Thursday, 8 September 2011

Diary Cover Tutorial

I've recently been taking part in the Mug Rug and Goodie Swap hosted by Cindy of Fluffy Sheep Quilting.

I've had such fun taking part that I thought I would do a simple tutorial of the little diary/journal/notebook covers.

Here goes:

1. Open out your diary/journal/notebook and measure along the front, spine and back.
Add 1" to the length and the width so my cover and lining will measure 9.25" x 7".

2. If making strips like mine above I used an assortment of fabric measuring 1.5" wide x 7". I sewed 10 of these strips to make the cover front and back panel. I did exactly the same for the lining.

3. Cut a piece of wadding measuring 8.25" x 6". This was the same size as the diary. Centre it on the piece of fabric that you will be using for the main front/back cover and quilt as desired.

4. Cut two pieces of contrasting fabric measuring 6" wide by 7". Fold in half and along the fold sew a 1/4" seam. The other side can be left raw edge for the moment. These become the inside flaps to hold the diary in place.

5. Pin the two flaps to each side of the piece of fabric used for the lining of the diary, this is the piece not quilted. On top of this, right sides together place the quilted fron/back piece.

6. Sew along the top and the bottom of all edges using a 1/4" seam to make a tube.

7. Turn the right way out and press. Fold in a hem allowance of 1/4" at each side and slip stitch closed.

The fun bit is popping in your diary and swooning over your marvellous creation.

You really can whip up these little babies in no time. What a lovely gift to make as a present.

Hope you enjoy. Back soon with lots of pictures!!


Lisnaweary Quilts said...

Great tutorial, and love the fabrics in your diary covers!

Rosa said...

Very cute and lovely fabrics

Sarah said...

Lovely make :-)