Use favorite fabrics to create a journal that reflects your style.

  • 1/2 yard each of print fabric (journal cover) and white flannel (interlining)
  • 1/8 yard contrasting print (journal cover tie; optional)
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine

Finished size: 7-1/2x10 inches


From the cover fabric and from flannel, cut one 14x29-1/2-inch rectangle.

From the cover fabric or contrasting print, cut one 1-1/2x42-inch strip for tie.

Sewing Instructions: Steps 1 and 2


1. With wrong sides together, layer the cover print and flannel rectangles. Zigzag or serge together to finish the edges.

2. Turn the short edges of the layered rectangles 3/4 inch to the flannel side; topstitch close to the edges to hem. With the cover print fabric to the inside, fold the two hemmed edges 6-1/2 inches toward the center to create a 14x15-inch rectangle. Sew 2 inches from each long edge. (See the diagram.)

Download the sewing pattern.

Sewing Instructions: Step 3


3. Turn the ends of the 1-1/2x42-inch strip under 1/4 inch. (See the diagram.) Then press the strip in half lengthwise with the wrong side inside. Open up fold and press under 1/4 inch along the long edges. Press the strip again along the center fold; stitch close to both long edges to make the tie.

Download the sewing pattern.

Sewing Instructions: Step 4


4. To reduce bulk, trim the top and bottom seam allowances according to the diagram. Position the tie as shown and topstitch in place to complete the journal cover. Turn the cover right side out and insert a composition book (the tie should be slightly to the front side of the journal cover).

Download the sewing pattern.


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