Tumbler Time Book Cover

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Last month we chatted about EPP (English Paper Piecing) & Hexies but today, I wanted to share another easy shape to create with this technique.  The Tumbler. Tumblers are a perfect shape for English Paper Piecing. Free pattern by The Sewing Loft The tumbler is considered a classic shape that is known for its straight lines. Mix tumblers together to with hexagons to create playful patterns.   Today, we are going to use this shape to make a snazzy new book cover for my sketch pad.

Tumbler Book Cover


The tumblers is a perfect shape for English Paper Piecing.  Free book cover pattern by The Sewing Loft

This project is for all levels.

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  • iron/ironing board
  • sewing machine
  • frixion pen
  • lapel stick

Basic Instructions:

  1. Print out the tumbler template on freezer paper and cut out.
  2. Measure your notebook height and then open it up and measure from end to end.  Add 1/2″ for seam allowance to both numbers.  My notebook measures 9 3/4″ h x 15″ w and my cut piece of felt is 10 1/4″ h x 15 1/2″ wide.  This gives me a small 1/4″ seam allowance all around.
  3. To keep my pattern straight, I marked a vertical line with a heat erasing pen.  Position tumblers in desired pattern and add a dab of glue to keep in place while stitching.
  4. Select an embroidery stitch and all around stitch. I like to work one row at a time. It is important to take your time when stitching. These stitches will be a visible detail on the cover of your book.

Use a tumbler template to create a simple to make book cover. Designed by The Sewing Loft  #freepattern #felt #EPP Now, to finish this book cover off, see the basic book cover post for the remaining instructions. The Sewing Loft


The material for this post was provided by National NonWovens.  I adore their felt and ever-expanding color palette!

Use a tumbler template to create a simple to make book cover. Designed by The Sewing Loft  #freepattern #felt #EPP

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  1. Super cute. What a fun and simple detail to add. It gives a very neat look.
    With Love,
    Al @ Shaffer Sisters

  2. I am in love with this! I haven’t used tumblers before, but I’m a big fan of hexis and other small pieces. I can’t wait to try this with felt!

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