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Simple Homemade Christmas Gifts 4- Fabric-Covered Journals

We continue with our feature on Simple Homemade Christmas Gifts. Today I bring you Fabric Covered Journals. What I like best about a covered book project is that you can go find the fabric that appeals to the person you are making the notebook for. It really is simple. Once you have ‘the’ fabric then everything else is pretty simple after that. Check out my samples below…

As you can see even my 7 year old nephew Ben and 9 year old niece Erin managed to make their own fabric covered notebooks.

You’ll need:
nice quilt fabric
white glue
popsicle sticks (for spreading glue)
plain scrapbook paper


  1. Cut fabric to cover book, leaving about 1″ allowance all the way around
  2. Apply glue to front cover of book, use popsicle stick to spread glue evenly.
  3. Press fabric against front cover and smooth it out.
  4. Apply glue to spine and back cover of book
  5. Press the cover around the spine and back cover.  Allow the book to dry for a few minutes before proceeding.
  6. Trim away the allowance at the spine because it cant be folded over.
  7. Fold the allowance inside the cover and glue in place for the front and back (You can cut the allowance at a 45 degree angle at the corners to remove excess material)
  8. Cut scrapbook paper to the size of the inside cover (front and back) and glue over the folded material to make it look neat and tidy.
  9. Apply glue to the edge of the fabric on the spine to prevent threads from pulling out.

Your book is done!!

Aquatic Cover Design 
Bees, Bugs, Butterflies Cover Design
Sports Cover Design
Note: Always better to buy a plain covered notebook; otherwise you’ll end up with the design showing through the fabric like the sample above. My nephew Ben liked it though since his fabric is all sports and the design underneath is the Canadian flag..he says it’s good because he cheers for Team Canada.

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