Quilt As You Go (QAYG) tutorial
for a fabric covered journal
is an easy way to make a quick gift
Please read the entire tutorial before you begin!
UPDATED - July, 2015
New photos and cutting measurements.
RSU (Right Side up)
RST (Right Sides Together)
WRU (Wrong Side Up)
This is a scrappy version for outside cover
Fabric for lining and flaps
Batting and a Composition Book
Up to at least 22" long. Sizes will vary and you will
see this as they are sewn on.
Strips can also vary in width to give a more scrappy feel.
OPTIONS: Jelly roll strips or solid pieces of fabric
Cut batting piece 14 "x 18"
OPTION: Sew batting scraps together
Trim batting edges even, butt them together and zig zag
Lay first strip across the batting it RSU, at an angle
near the center of the batting
Lay next strip on top of first RST
Sew using 1/4" seams
Alternate sides when adding strips
Press open flat
Continue to sew down strips
IF using scraps strips seamed together ...
make sure seams are staggered.
Continue adding and pressing
Cover the entire batting piece with strips.
Flip the piece over
Trim the outside cover to 11" x 16"
Flip it back over!
Cut Lining Piece 11" x 16"
Cut 2 Inside Flap Pieces 11" x 14"
Now you have 4 pieces for the journal
Outside cover, Lining and Inside Flaps
Cut a small piece 2" x 3" for the pen loop
Press the short sides in 1/4" and stitch them down
Fold in half (lengthwise - 3" side) and Press
Place the pen loop - raw edges out
2" down from the top on the left side of the outside cover
Stitch down 1/8" seam allowance
Finish the flaps (see photo below)
Fold the pieces in half WST - lengthwise
Press and Top stitch down the fold
(they now measure 7" x 13")
Layer it up!!!
External piece Right Side up
(pen tab is still on the bottom right)
Flaps are placed down - raw edges to the outside
Lining goes on top - RIGHT SIDE DOWN
Because the journal cover has "curved corners"
Draw a curved seam line 1/4" from each corner
as a guide when you are sewing it all together.
PIN all layers together!
Sew all around using 1/4" seam allowance
Leaving a couple inches at the bottom for turning
the project right side out...
Clip corner curves
Turn project Right Side Out
TIP - I luv to use a "chop stick"
It is long and skinny to reach the corners easily
and not to pointy - helps avoid poking thru the seam
Press all around the edges
Sew a scant 1/4" top stitch all around the project
Slide the Composition book inside the flaps
TIP - fold the composition book outside covers
back together - away from pages
Then they will slide right into the cover!
I did add a pocket on the front flap of my journal...
I may update this tutorial later for that.
For now, make one without the pocket!
Add a pen into the pen loop
Here are some other journals I made
using full strips, and larger pieces or just one piece
for the external piece designs