Team Spirit Album Cover

 

Team Spirit Album Cover
By: Marlis Bennett

Project Overview

This unique notebook cover is a great way to show school spirit. Use design cards and/or scanned designs to represent mascots and symbols. Stitich over Sulky Puffy Foam to give a permanent, bold, raised look to the design.

I chose Sulky Tear-Easy becasue it is easy to use and it doesn't add bulk when you are double stitching. Sulky has many excellent stablizers, so finding the perfect stabilzer is easy. 
--- Marlis

About the Artist

Marlis Bennett - Lubbock, TX

Marlis Bennett

Marlis has two passions in her life, sewing and teaching. As a Training Consultant for Bernina of America, she is able to combine the two. Before coming on board with Bernina, she taught French and German at the high school level. She has also inspired many sewing students in Lubbock, Texas and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

A Texan by choice, she was born and raised in Europe. She and her husband have two sons.

Supplies

  • Sulky Tear-Easy™ Stabilizer
  • Sulky Puffy Foam™ in colors to match your thread choices
  • Sulky Bobbin Thread
  • Photo album or binder
  • 1/2 yd. of 60" woven fabric
    (for the sample we used a stable lightweight denim)
  • 1/2 yd. of batting
  • Sulky 40 wt. Rayon Thread in colors matching the school logo and mascot
  • 2 yds. of piping
  • Bernette Deco 600 Embroidery Machine
  • Bernette Deco Scan II with blank memory card
  • Bernina Serger with Multi-purpose foot
  • Bernina Sewing Machine with Bulky Overlock Foot #12 or #12C
  • Standard and Large Embroidery Hoops
  • Design Card #1
  • Bernina Design Card #101 (Suzy's Zoo)
  • Fabric Glue
  • Tweezers
  • Washable Fabric Marker

Spine

  1. Lay the binder flat on the right side of the fabric and draw all around the edges with a washable marker. Draw two vertical lines to mark the spine of the binder.
  2. Place Tear-Easy behind the area of the fabric marking the spine and hoop them together in the large hoop with the spine area in the center.
  3. Thread the top with a Sulky 40 wt. Rayon in a school color, and the bobbin with Sulky Bobbin Thread. Use an Embroidery needle size 14/90.
  4. Insert Card #1 into the Deco Embroidery Machine. Program the name of the school using the script alphabet in the medium size.
  5. Use the TRIAL function of the Deco 600 to check the placement of the lettering on the spine. When it is as desired, stitch the school name along the spine.
  6. Release the fabric from hoop and remove as much stabilizer as possible from the back of the design.

Front

Plan the design for the front of the cover, marking the center position of each desired design to aid you in positioning and stitching them onto the cover. On the cover shown on the photograph, the school initials, mascot name, and student initials were programmed into the Bernette Deco 600 using Design Card #1; the tiger paws were scanned using the Bernette Deco Scan II; and the tiger design representing the school mascot was taken from the Studio Bernina Design Card #101 (Suzy's Zoo).

Puffy Foam School Initials

Using Card #1, program the initials of the school in large block letters. Adjust the thread density to the maximum setting.
  • Using the standard frame, hoop the cover fabric with Tear-Easy Stabilizer behind it.
  • Spray Sulky KK 2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive on the back of a piece of Puffy Foam that is slightly larger than the initials and place it on top of the fabric within the hoop.
  • Embroider the initials, stitching through the Puffy Foam.
  • Remove the hoop from the machine, but do not remove the fabric from the hoop.
  • Snip the foam in all places where there were no stitches to perforate it.
  • Carefully tear away the rest of the foam without distorting the fabric.
  • Reattach the hoop to the Deco Machine.
  • Stitch the design a second time over the original stitching.
  • Release the fabric from the hoop and remove as much stabilizer as possible from the back of the design.
  • From the wrong side of the fabric, use tweezers to pull the threads at the places where the foam was snipped. This will snug the stitches on the right side of the fabric. Secure the loose threads to the fabric on the wrong side with a dab of fabric glue.

Mascot Name

Using Card #1, program the name of the school mascot in medium size script letters
  • Using the standard frame, hoop the fabric with Tear-Easy Stabilizer under it.
  • Stitch the mascot name on the front of the cover as desired.
  • Release the fabric from the hoop and remove as much stabilizer as posible from the back of the design.

Student Monogram

Using Card #1, program the student's initials in the desired size of script letters.
  • Using the standard frame, hoop the cover fabric with Tear-Easy Stabilizer under it.
  • Stitch the initials of the student in the lower right corner of the cover.
  • Release the fabric from the hoop and remove as much stabilizer as possible from the back of the design.

Mascot Design

Select a design that represents the school to stitch on the cover.
  • Using the standard frame, hoop the cover fabric with Tear-Easy Stabilizer under it. Place Puffy Foam on top of the fabric within the hoop.
  • Stitch the interior portions of the design through the foam. Use the Forward Stitch function to stitch over the same areas a second time.
  • Stitch the outer portions of the design (not the outline) once.
  • Remove the hoop from the machine, but do not remove the fabric from the hoop.
  • Snip the foam in all places where there were no stitches to perforate it. Carefully tear away the rest of the foam without distorting the fabric. Stitch outer colors again.

Optional: Use a sewing machine to sew a satin stitch (1.5mm -2mm) around the edges of the design.

School Symbol

Use an original drawing of the school symbol and turn it into a stitchable design with the Bernette Deco Scan II.
  • Trace school symbol (tiger paws) onto scanner paper.
  • Set scanner with 5.0 density, color with satin stitch outline, 1mm wide.
  • Scan the drawn outline of the design.
  • Lay black construction paper over the design, leaving the alignment dot visible.
  • Scan the design a second time (the screen will be black).
  • Save the design to a memory card following the directions on the screen.
  • Remove the card from the scanner and insert it into the embroidery machine.
  • Hoop the cover fabric with Tear-Easy Stabilizer under it. Place Puffy Foam on top of the fabric within the hoop.
  • Stitch the complete design (including outline) one time.
  • Remove the hoop from the machine, but do not remove the fabric from the hoop.
  • Carefully remove the excess foam. Reattach the hoop to the embroidery machine. Forward search to the outline of the design and stitch it again.

Sewing Directions for the Cover

Note: Seam allowances used are 1/2".
  1. Open the binder flat over the embroidered designs and redraw perimeter lines if needed, adding 3/4" to each end (shorter edges) and 3/8" to the upper and lower edges.
  2. Cut out the cover and back it with batting. Place the piping on stitching lines of the front cover matchiing the raw edges. Using Bulky Overlock Foot #12 or #12C, and construction thread, stitch the piping in place. clipping the seam allowances at the corners.
  3. Cut the inside cover the same size as the outside cover. Divide the inside cover into two pieces by cutting down the center of the spine area. Back these two pieces with batting. Turn the two cut edges under 1-1/4" and straight stitch to secure them.
  4. Cut a strip of fabric approximately twice as wide as the spine of the binder and as long as the cover. Finish the long edges of this center strip by turning each end under 1/2" and straight stitching to secure each end.
  5. Lay the inside covers on the embroidered front cover, right sides together, matching the outer edges. Lay the center piece, right side down, over the inside edges of the front cover pieces.
  6. Using the Multi-purpose foot, serge with construction thread around all four edges of the cover, sewing on the previous stitching line (piping). Turn the cover right side out, turning the center strip with one of the inside cover pieces. Insert the binder into the cover.