Monday, July 18, 2011

Journal Cover

I love to make these little journal covers for gifts and for myself! They hold a 5 x 8 junior-sized legal pad which you can find at Wal-Mart, Staples, Office Depot, etc. The pattern is from Quilting Arts Gifts Holiday 2009/2010.

I use heavyweight fusible interfacing to make them crisp and sturdy. I use a ponytail holder instead of elastic because it comes in so many different colors.  There is a pocket on the left side which is great for coupons. I use mine daily for my shopping list. I also like to make them in Christmas prints for holiday shopping lists. If the brand name on the top of the notepad really annoys you, you can cut a strip of fabric and fuse to the top header of the pad. 

This is one of my favorite prints to use for this project. I bought this fabric years ago knowing that the right project would come along to use it for. I used a pearl button for the closure.
journal cover

A quilting friend gave me this cute print with yarn balls. I use this journal for my knitting notes.
sewing journal cover

A sewing friend let me dig through her button jar to find the perfect button for this bright journal cover.
sewing journal cover

There are lots of other great patterns and tutorials for journal covers. What is your favorite?


  1. Beautiful blog Jan! I'm so happy for you. Now you can share with the rest of the world your talents that I luckily get to witness every month!

  2. Great Blog!! Lots of great projects! Thanks for sharing!

  3. What lovely note takers! Great idea to make them for Christmas lists. They would also make lovely gifts.

  4. So sweet! I just made myself a journal cover for my moleskine notebook! (I'll probably blog about it next week.)
    I just spotted this patchwork one, which is inspiring me to make one!

  5. Very cute patchwork journal cover! Thanks for sharing the link.


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