Posted by Liz on February 13th, 2013 (Projects)

Fabric Book Cover Completed

I’ve finished making my patchwork journal cover! I wanted to make one as I’ve started journalling every morning and wanted to be able to take it to work or on holiday with me without getting damaged. I didn’t use a pattern but used my imagination instead 🙂

I found the fabric in my stash – I’d completely forgot I had it – but thought it was the perfect fabric for a fabric book cover, and went well with my journal cover.

I started off by cutting out lots of two inch squares.

Cutting out two inch squares

Once I had cut them out I laid out my squares until I was happy that I had enough to cover my journal.

Laying out he squares to see how they look

I sewed the fabric squares into lines, alternating the patterns, and then sewed the lines together. I made one rectangle patchwork block and one with a flap on the end.

Sewwing together to make a notebook cover

Just in case you’re wondering, I ironed my seams flat.

Ironing my seams flat

Using some left over wadding and some blue flowery fabric, I made my quilt sandwich, pinned it together with safety pins, then quilted diagonal lines.

Quilting diagonal lines

Once I’d quilted both the pieces, I used some left over bias-binding tape to bind it all together. I attached it to one side of the rectangle, and then put the two pieces together and binded them up, remembering to sew in a bit of string as a fastener. I would have used cream binding, but I only had white and was keen to make do and mend.

binding the quilted book cover

I sewed a button on the front (a spare from one of my tops!) so I can close the pouch.

The finished journal cover closed

Here’s the finished journal cover:

My journal with its new cover

I’m really glad I finished it and I enjoyed it so much, I’d like to do something in the same fabric for the Bookwrap Gems Tombola, which is the next project for the Festival of Quilts 2013.

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