My first project for this year is this quilted journal cover. These fabrics from the One Stitch at a Time collection by Lynette Anderson Designs were PERFECT for this one! The pattern is The Write Stuff by ByAnnie which I'd purchased last year from Sew Hot here in the UK. The pattern includes instructions for making a journal cover in 3 different sizes, and is easily adaptable to make it fit whatever size journal you have...
...the front of the journal cover has a fully lined quilted zippered pocket, which I've trimmed with a little bit of vintage lace trimming. I used a piece of continuous zipper (bought online from Zipper Station a few weeks ago) in a smart grey shade that works well with the muted tones of the fabrics. The journal cover fastens with a magnetic snap - I've used a Prym sew-in magnetic button and added a vintage button from my button tin, again in a grey colour, which is secured to the flap...
...these sew-in button magnets are really easy to use, and aren't too strong - there's nothing worse than putting a magnet in place and it's so strong that it tears the fabric! The flap is attached to the back of the journal cover, all raw edges are enclosed. I drafted my own pattern for the flap as the journal cover is smaller than the ones in the original pattern, and I didn't want to cover too much of the pretty feature fabric...
...both the front and back covers have smart slip pockets where the journal is stored, and can also be used for keeping other documents and lists. There is an extra slip pocket inside the back cover too. The journal can easily be removed when it's full...
...I'd altered the dimentions from the original pattern to accomodate an A5 journal which was quite thick due to having alot of pages and dividers with tabs. The original pattern also has instructions for adding a bookmark, however due to this particular style of journal having dividers, I left the bookmark off. I'm really pleased with this journal cover, it's such a super pattern and teaming it with this sewing-themed fabric means it's pretty AND practical. I'm going to use this one to keep a record of all of the kits that I've bought over the years ready for my retirement, that are currently packed away in boxes ready for me to make a start! Well I'd better make a start with that list - just a word of warning, it's going to be a VERY long list!
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