tips and tricks


There are some great accessories that can be added to the inside of your project, check with your local office supply store that would carry planners, and specify the 8.5 x 5.5 size. Day Runner® has the most widely usable options in that size. Clear zipper bags, business card holders, etc.


Stitch a book binders are vinyl 3 ring notebooks made in the U.S. with high grade recycled vinyl and high grade recycled boards. They hold 5.5 x 8.5 inch paper.

Colored Paper

You could get colored paper and cut it in half, landscape style, and 3 hole punch it and use it for an art pad, or for those who just like unlined paper.


Here is an alternative way to do a cookbook if you already have your family favorites on your computer: Start with a Word Document, but change the margins to accommodate 5″ width and 7″ height margins. Print or cut and paste your recipes in that format. Buy a package of UNLINED 5 x 8 index cards at your local office supply store. When you print on these, make sure to print just the even numbered pages at first. Then you flip the cards over, and print the odd numbered pages. You may want to practice a few times to perfect the routine.


Get good cotton fabric. Select your fabrics for the books as you would for an important quilt. 100% cotton is the best. I have used pleather and leather like fabrics for Stitch a book projects and they work fine as covers. Please use the appropriate size sewing needle in your sewing machine for these projects.

Light Box

A small light box is helpful when making novelty covers with Steam a seam.

Novelty Covers

Please make at least one basic plain cover before trying the novelty cover. The pattern will make more sense. This is the funnest way to use your own quilting style and creativity to achieve a great look. If you have made a novelty-covered Stitch a book and would like to share it, please take a picture of it and email or send it to me, for possible addition to my “Pictorial Gallery” page.

Cover Instructions

After reading the cover instructions, and knowing what size you want to make, I have marked my cutting mat with a highlighter for convenience.

Quilt Batting

There is no specific type of batting that would be more advantageous to use. Play with some scraps first, to see what works best for your project. Keep it relatively light weight.

Spray Glue

Love it to secure the batting on the quilt cover.

Steam a Seam

Love it, use it on all of my books that have words. Here are the instructions for a novelty cover that have words. Manufacturers instructions from Steam a seam will be included with your purchased pattern.

Instructions for Steam a Seam

  • Take a piece of white paper and cut it to your designed size. For a novelty front cover, you would use a 5.5” x 8.5” piece of paper.
  • Write out your words,extending the beginning letter and last letter of each word, all the way to the sides.
  • Embolden the words with a felt pen, so they are about 1/8” thick.
  • Turn the paper over and redraw the words on the backside of the paper.
  • Cut a piece of Steam a seam to cover the words and ¼ inch more.
  • Retrace the backward words on to the Steam a seam.
  • Peel the unwritten side of the Steam a seam (making sure the sticky side is attached to the written side) on to the back side of the fabric, and steam it according to the instructions.
  • Carefully with very sharp medium or small scissors, cut the words out. You actually have 2 option, the words themselves, or the relief of the words.
  • Pull the other Steam a seam protective cover off, and carefully place where you want the relief of the words or the words to be. Steam it according to the instructions.