I’m not normally a garden gnome person. I don’t collect ceramic statuary for the garden. But I randomly found a copy of Gnomes in the library when I was a kid and something about the tiny people in their pointy red hats has just stuck with me.

So, when In The Beginning announced a fabric collection called Better Gnomes and Gardens… well, ok, I squealed and showed pictures of the fabric designs to a long list of very patient friends. And then I bought a bit more than was seemly.

Now I have gnomes and not a lot of plans for them.

journal, coveredBut I made a journal cover with some of them! I thought a gnome-covered garden journal might be a good birthday present for Mom. (Now that I’m looking at the photos, though, I have a totally different idea for how to put the front cover together. Isn’t that always the way???)

journal, coveredMore gnomes!

journal, coveredI used Rachel’s journal cover tutorial as a starting point. I lined the covers for durability and added a pocket in the back. And since I’d goofed on the first attempt for the gnomes on the inside cover, I converted my goof into a bookmark and included it in the pocket.

If this fabric was a bit heavier than it is, I’d make a gardening apron. It’d be pretty easily destroyed/stained beyond recognition, though, so I won’t. Maybe a picnic blanket with matching napkins? What does one do with an infestation of gnomes?


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