Monday, December 10, 2012

{Tutorial} Zigzag Patchwork Journal

What is it... December 10th? Uh-oh, is your list of to-make gifts a wee bit too long at the moment?  How about a quick, easy gift idea, especially right for those teachers, thinkers and artsy types? 

Zigzag Cover Tutorial

That would be a patchwork journal.  Obviously.  As part of Freespirit's 12 Weeks of Christmas, I've prepared a tutorial for this ZigZag Patchwork Journal.  It's made to fit a standard composition book.  You know, the ones often made by Mead with black, plaid covers?  It's a reusable and could totally look "manly" in the right fabrics.  What's not to love?

Zigzag Cover0020

You'll find the ZigZag Patchwork Journal tutorial up at the Freespirit blog today.  I used Denyse Schmidt's Chicopee fabrics in corduroy to make a soft, cuddly treat I'm hoping someone won't be able to resist (fabrics provided by Freespirit).  If you fancy a different style cover, you can also follow my more general Journal Cover tutorial to whip up that gift even faster.  A little improv scrap sewing and boom, you're done!

Untitled Freespirit put together a blog hop with 12 gift tutorials created by bloggers.  Should you be still on the hunt for the right gift project, pop by these blogs for more ideas:

Oct 1 - Bijou Lovely
Nov 12 - Fat Quarterly
Nov 26 - Sew Sweetness
 
And guess what, Freespirit is giving out gifts too! Comment on this post to enter to win a Tula Pink charm pack for her Birds & the Bees collection.


I'll draw the winner tomorrow afternoon.  Good luck!

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Our random winner is comment #130 by Melissa of Child of the Wild Blue Yonder.  I'll be in contact!

200 comments:

  1. Lovely cover! I really need to make a few so this is perfect :)

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  2. I love these journal covers . . . such a great gift. Thanks for the chance.

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  3. Great journal cover, thanks and wonderful Tula fabrics, hope they come my way!

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  4. I need a new Kindle cover and I think that I could rework this pattern to fit...thank you for the giveaway it would make a great stocking stuffer (for myself of coarse)

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  5. I have been loving your journal covers for a while, so thrilled to see a tutorial! I am also loving those birds and bees fabrics. It would be the best christmas ever if I could add those beauties to my stash!

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  6. So cute and I could use the charm pack!
    lisamcgriff(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  7. This is a fun cover. Love the fabric for the charm pack.

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  8. I love this. It really is a great idea for a student or an artist ... I think we all know someone who would like it1

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  9. Great cover! I made some journal covers this past weekend. Also, LOVE all things Tula.

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  10. What a pretty idea. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.

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  11. Love the zigzag! Would love to add the charm pack to my stash. :)

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  12. i like your fabric choices. thanks for the tutorial.

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  13. We are doing a small Christmas this year (after many years of over-doing it), and maybe one of these journal covers would make a good gift for my mom! This fabric giveaway is lovely -- I think the print with the trees and the roots is so cool!

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  14. What a wonderful give away. I made a couple of your journals, Rachel, and the recipients love them. Thanks your great ideas. bevarnold123@comcast.net

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  15. The journal cover is wonderful. I might just translate the idea onto a pouch today! The Birds and the Bees line is gorgeous. I love the addition of purple.

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  16. Thank you for your tutorial. I've been struggling with a few notebook covers lately. Maybe I can get it to work right this time.
    Thanks for a chance to win that amazing charm pack! Look at all those prints!

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  17. Thanks for such a generous giveaway!

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  18. I'VE ONLY THREE GIFTS LEFT TO MAKE. THANKS FOR THE IDEAS.

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  19. I think i will make one for my daughter for her stocking. thanks for the giveaway. lisaursino@msn.com

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  20. Great tutorial!!! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!

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  21. Thank you for the tutorial---I should make one of these to carry in my knitting bag.

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  22. I love your tutorials! Thanks for the chance!

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  23. Such a cute cover, but all of your work is great!

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  24. Love your tutorials! Have a few bookmarked - will make when time permitting! :) Beautiful fabric - thanks for the chance to win!
    Ase
    aseostebo(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  25. Great tutorial - I love zig zags! And thanks for the giveaway!

