DIY Liberty Print Vintage Floral Journal Craft

So if you haven’t guessed this already, I am pretty much obsessed with anything floral! I have a large collection of floral fabrics, which is growing all the time. Most of them were donated by my lovely Mam and Grandma, who have huge collections themselves. Some of these prints are very special to me because they’ve formed part of my childhood memories sitting on quilts in the long grass on summer days. 
So on a similar lazy summer day I decided to update my Moleskine notebook with something a little more summery. Simply take an old notebook, some fabric scissors, your favourite scraps of fabric and some fabric glue, and I’m sure you can figure out the rest 🙂 I also used some pins to help me measure out my squares, and I find that pretty cosmetic tins provide ideal storage. 

The best places to buy fabric 

-Charity shops are brilliant for selling cheap cotton tops for 99p, which gives you lots of fabric at a fraction of the cost of what you’d pay to buy it by the metre 
-Ebay has a huge variety of fabrics to choose from, and it often comes in bundles of mixed patterns, which is perfect if you’re going to make a patchwork quilt
-Cut up old clothes: Do you have something which you don’t wear anymore but the print is so gorgeous you don’t want to throw it away? Cut it up and turn it into something new! This works especially well with old baby clothes which can make lovely sentimental quilts 
-John Lewis has a wonderful selection of gorgeous fabrics. It can be a bit pricey at around £15 per metre, but it’s worth it if you want to make something really special.
-Samples from Upholsterers retail at around £1 a square- perfect if you just want to make a cushion or a small craft project
Ask your Gran! 😉 if she’s anything like mine, she’ll have a cupboard full of beautiful old fabric scraps from the 50’s and 60’s as a testament to her post wartime thrifty ways! If you’re really lucky she might be able to teach you how to sew too…
Did this post inspire you to make your own creation? I have a million different ideal about what I want to do with my ever growing collection, so I’ll keep you posted! 
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