This week it is my wonderful friend Lyn’s birthday. Lyn has been a great support to me over the years, she “adopted” me when I moved to Melbourne, and has always been one of my “Melbourne Mum’s”. So I was looking for something special for Lyn. Lyn looks after grandchildren 3 or 4 days a week, and is always in the car, or dashing around to things like gymnastics or swimming. She has often bemoaned that she always forgets a notebook or book to read when she is out travelling – so the idea of this present was born.
The Notebook/Journal cover is a fast and easy gift, with a pocket to hold the notebook, an extra pocket for receipts/notes or even your kindle, a pouch for your pen, and a magnetic closure, this cover is quick to make, and will be an immediate hit. I customise the designs for whomever I am making it for – ensuring that it is always personal, and made with love. I have used the Antique Rose – Bullion Rose Collection design here to suit Lyn
45 x 30cm piece main fabric (I love using denim)
45 x 60 piece lining fabric – I have used a white homespun
20cm contrast fabric for the binding (or use a fat quarter)
45 x 30 piece of stitch and shape
Stabiliser, Bobbin thread for embroidery
Sewing thread to match fabric
1 set magnetic closure
All seam allowances are 6mm
- Enlarge the attached pattern to full size (currently at 50%), and print out. The finished size of the pattern should be 42×23.8cm.
- Using the pattern, cut a main fabric, stitch and shape, and two lining pieces. Set aside all but the main fabric.
- Mark up the embroidery placement lines, with chalk marker, and hoop together the main fabric and tear away stabiliser.
- Embroider the Antique Rose design 4 onto the fabric. Once completed, remove embroidery from the hoop, take away any excess stabiliser, and press.
- Lay the embroidered fabric on top of the stitch and shape, and mark up for the magnetic closure.
- Place the first side of the magnetic closure through the main fabric and stitch and shape.
- Turn the stitch and shape and main fabric over, and lay the 1st piece of lining fabric on top. Take the second piece of lining fabric, and fold and press ¼ of the way across the fabric. Lay the second piece of lining on top of the first to form the pocket.
- Place the second side of the magnetic closure through the 2 layers of lining fabric, and stitch and shape.
- Press all 4 layers of the journal cover together to bond the heat and shape to the fabrics.
- Mark up the pocket placement lines, and stitch through all of the layers
- Take your binding fabric, and cut bias strips to go all the way around the journal.
- Attach the bias strips to the outside of the journal, and hand stitch to complete.