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  26. To make some covers is on my to-do list. thanks

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  27. Great tutorial- if I find some time I might attempt it :D

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  28. I love your journal cover tutorials. I made a few for gifts this year. :)

    elisabeth [dot] woo @gmail.com

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  29. Following your tutorial is on my list for a Christmas gift this year. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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  30. I think I might have to make one for my sister-in-law!

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  31. I love Chicopee! I am finally breaking into my jelly roll after seeing your gorgeous churn dashes!

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  32. I love all of your journal covers.

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  33. This is a great gift idea! I am running out of time to make stuff!

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  34. That zigzag is perfect for a journal cover! I must make one - if only I had some really cool Birds & Bees fabrics ....

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  35. Zigzags are so in right now - your project is great. Thanks for sharing.

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  36. I don't think I'm going to get any handmade gifts done for Christmas. I like your journal idea, though!

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  37. Thanks for the tutorial. It looks like fun!

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  38. Thank you Rachel for inspiration and a great tutorial! Those fabrics would make fantastic notebook covers, too! I really need to make some. X Teje
    nerospost(at)gmail(dot)com

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  39. I've been meaning to make some fun notebook covers, Christmas may be the perfect time! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  40. Great tutorial, I could sure whip up a few of these and since I bought a handful of the notebooks on "Back to School" clearance, they are great for my budget-mindedness this year.

    Thanks Again!

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  41. Such a cool tutorial and a great giveaway! Please pick me!

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  42. I sew need to make some journal covers, thank you for the tutorial!
    Wowee on the charm pack!

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  43. Those colors are amazing in your great giveaway. (I bought journals, but the covers are just not sewing themselves!)

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  44. Nice book! I have to make a few book covers for Christmas so thanks you for the tutorial! And thanks for this giveaway!

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  45. lovely cover and they would make great gifts, thanks for the tutorials and the give away!

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  46. It's gorgeous, I love making journal covers but mine are mostly with selvedges, I'm just putting this on my list to do this week - thanks for a great tutorial and giveaway

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  47. I just love these. I haven't stepped foot in the world of cover making, but I just might need to take the plunge. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway. That fabric is fantastic.

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  48. I love your journal, it looks fabulous in Chicopee! Thanks for the chance to win... bea968{at}gmail.com

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  49. Beautiful! You had me at "zig-zag"... and then when I read you used corduroy... I was a goner. ;o) I adore both, so combining them makes this project PERFECT in my opinion. lol

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  50. I'm so happy to see this tutorial today. I do feel the crunch of the holiday crafting. Why do I not want to make gifts in January for Christmas???

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  51. Thanks for the great tutorial. This is something that I can really use. And thanks for the pretty giveaway opportunity as well.

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  52. Those zig zags are lovely! I'm going to have to give this a try!

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  53. I already love your journal covers. Thanks for another design to use when making them! Love the Tula fabric, too!

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  54. I love this pattern! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  55. I love Tula Pink! Thank you for sharing

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  56. Great tutorial! And those Tula Pink colours are amazing!

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  57. Thanks for the tutorial. I made a journal cover for my mom for Christmas using your earlier tutorial. I think she's going to love it.

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  58. I love the journal cover, I think that I will give it a try for my daughters journal, I already made a cover for it but I don't really like how it turned out so I have been try to decide how I should make the next one. I hope mine turns out as good as yours. eatkin85@yahoo.com

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  59. I'm planning on having all my sewing done before Christmas Eve (some presents don't get given till the New Year - thankfully!). But journal covers might be the perfect small selfish sewing project for when the crafty cravings hit. I love to carry notebooks around, but am always deterred by how easily the covers are dog-eared and torn... Journal cover = perfect fabric-y solution :) x

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  60. Oh great idea! I've lived your journal covers and had the tutorial bookmarked for ages but never thought about them for Christmas. Perfect! Now I just need to find some more days between now and the 25th!

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  61. Love your journal covers! I've had your tutorial bookmarked for a while now, and I love this variation! I think I can eek out some of these for Christmas presents! THanks for the chance.
    nicolelhodge@yahoo.com

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  62. I love your tutorial!!! these are wonderful!!!: )

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  63. Love this journal cover. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  64. Your Journal Cover is precious. I like the idea of using corduroy. Thanks for sharing. I am smitten with the new Tula Pink lines. Thanks for the chance to win a great prize!

