Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Journal cover tutorial

I have made my journal cover to fit an A5 art diary which is 6.25 inches wide, and 8.25 inches long. If your journal differs from these measurements, the method of construction will remain the same, but you will need to alter the measurements to fit.

Requirements:
A5 journal
fabric scraps
lightweight fusible Pellon
linen
ribbon
From your favourite fabrics scraps, cut seven 1.75" squares and stitch them together using a scant 0.25" to form a strip. This strip should measure 9" x 1.75".


Open up your journal to lay flat and measure the total width. Mine was 12". Multiply this measurement by 1.75 to determine the width of pellon rectangle to cut. The height of the pellon rectangle should be the height of your journal + 0.25".

So for my journal, I cut a pellon rectangle 21" x 8.5".


With the fusible side of the pellon facing upwards, mark the centre of the longest sides. Place your patchwork strip 4" to the right hand side of centre and with 0.25" overhang, top and bottom. Press carefully with the point of your iron, just enough to fuse the strip into position.


From your linen, cut one small rectangle 5.5" x 9" and one larger rectangle 15.25" x 9". Pin the smaller of these rectangles, right sides facing, to the right side of the patchwork strip.

Stitch this seam using 0.25" seam allowance. Flip the linen back across the pellon and press. (From the back, your fabric should overhang the pellon by 0.25". This avoids bulk in the seam later).
Repeat this step with the larger rectangle of linen, stitching it to the left side of the patchwork strip. Press.

Using a matching thread, topstitch three rows of straight stitching, 0.25" apart to the left hand side of the patchwork strip. You can also add a marker ribbon at this point. Cut a piece of ribbon 1.5 times the length of your journal (mine was 12" long). Stitch the ribbon to the top edge of the cover, 1.5" from the centre, towards what will be the back of the cover.

Turn the raw, short ends of the rectangle under by 0.25" and topstitch. With the right side of your journal cover facing upwards, turn each of the short ends in by 3.75" and pin.

Cut a coordinating piece of fabric to form the lining of the cover. Mine was cut 9" x 9". You can overlock or zigzag two edges of this lining fabric, but it isn't necessary. Pin in place over the journal cover, matching centres. If you have added ribbon, make sure it is tucked in out of the way. Stitch the top and bottom seam using a 0.25" seam allowance. I also overlocked these seams, just for strength & neatness.

You should now be able to turn the entire journal cover in the right way & press. Hopefully, the outside should look something like this:

And the inside should look something like this:

Insert journal and enjoy! Please let me know if these instructions don't make sense! Have fun & be sure to send me a photo if you make one! Best wishes, Bloom.


And if you'd like a ducky little fabric basket to match, like this one, be sure to visit Pink Penguin's tutorial here.

I have made a variation of this journal cover incorporating a stitchery design here.

74 comments:

  1. another great tutorial, thanks so much, you make it look easy. Does the journal fit inside the fabric basket?

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  2. This is MARVELOUS!! I can't wait to try it. Thanks for your wonderful tutorials.

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  3. Brilliant tutorial! Such a beautiful project. I'll be adding it to my to-do list... ;o)

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  4. Simple and lovely! Great tutorial too!

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  5. Wonderful! I know just who to make these for. Great gift idea. Thank you!

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  6. Love it! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  8. I love this! A beautiful fabric combination and such a great way to make something fairly utilitarian look very swanky. I'll be giving your tutorial a go!

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  9. Thank you - what a great tutorial - I've been looking for how to make something like this for a while.

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  10. Hi! Thank you so much for adding this tutorial to the Make & Tell Monday meme. It was so nice meeting you. Feel free to jump in every Monday!

    Gina

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  11. Thank-you very much! Your cover is lovely, and your tutorial easy to follow. I had been wanting to make a cover for my notebook for ages, and now I have because your work made my work much quicker. Many thanks - now i want to cover all my notebooks like this ;-)

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  12. I LOVE these journals! The work is beautiful and I can't wait to try one.
    I have a question though: what type of linen do you use? I always think of linen as thin and wrinkly and not washable. Can you give me some suggestions?
    My email is: bschramm26 (at) gmail.com
    Thank you!
    Beth S.

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  13. Hi there!

    I just wanted to let you know that you've inspired a newbie sewer to create four of these beautiful journal covers. Thank you so much for such an inspiring and easy tutorial. I've posted about it here.

    Thanks!

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  14. Thanks Ros, I used this tutorial tonight! Will take some pics in the morning. Big thanks, Jodie

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  15. it´s beautiful! I´ll make a lot of these, thank you for the tutorial, it´s perfectly explained.

