Composition Book Cover – Sewing Journal

21 March

I just made a composition book cover for my sewing journal.  Yes, it may be a little girly and silly, but I’m keepin’ it fun – how I want sewing to be!

And what is a sewing journal, you ask?  I’ll share that nugget with ya later 🙂

UPDATE: check out my post How to Make Sewing Journal [Printable Worksheet]

Comp Book Cover Sewing Journal

I’ve been wanting to try freehand machine embroidery for a long time, and I had a blast coming up with a Cinderella theme.  Using a coloring page as inspiration, I went through my stash of fabric scraps and enjoyed the rush that comes with the flow of creativity.

I randomly pieced together my favorite shades of blue and teal from my scrap bin and fused some interfacing to the back.  Using a coloring page as a guide, I traced the design onto some fabric scraps with a FriXion gel pen (see My Tools page), then cut them out about 1/4 inch from the lines.  Then I layered them on, and stitched on the lines.  The FriXion pen markings erase with your iron, people!  You are welcome.

Comp Book Cover Sewing Journal Applique

Comp Book Cover Sewing Journal Machine Embroidery

Sketching with thread could be addicting…  The stitches don’t have to be perfect to still look good.

Comp Book Cover Sewing Journal Cinderella Closeup

I thought I should share what Cinderella was thinking, maybe a thought bubble.  So I googled Cinderella quotes and hoped to somehow infuse sewing into it.

The song she sang….  Sew This Is Love!  Now I’ve got the song stuck in my head.

My embroidery skills?  Not that great.  So I printed out the phrase using a font that had the most straight lines possible.  I initially thought the font should be script to go along with a princess-y theme, but the the simple straight font goes more with the modern aesthetic of the patchwork background.  Score.

Comp Book Cover Sewing Journal Embroidery

Using my comp book cover pattern found in the Spring 2013 issue of Stitch Craft Create, I whipped up the cover.  How perfect is the scissors fabric for a sewing journal?  It’s from Moda Fabrics Half Moon line.

Comp Book Cover Sewing Journal Pockets

I even attached a label to the back pocket flap.  To make your own label, check out my post How to Make a Label – a Sewing Project Roundup.  I chose to make a label using grosgrain ribbon and iron-on transfer paper.

Comp Book Cover Sewing Journal Label

And here’s the back.  Can you tell I like blue and teal?

Comp Book Cover Sewing Journal Back

The last step: topstitching around all the edges.  A slow go of it, a size 12 Sharp needle, and a stitch length of 6 worked out just fine.


14 Responses to “Composition Book Cover – Sewing Journal”

  1. Ruth 02/11/2014 at 7:35 am #

    This is the most beautiful creative notion and lovely execution! I am so impressed.

    • Angela 02/11/2014 at 9:06 am #

      Aw thanks, Ruth!

  2. Gail B 06/26/2014 at 2:43 pm #

    I’m not able to purchase that magazine because so much time has passed. Is there anywhere else you offer the pattern?

    • Angela 06/26/2014 at 2:49 pm #

      Stay tuned, Gail! I will be selling the pattern. I’ll put you on my notification list 🙂

      • Gail B 06/26/2014 at 3:06 pm #

        Thank you so (sew? 😀 ) much! I don’t know if I’ll be as fancy as you but just having all the dimensions will be fantastic!

  3. Becky J 10/01/2014 at 2:51 pm #

    Hi, I’m wondering if you’re still selling the pattern for this? I couldn’t see it in the shop.
    Thanks 🙂

    • Angela 10/08/2014 at 4:41 pm #

      Hi Becky! I originally published it as a project in a magazine, but I have plans to sell a PDF pattern as well. I’ll put you on my pattern notification list!

  4. Debra Gutenson 10/17/2014 at 5:09 pm #

    Hi Angela,
    I’m looking for the journal cover pattern also.

    • Angela 10/17/2014 at 5:51 pm #

      Thanks Debra. I’ll notify you once it’s ready. Sheesh, this pattern is becoming a priority for me to finalize! 🙂

  5. Chelsea 12/05/2014 at 6:56 am #

    Hey Angela,

    I would LOVE to be able to make my husband the Gi pants training journal for christmas. Is the pattern finished!? I would LOVE to get it 🙂 He just got his brown belt and this will be the best gift EVER!

    • Angela 12/05/2014 at 9:21 am #

      Tell your hubs congrats on the brown belt! What an accomplishment! I’m so sorry that I won’t have the pattern done by Christmas 🙁 I just put you on my pattern notification list, so I’ll let you know when it’s ready.

      In the meantime, you might want to see if has a copy of the magazine – do a search for Stitch Craft Create Magazine Spring 2013.

  6. Kimberly P 02/17/2016 at 6:32 pm #

    where do you get the pattern?

  7. Ina Smith 09/16/2016 at 8:34 am #

    What an excellent idea!! Going to do this right away. Fits right in with my scrapbooking!! Great way to use scraps, too.

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