How to Make Fabric Covered Journals
Hey there friends, it's time to show you how to make fabric covered journals. These are great springtime gifts, perfect for Mother's day, graduation, all the things.
These are so much fun and so easy to make and you can make them personalized with your fabric choices.
To make these fabric covered journals, you need a handful of supplies. Let me share them with you.This post contains affiliate advertisements. If you click one of these advertisements and then make a purchase, I may be compensated. You get the same great prices, and you will be helping to support this site!
- Sewing Machine (with needle and thread)
- Fabric (one pattern or two)
- Poly-Fil Low-Loft® Batting
- Rotary cutter and mat
- Tape Measure
- Composition Notebook
Measure your journal. Mine is a composition book, so the measurements are based off of these. Luckily, composition books seem to be pretty standard is size across different brands.
For this, you want both fabric pieces to start at 29-1/2″ x 11-1/2″. We will be using a 1/2″ seam allowance for this. Since we will be flipping this inside out and we don't need Structure in our seams and seam allowance, we want to cut our Structure down to our finished size, which is 28-1/2″ x 10-1/2″. And then we want our batting to be the same size as our fabric. We will be trimming it down as needed, as it likes to stretch and pull, so I like to start with it a little bigger than needed and cut it down.
We are using Structure to give stability to our fabric. If you aren't familiar with it, it's a fusible interfacing that helps hold the shape of our project and makes our soft fabric more hefty in nature. It's super easy to use, all you need is a dry iron to go with it. We will talk about how it is used when we get to this step. But I think understanding what it is helps make the measurements easier to understand as to why it's smaller than our fabric size.
I am making mine with a quilted finish look and want low loft batting along with the shape that Structure will give us. You have a choice if you want to do the same thing. You can either add your Structure to the outside piece (as I have done) or to the inside piece. The way to choose is to know where you want “the fluff” to be. I wanted mine to have a bit of batting, but since this journal is going to be used on the go, I really wanted the support from the Structure on the outer most side. In essence, we are making a sandwich, you get to choose which material you want to use where. It works great either way, so there is no wrong choice!
Choose which fabric you want on the outside of our journal. I went with the more colorful pattern for this and a soft pattern free pink for the inside of the cover.
Begin by ironing your outside pattern, we don't want it to have any wrinkles in it. Allow it to cool. Now we get to add our Structure. With this, all we want to do is put it shiny side down into the middle of our fabric. We should have a 1/2″ of fabric border around the Structure. Shiny side goes against the wrong side of our fabric.
Use a dry iron and work in sections. The directions say to allow about 30 minutes per section. We do get the best results when we follow instructions, so please don't rush this process.
Once your Structure is applied and cooled, we will add our Poly-Fil Low-Loft® Batting on top of the Structure. Pin away! I chose Poly-Fil Low-Loft® Batting because it's the “Goldilocks” batting of general crafting. It's not too thick, it's not to thin, it's just right. It's the everyday batting I go to every time.
Head to your sewing machine and decide if you want the quilted look or not. If you do, start with that. Either straight on or on a bias, start your stitching. Use a ruler to help keep your lines straight. My sections are about 3-1/2″ wide.
Once you are done with that, it's time to add your inside fabric's wrong side against the wrong side of your outer fabric.
Stitch all the way around except for a section to leave open so you can flip your fabric journal cover right side out. Stitch all the way around, trim off your corners and cut away any excess batting.
Flip it right side out and press. Finish stitching your opening closed.
We have our journal “blanket” made, it's now time to fold in our sides and stitch. Open your journal all the way on the inside piece of fabric and fold your edge over. I have mine right at 6-1/4″ folded over.
Pin each flap over, remove the journal, piddle your way back to your machine and do one long stitch across both the top and the bottom of your journal cover.
Add your journal and you are done!
You have this delightful fabric journal cover complete in about 45 minutes.
Thank you so much for stopping by to see this fun craft. I love making fabric journal covers, and I hope you find making them as addictive as I have! All you need is the right supplies and a wee bit of time. I can't wait to share more projects with you so keep coming back to Makeable Crafts for more ideas. XOXO, Meg