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  65. What a pretty version of your covered journal! I love how it turned out. :)

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  66. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE these Tula Pink fabrics. The journal is so cute. Knowing it feels so good to touch makes me want to whip one up with my Amy Butler corduroy.

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  67. Love the journal cover tutorial - espeaailly as it can be "bloke-ified" in the right colours!
    Thanks for a great giveaway too!

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  68. I've been using your first journal cover tutorial for teacher's gifts the past 2 weeks. I still have about 10 more to go, so I'll be using this new one.
    Thanks!!! I love the pattern on this one. :)
    Jen (Piggybaby)

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  69. I love your journal covers! Great gifts! Thanks!

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  70. Love making journal covers from your original tutorial so I'm bookmarking the zigzag tut and putting it on the to-do list! Thanks!

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  71. That is so cute! I need to make a few.

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  72. Your journal covers are always so impeccable. Thanks for the extra tutorial and the giveaway!

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  73. Very cute cover indeed and the charm pack looks ever so charming

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  74. I'll have to look at the tutorial, I love the zig-zag it feels so charlie brown, and I love this fabric line so thanks!

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  75. Thanks for the idea!, I have a Secret Santa due tomorrow so think I will try this instead of a pouch, looks stunning!

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  76. I love this line and I really love your little notebook cover. I might have to use that as inspiration for my ipad cover!

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  77. Ever since you posted your general journal cover tutorial, I've been planning on using it to make a cover for the guest book at my wedding next year. Thanks as always for sharing your skills and creativity!

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  78. You totally reminded me I need to get or make gifts for my daughters pre K teachers! Yikes

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  79. LOVE the zig-zag cover! Thanks!

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  80. The cover is lovely. I really want to make some of these!

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  81. I think that cover would be the perfect gift for my sister this Christmas (she's a teacher). Now I have to go poking through my scraps :)

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  82. Cute journal cover! And thanks for the giveaway!

    Amy
    amy-elisabeth(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  83. I had been using you journal cover tutorial for some xmas presents!!!!so Double thanks, one fot the tutorial and another for the chance to win beautiful fabrics to work with

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  84. I am not sure you can get enough ideas for gifts. I love the new tutorial, zigzag patterns are fun.

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  85. I love your project and the fabrics you chose for it work perfectly!! Thanks for sharing!

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  86. A great giveaway..and a beautiful tutorial!

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  87. Great Tutorial! Thanks - and thanks for the opportunity to win!!

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  88. Why are zig-zag designs so darn cute!? This line from Tula is just too much fun.

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  89. Love the tutorial! Cant wait to stitch one up!
    Thanks for the opportunity!

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  90. Who can go past a zig zag, thanks - I'm going to challenge myself and try changing this to an A4 size here in Australia. Thanks for the chance to win the Birds and the Bees too.

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  91. Lovely cover and beautiful material. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  92. Great journal cover and thanks for your giveaway!

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  93. Love the fabric - the geometric prints are REALLy nice. will have to make one of those covers, love the zigzag for the BOYS

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  94. Love those fabrics together for the journal!

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  95. Love that fabric combination and totally love chevrons and zig zags!

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  96. Another gorgeous cover!!! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!!!

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  97. Journal covers are just so wonderful! I'm still loving Chicopee too! thanks for the giveaway

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  98. this tutorial popped at the exact time I was sitting here, scratching my head over what to make for the teachers this year. thanks!

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  99. So cute. I've decided to use a wire-bound planner this year, so this might be just the thing for me. Many thanks.

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  100. Love the journal and how inventive to use triangles!

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  101. Those squirrels are adorable, thanks11

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  102. Your journal cover has been on my to-do list for some time! The zig zag version is cute too:).

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  103. Your journal cover is great - you're so creative and inspirational. I have a couple of pieces of that Tula Pink collection and bought them just because I liked them, but then didn't know what to do with them. Having the charm pack would solve that problem easily! Happy Holidays to you!

