Today I bring you not one but TWO journal covers! I confessed my love for journal covers in this post a few weeks ago. I'm still enamoured of them. These are my new favorites. Until I make another one, of course.
Let's start with the big one.
Oh yeah, did I mention I also have a thing for Dresden's too? Yes. Yes I do.
Here's what you'll need:
You'll also need a composition book for the journal (standard size ~ btw they also make these with gridded paper ~ perfect for sketching quilt designs!) Base fabric (I used linen) and a backing fabric. Honestly, I just used a heavy weight muslin for this. It's never seen. Plus it adds a little sturdiness. You can get fancy and use a print if you'd like. For the Dresden blades and center, scraps will do. The base and backing are cut to 16 1/4" x 10 3/4" (basically, an inch taller and wider than your book, allowing for a 1/2 inch seam allowance.) Not pictured: one hair elastic, one uncovered button, to be turned into a covered button, and fabric for the side flaps, 2 pieces, cut 10 3/4" x 5 1/2".
Aside from the usual rotary cutter, mats, rulers, I used a Dresden ruler. You can get it lots of places. I highly recommend one. I think you'll find that you'll use it for all sorts of things. If you just want to make a template out of cardboard or template plastic, here are some dimensions.
Let's make the Dresden plate. First, cut your blades. I experimented a bit with the size, and this fit the best on the journal cover. You'll need 20 of these. I had 7 fabrics, so cut three of each and had one left over.
Once all the blades are cut, arrange them in a circle. Make them look pretty!
I hate to bring this up, because we were have such a good time, but at this point, you need to press the circle. And, you need to press the seams open. I will do almost anything not to have to press seams open, but in this case we must. Sorry.
Back to the fun stuff. Take your journal cover front, and give it a little press down the middle. We're going to center the Dresden plate on the spine of the cover. (Of course, you can put it anywhere you want!) Line up the plate on the seam, centering it top and bottom as well.
Almost done! Time to layer it up. Place your cover, right side up. Then place your side flaps, right side down, with the finished edges towards the center.
Lay your backing fabric on top, right side down.
Turn your cover right side out through the opening, give her a good pressing. Hand stitch the opening, add a covered button to the front and voila! You're finished!
Whew! Ready to make the small one? Much quicker. Besides, you're an expert by now!
How cute would this be for a stocking stuffer? Or for you to keep all of your gift lists, receipts, menu plans?
Front and lining, 7.5" x 5" (I used osnaburg for the lining, which you'll see later, not a great choice. Should have stuck to muslin.) Two inside pieces, (3" x 5"), hair elastic, covered button garnish. Finish the side flap pieces like above (fold, fold, stitch.) For a super easy, faster way, you can use selvage edges from your fabric, like in this scrappy version:
For the closure, cut your hair elastic so it's one long piece. (Cut your hair elastic on it's seam.) Tack it to the front left side (which will become the back of the cover) stitching in about 1 1/2" from the side and 1/8" away from top and bottom edge.
Layer your pieces as before: Cover, right side up (keep the hair elastic on the left side), flaps, with finished edges toward center, then the inside of the cover, right side down.
Again, pin to keep layers from shifting. Stitch all the way around, this time using a scant 1/4" seam allowance, leaving a 2" opening for turning. Clip corners.
Turn it out!
See that mess at the bottom? That's why I wouldn't use osnaburg again. Oh well. Hand stitch closed. Add a decorative button (I sewed mine to the elastic.) Bring the elastic around from the back to the front to secure your mini journal cover.
Now go make a whole bunch of them for gifts!
Thanks so much for spending some time with me. I do hope you'll give these a try!