidi Swapp (it used to be by Magic Scraps) and Fabri-tac by Beacon. Both are wet glues and for different purposes. The Scrappy Glue is for pictures, paper and solid embellishments. The Fabri-tac is for ribbons, bling, and fabric. In this case, I used the Fabri-tac to glue the papers to the fabric album cover and the scrappy glue to glue the buttons and chipboard to the paper.

Supplies Needed:

  • Four 10″ squares of Eva Fabric (layer cakes are a great  choice)
  • Two 3 3/4″ x 10″ strips of Eva Fabric
  • Two 9 1/2″ squares of thin batting
  • One 3 1/4″ x 9 1/2″ strip of thin batting
  • One 3 1/4″ x 9 1/2″ strip of interfacing
  • Two matching colors of embroidery floss
  • Two 2 3/4″ large binder rings
  • Four large (the hole needs to fit the hinge of the binder ring) eyelets or grommets.

To create the sides of the album:

  1. Sew together all four sides, 1/4″ away from the edge, a layer of fabric square, batting square, and fabric square. Do this twice.
  2. Blanket stitch using two threads of embroidery floss all the edges of both album sides. Use a different color floss for each side. (Here is the tutorial I followed:

To create the album spine:

  1. Use fabric glue to adhere the interfacing to the inside center of a fabric strip.
  2. Punch two holes, 1 1/2″ apart, large enough for the eyelets at the top and the bottom of the interfacing/fabric.
  3. Set all four eyelets with the top of the eyelet on the fabric side.
  4. Insert the binder rings moving the back hinge to the interfacing side.
  5. Use fabric glue to adhere a strip of batting to cover the interfacing.
  6. Use pins to secure the last fabric strip over the batting/interfacing.
  7. Blanket stitch the spine together using two threads of embroidery floss.

Putting it all together:

  1. Whip stitch together using two threads of embroidery floss ( the long edges of the spine to the left edges of each album side. Use a different color floss on each side.

That’s it! It is really easy to do, I promise.

I wanted to share Debi Boring’s album. She decided to make a fabric slip cover for her Hiedi Swapp chipboard binder book. I love that! It turned out so pretty. I love that she used what she had in her stash.

Those of you that left your links last Wednesday, I wanted you to know that we will be linking you to the blog soon. We haven’t forgotten you.

Have a wonderful Thursday.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. Debi permalink
    January 28, 2010 8:30 am

    Gee Lori… Wouldn’t ya know you’d post how you made your beautiful fabric book AFTER I made mine LOL. Actually you were a HUGE help and gave me great pointers. (but oopsie…. I used 3 strands instead of 2 to stitch around the edges… whoops!)

    I still love, love, LOVE your album. It’s sooo cool how it’s so *floppy*. LOVE *floppy*!


  2. January 28, 2010 8:40 am

    It’s gorgeous!

  3. Gab permalink
    February 7, 2010 1:25 pm

    So pretty Lori, TFS the “how to”!

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