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  104. Oh I love this fabric collection! And your journal cover is great!

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  105. This one is right up my alley.

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  106. Great idea for a quick gift! I love it.

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  107. The journal cover is a great gift idea. I have bookmarked it for after the holidays. I would love to win the bundle of Tula pink.

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  108. This journal cover is awesome!! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  109. Adorable! I've got just a few people to finish up and these journal covers are perfect. Thanks!

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  110. Beautiful, as always. I've also been oogling Tula Pink's new line. I would love to win a charm pack!

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  111. Great idea, journal covers, I love your colour combo, is is gorgeous. thanks for the giveaway and have a happy Christmas.

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  112. Your journal covers are always so wondeful! Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  113. So excited to make a few of these covers. Thank you!

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  114. Love your journal covers and a chance for a Tula charm pack! Happy Holidays, too!

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  115. Such a charming cover ... I love the zigzag detail on it!!!
    Also, thanks for the great giveaway! That really is a delightful range!!

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  116. I so love this cover, once Christmas sewing is done, I'm excited to make one.

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  117. Oh I know exactly who I'm going to make that journal cover for!! Thanks.

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  118. Very cute, Rachel! Saw this on the FS blog. :)

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  119. Cute tutorial! And I love the Tula Pink fabrics!!

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  120. Yes, I really do need to get going on my Christmas gifts to avoid the last minute panic - thanks for a great idea and tutorial!

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  121. Thanks for the tutorial Rachel! I'm going to have to make one for a teacher gift. It's too perfect!

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  122. might have to try one of these.. it's so pretty!

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  123. You always make the greatest journal covers and they are on my to do list. Have to admit that the colors of the charm pack are just what I need for a quilt I am making for my niece. Her favorite colors are purple and orange.

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  124. I love this Christmasy blog hop goodness! And the Birds & bees is awesome. Woul dbe a very happy little girl if I got to take these home with me!
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  125. Love the zig zag journal cover - these books make such great gifts, especially for teachers!

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  126. Love the fabric and the zig zag journal. Thanks for fabulous giveaway!

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  127. Love your journal cover! It's such a great gift idea for those people that are a little bit harder to shop for.

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  128. Love your journal cover!! So pretty!

    Susie
    legato1958@aol.com

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  129. I love the journal cover! Hope I can find time to make some soon. And that charm pack is awesome, some of my favorite colors!

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  130. Have to love the birds and the bees.

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  131. your journal cover looks fantastic! thanks for the giveaway! The Birds & the Bees is such a beautiful fabric collection!

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  132. Very neat journal cover! I use a notebook with graph paper to sketch out quilt designs...I'll have to moake this cover for it!
    Thanks!

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  133. yikes - the 10th???? guess i had better get some packages in the mail! thanks for the tutorial and the giveaway! hope you have a lovely month!

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  134. Would love to win some Birds and Bees. Great tutorial, thanks Rachel.

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  135. Wow, is there really still time to make gifts for people? Sure!!! Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway. xo

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  136. Great fabric, so love Birds and Bees. Good tutorial as well
    Narelle Green

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  137. My DIL just showed me this collection yesterday and she loves it! So if I'm lucky enough to win this, I'll have to make something for her with it. Thanks for the chance!

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  138. Great tutorial. And an awesome giveaway. Thanks for the chance!

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  139. This is a lovely project with great fabric, of course. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  140. The zigzag is so fun! I love all of your journal covers. :)

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  141. Thanks for the great tutorial! Great fabric and I love the zigzag.

    Christina

    ball_ch AT telus DOT net

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  142. I love your journal covers!
    cjpike at indiana dot com

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  143. WHAT???? It's December 10th? How did that happen? I love the Chevron journal!

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  144. I love this one! Ok, I love all of your work! :). I have an especially soft spot for zigzags. Thanks for the turorial and the chance to win!

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  145. Wonderful tutorial! Thanks for the giveaway ......

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  146. awesome tutorial! Thanks!! happy holidays!

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  147. Love the jounal cover I literally just one made a few min. ago after reading the tut. Thank-you for that and the great give away chance.Becky
    derry04@yahoo.com

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  148. Thank-you for the jounal cover AND the give away chance.love your blog.Gil
    onehitters20@yahoo.com

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  149. Thank you for the tutorial and a chance to win the charm pack!

