Sunday, April 5, 2009


I start with a composition notebook. You can purchase these at Wal-mart, the dollar store, where ever they sell paper supplies. They measure 7 1/2" x 9 3/4". To make the fabric cover, you need to either "build" fabric out of scraps, or you can make it out of "whole" fabric (not pieced). Approximate dimensions for the finished pieced fabric should be about 13 1/2" x 21-23".

When the outer layer fabric is pieced or cut to size, cut a piece of flannel the same size and edge finish all around the perimeter or serge the two layers together. (I serge mine).

Take the composition notebook and place on right side of flat fabric. Center it between top and bottom and side to side. Fold over the sides onto the journal and take a ruler and draw lines where the journal begins at the top and ends at the bottom like in the picture.

Sew on the lines starting and stopping with a backstitch. Trim down one side as shown on all 4 seams to eliminate bulk.

Press top and bottom areas through the center to be even with the seam area. Insert your journal to make sure you have a good fit. Make necessary adjustments. If you were careful when you drew lines to fit the journal, you should be just fine.

Now, you are ready to embellish. I really like to be able to tie the journal shut. You can make a belt, sash, run twill tape down the center, just sew tape or ribbon at the ends. Remember with ribbon and twill tape to fray check your ends prior to adding them.

I like to do different embellishments. Experiment and get creative. This one used felt, embroidery floss, a yo yo and a button. Most importantly, enjoy the journey and make it your own!!


Small House said...

Thank you for the tutorial! I just love these. Getting excited for the weekend already, so I can start making these.
Have a great day.

Kritta22 said...

I wondered how you did that!

It's just like covering books in high school!

Nedra said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you. Great tutorial

Momoo said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I think I should make one to use to take notes at my quilt club. I should get busy, we have a guest speaker on Wednesday.

Sherri said...

So cute...I'm definitely going to make one...or two...or three!

SewCalGal said...

I love your blogsite. Great pattern ideas too.



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