With the fifth installment of Piece & Play in the American Patchwork & Quilting magazine, Jean shows us how to create your very own unique and stylish Journal cover.
I love how this Journal cover turned out. As I worked through picking fabrics for a winter palette Barbara was thinking summer as you can see! Seasons are a great way to put you into a mood of colors and with the hot summer we have had her journal cover reminds me of my zinnias which are going crazy at the moment.
She created a cover with one fabric and quilted that. The smaller panel was pieced with the circles being appliqued down. Then she went to town on big stitch hand stitching with size 8 cotton pearle. To line the panel, place it right sides together with a backing and sew around the edges leaving a 2” opening for turning. Turn to the right side and press. The panel was hand stitched to the front of the journal on the sides and bottom creating a pocket.
A 1 ½” x 6 ½” tab was created and hand stitched to the front. When the journal is closed it comes around to the back and is secured with sticky Velcro. The decorative pieces on the back were made the same was as the other decorative panels.
As you can see the Journal Cover is a very fun project to try out new techniques or create a personal statement for a gift or for yourself.
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