My Year of Gifting Embroidery – Notebook/Journal Cover

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

Antique Rose  Bullion embroidery designs by Julie Hall Designs

embroidery threads

Stabiliser, Bobbin thread for embroidery

Sewing thread to match fabric

1 set magnetic closure

Pattern for Notebook/Journal Cover (here)



All seam allowances are 6mm


  1. Enlarge the attached pattern to full size (currently at 50%), and print out. The finished size of the pattern should be 42×23.8cm.
  2. Using the pattern, cut a main fabric, stitch and shape, and two lining pieces. Set aside all but the main fabric.
  3. Mark up the embroidery placement lines, with chalk marker, and hoop together the main fabric and tear away stabiliser.
  4. Embroider the Antique Rose design 4 onto the fabric. Once completed, remove embroidery from the hoop, take away any excess stabiliser, and press.
  5. Lay the embroidered fabric on top of the stitch and shape, and mark up for the magnetic closure.
  6. Place the first side of the magnetic closure through the main fabric and stitch and shape.
  7. 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.
  8. Place the second side of the magnetic closure through the 2 layers of lining fabric, and stitch and shape.
  9. Press all 4 layers of the journal cover together to bond the heat and shape to the fabrics.
  10. Mark up the pocket placement lines, and stitch through all of the layers
  11. Take your binding fabric, and cut bias strips to go all the way around the journal.
  12. Attach the bias strips to the outside of the journal, and hand stitch to complete.



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  • Reply
    Graham & Bev Chaseling
    April 29, 2014 at 7:33 am

    This would be a wonderful gift to make, but where is the attached pattern?

    Kind Regards, Bev.

    • Reply
      April 30, 2014 at 2:10 am

      Hi Bev, and thank you so much for your lovely comments. Cannot believe that I did something as silly as forgetting to put the pattern link on. It is now up there, but here is the quick link


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