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  16. I've made one finally for a smaller notebook! Thanks
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/29577744@N06/3715620170/

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  17. Thank you for the tuorial. I've sewn the journal cover for my colleagues. You can see that on my blog :-)))(www.skittylu.blogspot.com)
    That is so easy and so great. Thank you.

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  18. I love this cover. I made a journal cover using your tutorial as inspiration. It was alot easier that I anticipated. The cover fits perfectly. Thanks for taking the time to create just a tutorial. You can see the cover I made at www.judycreates.blogspot.com

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  19. When I came across your blog and saw this journal cover I knew I had to make one! I am a beginner at sewing so mine didn't turn out as flawless as yours but I like it anyways and I think I will make some more. I posted about your tutorial and my results on my blog. Thanks!!!

    http://ritablogandtryit.blogspot.com/2009/09/livys-journal-cover.html

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  20. A fab tutorial! Thank you! I'm going to use it to cover my daughter's school journal. Lucy x

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  21. Your notebooks are just gorgeous.... i know quite a few people who'll be receiving these for Chrissy this year.
    Thanks so much for sharing.

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  22. Thanks for your great tutorial on the journal cover. The pattern was easy to follow and turned out great thanks

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  23. OK - I'm new to sewing and really love this. I already made my fabric strip but my journal is more square so I need my rectangle to be 28.5x8.5...in that case, what size would I cut the two separate pieces of linen? I'm so confused.

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  24. Hi Bloom!

    Thanks for the tutorial - have made one of your lovely journal covers. It's so fabulous that you could share it with the world =)

    I've linked you at makemoremessless@blogspot.com

    Thanks again :D

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  25. this will be my next project...thank you for sharing the tutorial..:)

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  26. Hi again Ros...I finally make one journal cover..:) Here it is http://chez-vies.blogspot.com/2010/02/slightly-wonky-journal-cover.html

    Thanks for the great tute ^_^

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  27. Thanks Ros for the great tutorial. Whipped some up this morning (will have them on my blog on Wednesday)
    I will certainly be making more of these xx

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  28. Love your journal cover. It is so cute and can be adapted to fit everyone's personality :) I'll be linking on Facebook.

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  29. I love it! It's so cute!
    I've linked on my blog.
    http://chiarahandmade.blogspot.com/2010/05/tutorial-da-web-quaderni-e-quadernini.html

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  30. Thanks for this. I am new to blogland and so enjoying visiting and also finding help when I need to do a project! I have just used it for a Christmas Journal. Thanks... I'll be visiting again....

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  31. Nice effort, very informative, this will help me to complete my task.

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  32. I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! Keep up the good work.

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  33. Bloom,
    Hi! I'm from Brazil and I loved your blog. Thank you for the detailed tutorials and congratulations on a whim in his productions. A strong Brazilian hug!
    Fran (artemysia.blogspot.com)

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  34. Just popping in to say a big Aussie thank you for this great tutorial.

    I've just this minute finished two of your journal covers as Christmas presents. They look fantastic thanks to your clear and easy to follow instructions.

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  35. What a fantastic piece of work, so nice of you for sharing this tutorial, great step by step instruction and easy to follow.

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  36. i've try this tutorial.. amazing..
    thanks for sharing.. :)

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  37. May I ask where you get your linen for this project...Love the look and shade of this color....

    Shannon Margaret

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  38. Your tutorial is very easy to follow, I will try it out this weekend with my daughter, thanks

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  39. Thanks for the tutorial!!

    Regardss

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  40. Merci de partager ce post, tres utile et bien écrit, félicitations
    Et aussi super blog

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  41. SO many times I read stupid post but this time I must say i'm impressed! Well done! Cheers!

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  42. I just love this tutorial and I've been making them left, right and center. Feel free to check out the one I made and posted on my blog today.

    http://www.brandiwiggins.com/2011/09/another-sewn-agenda-cover.html

    Cheers,
    Brandi

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  43. Genius! I just finished a book cover according to your tutorial and it was like magic when I turned the whole thing inside out at the end. Thank you so much for taking the time to show the rest of us how to make them!

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  44. Thanks for this tutorial. When I was first reading through it I wasn't sure I'd be able to figure it out but as I went step by step things worked out JUST perfectly....well, if I'd measured my notebook correctly from the beginning. Anyway, just thought I'd post a picture of my completed project which is a gift for my Gramma.

    http://pinterest.com/pin/85568461639711036/

    Thanks again!

