Photo Album cover using discharge paste

© Susan Stein 2010


  • Rubber stamp by Laura Murray Designs
  • Discharge Paste from Jacquard
  • 1″ sponge brush
  • Black cotton fabric
  • Plastic covered table
  • 1/4 yard of fabric for outside cover and flaps
  • 1/4 yard of fabric for lining
  • Thread
  • Rotary cutter, ruler, and mat
  • Sewing machine


Discharging using a rubber stamp

With the sponge brush, coat the rubber mat with discharge paste, being careful not to fill any negative spaces (dab up and down). The amount of paste you use will determine how distinct the image is. Work quickly so the paste does not dry on the mat.

Turn the mat face down on the fabric and rub over the back to transfer the paste. The paste will look wet but will not remove any color at this stage. Let dry.

In a well ventilated room, steam iron the fabric to discharge the color. Keep the iron moving at all times to avoid leaving a pattern of the sole plate on your work! You may want to hand wash the fabric to remove the odor of the paste. Touch up mistakes with a permanent magic marker.

Making the Cover

Measure your album when it is opened out flat. Add 1" to both the length and height for seams and ease. Trim the discharged piece to 3/8" from the edge of the image. Cut pieces of fabric for the top and bottom of the stamped image so it will measure the height you have determined plus seam allowances. Sew the strips to the image with a 1/4" seam and press the strips away from the image.

Add a piece of fabric to the right edge of the image so it will be approximately centered on the front of the album. Press. Measure the sewn piece and add fabric to the left side that will wrap around to be the back cover and allow for seams. Press and trim the fabric to your predetermined measurements.

Cut a piece of lining fabric the same size as the cover fabric. Cut two strips the height of the lining by 2 1/2" wide. Turn under 1/4" on one long edge and topstitch. Lay the two strips on the ends of the lining fabric, right sides up, with the hems toward the center.

Place the outer cover face down over the lining and side strips and pin. Sew 1/4" all around the edges, leaving a 2" opening on the bottom of the back section for turning. Trim corners and turn. Finish the opening with sewing or fusing. Press. Insert the album by slipping the covers into the flaps of the lining.

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