Friday, February 21, 2014


Fabric Covered Journal Tutorial
for a 
Composition book

Cut piece of light weight cotton batting 17" x 12"

Scraps must be long enough to lay across the batting at a diagonal
These are all 1 1/2" w x 22 - 42 long
You can also sew pieces together to make them long enough 

Lay first piece across, at a diagonal, right side up  

Second piece goes directly on top of the first piece 
 right sides together (RST)
Sew 1/4" seam 

Press seam open

Next piece  goes down other side of the first piece, 
sew it down, press open

Press open

Continue to sew and press building out the entire piece
sewing strips to one side, then the other 

Til the entire piece of batting is covered

Flip it over

Trim off the scraps along the batting edges

  Flip the piece over for a final trim

Trim to 15 7//8 x 10 3/4"

Now you will need a bit larger scraps or FQs
to make the two inside flaps (and the lining)

Inside flaps measure 13 1/2" x  10 3/4"

Press them wrong sides together (WST)

Top stitch the fold 1/4" for on both flaps

Cut a lining piece 15 7/8" x 10 3/4"  
  sewed two scrap pieces together, then trimmed, for my lining 

Make the ink pen holder tab 
Use a 2" x 3" scrap, press the short sides in and
sew down using a scant 1/4" seam

As you look at the journal piece 
Lay the tab on the right side, 2" up from the bottom
raw edges all together
this will be the back of the journal when it is all done.

 Layer the journal fabrics as follows
Front cover is right side up

Lay the two inside flaps with raw edges to outside 
folds are inside near the center

Lay the lining piece wrong side up  

Because the composition book has rounded corners....
mark a curved line on the corner for 1/4" seam allowance.  

Pin all the layers together securely, all around the piece
and sew 1/4" seam.  
Leave a 3" opening to turn the piece inside out. 
Check you seams before turning to be sure 
all 3 layers are stitched into the seam.  

Before turning right side out
trim and clip the curves in the corners

I love to use a plastic chop stick for poking out corners

Press both sides well, including the opening

Top stitch all around the journal cover using a scant 1/4"

I add my Kwilty Pleasures press on label

Insert the book by sliding one side at a time into the flaps
Fold the cover and the book back at the center at needed to
help slide them in. 

Add an ink pen and you are all done!





  1. I really love this tutorial and am going to try this. Thank you for sharing. Jeanne

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  3. Hi! It's hard to see in the picture, but what is the size of your composition book? I'm going to make a few of these for Christmas gifts. Thank you!


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