Make Your Own Embroidered Constellation Notebook
Customize plain pocket notebooks with a trendy constellation motif using mini brads from the scrapbooking section and a simple embroidery technique.
- vinyl-covered pocket notebook
- printable constellation stencils
- corkboard or cutting mat
- mini star-shaped brads
- embroidery needle
- metallic embroidery thread
- embroidery scissors
- metallic cardstock
- glue stick
- oil-based gold paint pen
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Punch Out Constellation Shape
Choose your favorite constellation from our collection of printable stencils, or create your own using a 3.5 x 5 sheet of paper. Tip: Personalize the notebook with the constellation representative of the recipient's zodiac sign.
Open up pocket notebook, then tape stencil atop corkboard or cutting mat. Using a pushpin, punch holes in the notebook to create both the constellation points and holes for the accent embroidery thread. Remove stencil, but keep nearby for reference.
Create Design With Mini-Brads
Use star-shaped mini brads (available in the scrapbooking section of your local craft store) to create the main star points of your constellation. Insert brads from the front of notebook, then open up on the back of the notebook cover to secure. Tip: Use the star-shaped brads in holes marked with a shar shape on your stencil.
Embroider Between the Stars
Using gold embroidery thread and a wide-eyed embroidery needle, separate 4 thin threads from the embroidery floss, double the thread and knot the end. Sew between the star-shaped brads using a straight stitch. Sew up through the holes closest to the star brads, then down through the center holes. Tip: To conserve thread, plot out your stitches before you start: With this pattern, for instance, starting at the base of the "dipper" allows you to sew the design in one straight line. When finished, tie off and cut excess thread.
Add Scrapbook Paper Inside Cover
Once the sewing is complete, cover up your stitches by adding a scrapbook paper lining. Simply trace around the front cover, then use a glue stick to adhere the paper inside the cover.
Personalize With a Gold Paint Pen
Using a gold paint pen, add a few clusters of stars around your constellation, then personalize with the recipient's name or their zodiac sign. Tie closed with another length of gold embroidery thread.