A Journal Cover from Recycled Fabric

Above is a journal cover I made this weekend. It fit an A5 art diary.
I used recycled fabric, from my kid's denim and my husband's beige cotton trousers.
As a lovely accent in the front I cut a piece of traditional Holland fabric that my husband bought for me when he was there 2 years ago.

This is how I made it, step by step...

Made a piece of patchwork fabrics from your favorite scraps or just like me ... from unused clothing. Measurement : 8.50 x 21 inches.
Turn the raw, short ends of the rectangle under by 0.25" and topstitch.

I add a small pocket (3 x 3.50 inches) on the corner to keep my business cards.

Then put the right side of your journal cover facing upwards, turn each of the short ends in by 3.50" or maybe 4.00" (depends on how thick is your journal) and pin.

Make a lining from patchwork fabric too or just 1 solid fabric. Choose which one you like :)
I sew the 2 edges of this lining zigzag to overlock the fray thread of the fabric.

Place the lining over the journal cover, matching centers. Don't forget to apply a ribbon.

Stitch the top and bottom using 0.25" seam allowance.
Make sure tuck the ribbon in out the way.

Now you can turn the entire journal cover from right or left side of the opening.

Tadaaa....now your journal cover is done!
You can ironing it to make it neat and perfect.
Psst...I'm not a perfect person, see....those wrinkles everywhere! Because I'm too lazy to iron :)

Insert your A5 journal and admiring your work!! Enjoy :)

This is the back of my journal.

Hopefully this simple tutorial could help you in making your own journal.
happy weekend :)


  1. This is so pretty! Thanks for sharing the tutorial...very detailed and well done!

  2. This is so cool!


  3. hehehehe keren.....kaget gw karena design blognya hampir sama.......

  4. Great journal cover and so pretty.

  5. cakepnya!!! pengen bisa bikin euy!...mudah2an natal nanti ada yg kasih hadiah mesin jahit, jadi bisa mulai ikut2an jahit nih...doain ya Hen:) hehehe