Sunday, July 26, 2009

Easy Peasy Photo Album Covers

I am a good one to look at handmade things and try to figure out how they are made, I did not have to spent too much time on these covers though, they are easy peasy.1. You start by having your album handy, see...I can't tell you the fabric to cut, or the outside dimensions because every binder is different. You're going to need to measure around the outside of the album with the album closed, a cloth tape would work. Add about 3/4'' for seam allowance and space for batting. Cut the inner cover times 2 at the dimension of 12 1/2 by 12 1/2. place fabrics right side together. You can also add lace around the edges but I would recommend pre-gathered because it's easier to round the corners. You can go all the way around the outside edge with your lace, but I do the top only a lot of the times, it cuts down on the fru-fru- being placed on a shelf.
2. Get the hot glue gun handy and glue batting around the outside of the album, the covers fit better when they have a cushion applied under it.

3. Measure you album by placing the cover on it with the batting, pin where the binding starts, you will sew another piece of lace to make a complete square. On the binders edge, stitched to the right side of the fabric, make sure ends match-up.


4. Cut the frame size you want from cardboard. Glue a small amount of batting to one side of the frame.

5. Hot glue the fabric wrapped around the frame, pleat the corners in one triangle tuck.

6. Hot glue three sides of the frame to the album cover (leave upper side open for photo to slide in). Embellish with what you'd like, ribbon, silk flowers, buttons, etc.
Easy peasy. C&G Design

8 comments:

tina said...

I bought one of these at a thrift shop and really liked it!

Debbie said...

Oh sure!! Easy Peasey for you Dawn! Ha ha....You are a master craftsperson and I am sure this is an easy one for you but I got lost half way through. I must say that while looking at the photos before opening them, I thought the cardboard frame was another piece of fabric and I liked the look. Have you ever used a different fabric for the frame on the front? God I wish I was as clever as you. I can't wait until this winter to get back into crafts and learning from people like you. I am so busy right now. How the heck do you do so much? You have a huge garden too!! Great post my friend.

Jean said...

I'm with Debbie in that I was lost half way thru it but I guess you were not lost as yours looks great.

Lola said...

Great looking craft. I've seen these before & wondered how they were made. You sure make it sound easy. Not so for me. lol

Protector of Vintage said...

I, also, wondered how those albums were made. I received one as a bridal shower gift. Loved your pink post from yesterday!!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Good Morning Dawn. Thanks for sharing. I will have to share mine when I get it done. Beautiful post this morning. Country Hugs, Sherry

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Dawn, what do you mean raining Sunday evening? I see no rain out my door. Could you bottle up a case of the rain and send it my way? How a about a pic or two? I have forgotten what rain looks like. Thanks for stopping by. As always I love to have you visit. Have a wonderful evening. Country Hugs and Love, Sherry

Skeeter said...

A crafter use to make these and sell them in our craft store in Germany! They went out the door really quickly. She would Cross Stitch a verse on the front instead of make a frame. The main seller was "Memory's of Germany" but you can put anything on them. They are great...