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A Monogrammed Journal

One of the projects on my to do list last week was to make a little thank you journal cover for a friend.  I ended up using a mix of fabrics from Moda and one Alexander Henry print along with some linen.  I used this tutorial from Stitched in Color.  I’ve wanted to try this tutorial for awhile.  When I made this journal cover a few months back:

Machine Quilted Journal Cover

I made the pattern up as I went and I was very happy with the end result.  However, sometimes it’s very nice to be able to follow a pattern without any math or figuring involved.  The Stitched in Color journal cover isn’t finished on the very inside which gave me pause, but it whips together so quickly and, really, unless you plan on giving your journal cover a lot of heavy washing it shouldn’t be a problem.

I created the monogram using a bit of Heat n Bond lite (my go to fusible).  The font was one I had handy to print out in MS word.  After ironing the “J” into place I satin stitched around all of the edges.  FYI: A satin stitch is just a fancy way of saying tight zigzag stitch.

The cover has nice deep pockets so no worries about the cover slipping off.

The stripes on the front of the journal carry around to the back.

The nice thing about Journal covers aside from their cuteness factor is that you aren’t afraid to use the journal.  Once you use it up, just take the cover off and move it onto another journal and you still have a cute journal.

I always have a journal ready to jot down design ideas, write up patterns, make lists etc.  They are so handy!

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Comments (10)

  • preciosos los trabajos me encantan les felicito saludos desde nicaragua

  • She will LOVE it!!! Wonderful fabric combo as usual. 🙂

  • Very cute! I have been wanting to make a journal cover for a while. I love the fabrics that you used, great colors.

  • Those are both wonderful! Now if I could just get a guarantee that making and using a cute journal cover would actually get me to journal more…. 🙂

  • This was done in a very cute and such a lovely way I really like it, it also could be used as a diary to have also a lot of secrets,,take care HUGS Jeanne W.

  • I tagged you in a post for the fabric book cover i made!

  • I am certain your friend will greatly appreciate this lovely, handmade gift. The initial was a nice touch and I love the colour scheme! Thanks for sharing the tutorial you used and your take on how it worked out for you. I will have to check that out!


  • Love this! I, too, have been wanting to make a fabric journal cover. Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

  • beautiful hand craft, looking forward more picture.

  • This is such a good idea! I always love looking at what my artist friend draws on her sketchbook covers, but having a decoration that also acted as a protective sleeve seems potentially more satisfying. Are you on Kollabora, the crafting site? I can’t decide if this would go better in the quilting section or the decor section. Anyway, I feel like this idea would be really popular over there!

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