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  45. I was looking for journal cover inspiration for a gift that I'm sewing up tonight and I think I found it! Great post - I'll be linking your tute later!

    Merry Christmas!

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  46. Great tutorial! Thank you! I made one for my Mother in law for Christmas.

    Shared at https://www.threadbias.com/projects/journal-cover

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  47. I finally linked your tute and wanted to tell you that EVERY. SINGLE. PERSON. loved this notebook! Huge, huge hit and so fun to make. Thanks so much!
    http://sewstudio.blogspot.com/2011/12/last-minute-gifts.html

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  48. delighted i found your notebook cover instructions. I love this and am excited to start making some. you directions were clear, and easy to follow... thank you =)

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  49. Quel beau tutoriel !
    Merci, je vais essayer d'en faire un.
    Peony

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  50. What a great gift idea! Can't wait to start using my cute scraps that I refuse to throw out :)

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  51. Hi...I just finished making this a few minutes ago. I love it!! But sadly I don't know how to post a picture of it.

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  52. Thank you! I just used your tutorial to make my journal swap gift. The front is different but it was the construction part I needed. Worked great & easily understood. Tracee xx

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  53. Thank you very much for the nice tutorial. As i am using up fabric scrap, this was very welcome! Actually, I was too stupid to get the point about the lining. I see that you didn't cut it the same size as the rest. Mine is now a bit thick, as you can see on my blog. Due to the fabric I used it has a real alpine touch, don't you think? Once again thank you, love your blog!!

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  54. Thank you for a super duper great tutorial.
    Love it!

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  55. Just made one [July 2012] - will be adding a picture to Flickr soon. My Flickr name is 'amyinuk'. Thank you for your tutorial - I think I 'favourited' lots of your notebook/journal covers on Flickr as well, even before finding your blog and tutorial from 2009 I see!!! Such a simple but gorgeous and effective design! Got confused at the lining bit but got there in the end :) Thank you!

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  56. I saw this tutorial over at Tip Junkie. You have some really great projects. I am your newest follower. I was never really taught how to sew, but I like doing sewing projects and embroidery. They just sometimes take me a little extra time. Tutorials like yours make it a lot easier to figure things out. :)

    http://www.laurascraftylife.com

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  57. Just tried making one and i'm confused about the lining. When I did mine, the edges were ragged. Can you be more specific? Do I sew the lining inside out and turn? I can't believe I can't figure this out. I'm so embarassed...

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  58. Hello I want to thank you for your instructions I just used them to cover a address book for my sister for her Birthday it turned out awesome.Thank you so much Patty

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  59. Just made a huge "Jumble Of Journals" using your tutorial. Love them! And your tutorial! Thanks so much! Check out my blog post for details and pics: http://cottoncellar.blogspot.com/2013/01/journal-covers-are-finished.html

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  60. Thanks for the great Tutorial... I had to adjust the measurements but it turned out great. Thanks a bunch.

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  61. Wow this is a fantastic tutorial.
    Thank you so much.
    I just made my first version of this and blogged about it here http://lizofdandeliondaydreams.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/journal-cover-and-my-new-favourite.html
    This is totally my favourite tutorial ever. Off to check out the variation.

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  62. Very beautiful! I'm gonna try it soon (as soon as I will repair my sewing machine....). So far I have only done little coin purses, I love them but I want to improve and do something else...more difficult!
    Thanks for sharing this!

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  63. Thanks so much for this great tutorial and inspiration! I love it, I'm obsessed with my planner and got to dress it up! Today I posted about the version I made (inspired by yours) and linked to you as the original source, right here: http://paintingsunny.com/2013/05/03/before-the-blog-pinterest-inspired-projects-part-iii/

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  64. Thank you! I made one last week for our road trip journal as a gift for my boyfriend.
    Great tutorial, so fast and easy.
    I listed you as a source, check over my blog (http://ruzovysob.blogspot.sk/2013/05/cancak-road-trip-journal-cover.html)

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  65. Thank you so much for a great tutorial. I made few of them, and link you on my blog. You can see it at www.handmadebyhanki.blogspot.com.au

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  66. Brilliant tutorial, wonderful for birthday presents, thank you :-)

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  67. I'm just about to start four of these for my son's teachers. So cute! Do you remember what seam allowance you used for the squares?

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  68. Looking for a way to make a zippered Bible cover and stumbled upon this tutorial. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Namaste,

    Lyric
    sew and cro dot com

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