If the new year is a time for setting personal goals, then what better way of keeping track of them than creating a one-of-a-kind, handmade cover for your new 2011 journal? Sure, there are lots of great journals out there … but one covered with your favorite fabric is certain to keep those resolutions top of the mind.
Here in the studio, this little project was our very first using fabric from our new Wooster & Prince line for Robert Kaufman. Available online in February 2011, we’ll be introducing 6 styles of 100% kona cotton fabrics featuring coordinating Wooster & Prince designs.
Aside from scissors and an iron, you’ll only need no-sew fusible (iron-on) tape, your favorite fabrics and some decorative elements like ribbon or buttons to design your own. We used satin ribbons, leather strapping and tie-on baubles to decorate ours.
You can reinforce your cover by hand-stitching a pretty pattern over the glued portions. Fabric, fusible tape, an iron and some ribbon are all you really need to make a practical New Year’s journal, or a pretty gift for a book-loving friend.
We love this project because it was super simple! Once we got the folding pattern down, making the covers only took about 15 – 20 minutes. Plus, the possibilities for decoration are endless. Download the instruction sheet for this project here, and get going on your new cover. You can purchase the three patterns of fabric shown here at the Wooster & Prince for Robert Kaufman shop, beginning in February 2011. You can also visit the Robert Kaufman Fabrics blog, The Swatch & Stitch.