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  150. Freespirit is just one classy house. They have THE most talented designers, they treat their customers well, they are generous...I wish I could afford to buy from every line just because I love them all so much!

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  151. Very cool! I bet the journal cover is as soft to the touch as it is beautiful to look at. :) The wale on these corduroys must be fairly fine as you can't really tell from the photos that it's not quilting cotton. I would love to get some of this to work with, especially for a quilt back. :)

    P.S. I'm not entering the giveaway, I just wanted to let you know I love this project!

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  152. This is one of my favorite lines, Tula pink has such a brilliant sense of design, thanks for the great tutorial i know just who to make this for!

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  153. Your journal cover is very cute. I love the fabrics too. I would be glad to let them come live at my house. They would have lots of stash friends to play with.

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  154. super cute journal cover! the colors are terrific. and i adore the birds and the bees, but strangely haven't bought any yet. weird.

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  155. Thanks for the tutorial! This is perfect for teacher gifts. Thanks for a chance to win the fabric too!

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  156. I love this fabric! Glad I stopped by today. I have so many gifts to make and doll orders to fill. AND, at the same time I am determined to enjoy the season and all the meaning behind it.

    Thanks, Rachel! :)

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  157. love the tula pink! i love the plaid look here too- very pacific northwest!

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  158. I love Tula Pink thanks for the gievaway :)

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  159. Your journal covers are amazing and they make the perfect gifts! Thank you for the tutorial, and for the chance to win this gorgeous fabric!

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  160. I love all your journal covers. I am hoping to make myself one for next year but the clock is ticking.

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  161. Thanks for the tutorial - great idea for last minute gifts!

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  162. Thanks again for another fun tutorial. Of the fabrics I have to say I love the ladybugs the most.

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  163. Such a great idea! Thanks. chickadeejess@hotmail.com

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  164. Wow, birds and bees...soooo nice! Thank you!
    Jeannette (jeabee2000[at]aol[dot]com)

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  165. Thanks for the idea/tutorial for making the last minute gift.
    jchiagan at yahoo dot com

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  166. Well, I would love to win such a wonderful charm pack!!
    I love your zigzag journal cover, very inspiring!

    murielvanderploeg at planet dot nl

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  167. The Birds and Bees fabrics look lovely. Thankyou for the chance to win some!

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  168. Love your journal cover . The Birds and Bees fabric would be very welcome in my house ! Thank you .

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  169. Lovely journal cover, and I love love love this fabric!! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  170. Birds & Bees...I'm in love! Thanks for chance to win!

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  171. I want to try the journal cover. Lovely!

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  172. Ivana
    thank you for sharing this, again lovely
    ivana.tvrdonova@post.cz

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  173. Great journal cover and I love the fabric too!

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  174. Beautiful journal cover and I would love to win those fabrics!

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  175. Awesome journal cover. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  176. I have your first journal cover on my to-do list and now I will add this one. Thanks!

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  177. Love the journal cover ~ I've been meaning to make one for a while now and I love zigzags.
    Thanks so much for the giveaway ~ I love anything Tula Pink!

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  178. I could definitely use a couple more easy Christmas tutorials. Love your journal and LOVE the Tula Pink fabric. yummy!

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  179. Another great tutorial - teacher gifts ahoy! Love that Tula Pink fabric, thanks for the chance to win x

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  180. Nice tutorial! I love the Tula Pink fabric :)

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  181. Very cute! I love the orange plaid. Tula Pink, you can't go wrong there, The birds & the Bees are awesome! Thanks for a chance to win!

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  182. love the zig zag on the cover and tula pink is my favourite fabric designer!!!

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  183. I've been admiring this fabric collection!

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  184. I plan to make a journal cover for the new year. Have been eyeing this fabric line awhile. Love the little squirrels. Merry Christmas

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  185. Great tutorial! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  186. What a great tutorial. I would love to win some fabric. :)

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  187. I'd love to get my hands on some the the corderoy. Do you know who online might be selling it? I love the zigzag cover!

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