Lady Bug Notebook
Iron-on threads are a fast, fun way to embellish blank books. Whether you’re going back to school, giving a gift, or buying a new calendar book, look for covers you can embellish with your own style.
- Kreinik 1/8" Iron-on Ribbon 6010 Pearl
- Kreinik #16 Iron-on Braid in 6130 Red
- Black cardstock
- red metallic paper
- small hole punch (round holes)
- mini iron or household iron
- Kreinik Press Cloth or Adhesive Press Cloth
- blank book or notebook with plain cover
- glue stick
Note: if your iron is not Teflon-coated, you will want to use a press cloth between the thread and the iron, or apply a Kreinik Adhesive Press Cloth to your iron (several sizes are available). Apply the Adhesive Press Cloth while your iron is cool and unplugged.
- Turn your iron onto the highest heat setting and let it heat thoroughly.
- Meanwhile, cut your black cardstock to be the shape of a ladybug’s body (1 ¾” long x 1” wide at the largest body part). Use our photo as a guide.
- Cut your red metallic or foil paper to resemble wings. Punch three holes on each wing.
- Using the Pearl 1/8" Ribbon, iron on flower petals as shown in our photograph. Lay the thread at a starting point, cover with the Teflon press cloth, and press for several seconds until the thread adheres.
- Continue this way, working the design in sections. Make loops as petals, five petals per flower. Make flowers of different sizes.
- Using the red #16 Braid, iron curly q’s in the center of each flower. Make a center dot by ironing the thread in a tight, tight circle. In the flower, iron a red trail off to the side.
- At this side thread end, glue your black ladybug body using a glue stick. Glue the wings on top. Use the red braid to iron on antennae.
- If desired, make circle decorations elsewhere on your cover by ironing the red braid in tight circles.