Tuesday, January 15, 2013

{Sewing Project} Fabric Journal Cover Tutorial

Happy Wednesday friends!
Awhile back, I created this guest post for my friend Hani over at Craftionary.  An entire season has passed since it's creation - today I sit with my french press coffee snuggled on the couch with my 4 year old, wrapped in our favorite "green monster" blanket,  sitting by the window staring out into the sparkling snow. The timing is perfect for me to reshare this post on my site today, because one of the things I have restarted doing since the new year is journaling.
One of the greatest tools that I use that has made me a more grateful and happy person is to spend time each day writing down things that bring me joy. I told you awhile back why I started doing it and you can read that here. As you can see, they do not need to be big grand things, but the small stuff too. There is no wrong answer in journaling!  For example, tonight I may write about how I need to remember that my days having little ones home is limited to two years. It may seem like a lot to you, but when you have already had eight wonderful years of daytime kid snuggling - two suddenly doesn't seem like enough.  Or yesterday when I went out alone with my six year old, and he reached out, held my hand, and didn't let go. Someday too, that may not be the case, but I sure want to remember when it did.
 If you are new here, you'll notice I'm relatively new to sewing.  The handful{s} of projects I've completed come right out of necessity and are completely done without plan or pattern!  So keeping that in mind...I was given my first journal by a friend of mine around the holidays. I started writing in it then, but once the hoildays were over, I decided it needed a bit of a facelift.  Excited to use my sewing machine, I winged a new project.  I wish this was a quick explanation, but bear with me. 

Cut a large rectangle so that when folded in half, the fabric folds over the closed journal to create a flap or book jacket flaps. Fold the top and bottom seams so they are even with the journal edges.  Using an iron, press the seams you just created.

 Fold and make a seam on the other two sides of the rectangle. Press both that edge, as well as the edge of the book jacket flap where it folds over the cover.

 The first place we need to sew is along the edges I highlighted below. 

Place the book on the fabric cover and fold the pressed seams over to put the cover in place. Pin the flaps to the cover and gently remove the cover to finish sewing.

Once the flaps are pinned, you need to sew along the edge of the remaining sides to create two pockets for the front and back covers. Here's another view of this instruction:

When finished, slide the book into the flaps to see it's fancy new look!

But that's not all folks!
I decided to add a ribbon closure. For privacy...you know :)

I used brown thread to sew the ribbons on to show you how I did it. Please use the same thread color as your ribbon, so yours doesn't looks so noticeably "handmade". {I don't mind for my own.} Measure your ribbon five times the width of the journal flap. Start the ribbon on the inside part of the flap and then wrap around the outside of the flap and pin into place. 

Sew both ribbons onto the flaps {using the same color ribbon, remember?}, making sure to sew the ribbon only to the flap, and not the cover. Insert your journal, close the cover, and tie the ribbons to keep prying eyes away :)

Friends, do you journal? What are some things that make you happy?

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  1. Fabulous tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing it!

  2. I love that fabric! It looks so much more special now! :)

  3. With this beautiful journal cover and detailed tutorial, it's hard to believe you are still relatively new to sewing. I admired this when you originally guest posted this and I am admiring it again now. There are no limits to your talents, Sarah.

  4. I love this tutorial! Thank you so much x

  5. Great tutorial. The photos and text make the instructions very clear. I am pinning this now!

    1. p.s. thanks for stopping by my "This is ME" post. I am now following you as well :)

  6. Sew pretty! I'd like to invite you to participate in my Pin Me Linky Party. It goes Fri-Tue. I allow up to 3 links each week!

  7. I don't journal in the traditional sense, but do journal my ideas and brainstorming in a small sketchbook. Thanks for sharing the tutorial---it looks great! I look forward to trying it out on my "journal."

    I have also featured your tutorial on my blog post, 7 Tips for Creating a Sacred Space in Your Home. This cover would be perfect for personalizing Bibles or any other sacred book. I've linked back to you. :)


  8. I love the colour!! This would look great on a notebook :)

    1. I know - I love it too! So much better than the original cover :)


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