It’s about time I’ve been able to get back on here and post something. I guess all I can say is that I really have a 2 year old ;). I had made this journal a while back to give to my husband for our anniversary.
He journals a lot when he does Bible studies, quiet time, writes songs, etc, so it’s a perfect gift. I’m planning on making a few more for some Christmas presents for those who like to write, draw, journal, etc.
I’m going to share a tutorial for how I made the journal cover. I know journal covers have been done before, but I tried to make one the easiest and fastest way I could. And a sneak peek…
…this is a tote bag I did using the same method. See further down for pics.
What you need:
-2 pieces of felt
-2 Buttons (for closure)
1. Sew two pieces of felt together
2. Place journal on top, so it is in the middle, and measure how much to cut off. Make sure to leave about a half inch or so extra around the bottom and top edge (I forgot to do this and ended up gluing the cover on, but if you sew the flaps, it can be reused on other journals later).
3. Cut off excess felt at the bottom and on the sides if necessary. Make sure to leave enough on the sides to fold over to create the flap.
4. Lay the piece of felt right side up. Take your scraps and just start placing them all over.
5. Pin all the pieces in place.
6. Sew the them all on however you like. I just kind of went crazy with it. No order or anything to the fabric or the sewing. Just did what I felt like. It reminded me of how my child does art. It seems chaotic, since she is only 2, yet comes out really cool anyways.
7. Cut two small pieces of elastic. It should be long enough to be sewn onto one inside flap and come over the journal side to the top to loop onto a button.
8. Pin the elastic where you would like it to hold the journal together at. Sew it on.
9. Then, cover the ends with a small piece of fabric and sew that on.
10. Fold the ends in and place the buttons to line up with the elastic. Take journal cover off and hand sew on the buttons.
11. Place the cover on the journal again and fold the flaps to the inside and sew together at the top and bottom to create the pocket to place the journal cover (unlike what I forgot to do :).
The Tote Bag:
I basically did the same thing. I took a blank tote,
Covered it in scraps.
Pinned them in place.
Sewed them on and added other embellishments (crocheted flowers, felt heart, embroidered stems on the apples).