hand-made book

I made this book for my sis-in-law Ashley for Christmas.
For some reason the moment I drew her name
I knew I wanted to make her something. I literally haven't made a book in over a year and forgot how hard it was.
I made the fabric just like I did my Ugly Sweater party invites.
I love the way the bicycles turned out.
I did a hand stitch on the binding called the coptic stitch.
It's a little tricky at first, but you get the hang of it.
If you want to make a coptic book you can find a video on the stitch on youtube.

I don't know why, but when I gave this little wrapped present to Ashley I was super nervous. I guess after spending so much
time it's more important if they like it.
I threw in some red lipstick just in case.
And yes, one day a tutorial.


Rae said...

Aww, that is the best gift ever! I bet she loved it. BTW, I'm not giving up on nagging you to make me an oil painting to hang in my apartment one day. :)
Love the bikes!
Awesome work Chels. That is the kind of gift someone loves forever.

Ken and Marty said...

Wow - that is really cute. Good work. That is quality stuff you could sell.

Rachael and Dan said...

that is the coolest book i've ever seen! you crafty little thing you!

Ashley said...

Just in case I didn't say it before... I LOVE this notebook! Excellent job. It was a perfect gift considering my number one favorite thing is a good notebook. I didn't realize you made the fabric. Super fancy! ALso, lovin the red lipstick. (Ask Alden how many times I asked him if I could buy it... haha) Can't wait to wear it on a night out in San Fran.

Brooke said...

So pretty, what a lucky girl!