Personalized journals make great gifts for people who love to jot down their thoughts and ideas. Learn how to make these journals with fused fabric and purchased composition books. Mix up the fabrics, have some fun and make them yours! These are great gifts for just about everyone!
A little fabric and some creativity and you can decorate a notebook that is special for you or give as a gift!
- Composition notebook
- 1/2 yard fabric to cover the composition notebook
- 1/4 yard fabric for inside of the composition notebook
- 1 yard double sided fusible like Misty Fuse or Wonder Under
- Scraps of fabric for decorations
- OPTIONAL: Fusible crystals
- Ironing board
- Teflon mat for fusing
- Rotary cutter
- Cutting mat
- Start with a basic composition notebook and a piece of fabric that has double sided fusible web already applied to the wrong side. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for your brand of fusible web.
- Cut the fabric about 2 inches larger all around than the open composition book. You'll see I have about 2" around the top, bottom and side. I did open the book to make sure I have the extra about on both sides (it didn't want to lay open and flat for the picture).
- At the center spine of the notebook, cut out a sliver of fabric down to the notebook binding so that you can fold the excess fabric onto the inside cover of the book. Do this at both the top and bottom of the spine.
- Once you have carefully folded the fabric to the inside on all sides, close the book and take it to your ironing board.
- Press from the right side first. This will make the fabric with the two-sided fusible web adhere to the notebook cover.
- Once the outside covers are fused, open the composition book and carefully fuse the excess fabric to the inside covers of the book. I was using some steam here
- I like to finish off the inside of the book with a coordinating fabric. Cut a piece of fabric that already has the double-sided fusible web applied. Cut so that it will cover the raw edges you just fused to the inside of the book cover. Press in place. Now the inside is as nice as the outside will be!
- Now you have a fully covered notebook. Time to have some fun and be creative with scraps of pre-fused fabrics.
You can do all kinds of things on the covers - stencil letters or words, fuse different shapes or stamp designs!
I decided to add my whimsical flowers to the cover. On this notebook, I used an amazing piece of Judy Robertson's hand-dyed fabric.
Start by free hand cutting with a rotary cutter a wavy edge on the fabric.
- Then, cut again with your rotary cutter to make another wavy edge, making the cuts into leaf/petal shapes. This makes the petals similar, but not perfect . . . which adds character.
- Continue trimming up the edge to a new curve, cutting more petals along the way, until you have enough for your project.
- Lay the flower petals out on your book cover, with the fusible side down. When you are happy with your layout, take it to the ironing board and press the petals in place.
- Who doesn't love a little bling on their flowers? Fusible crystals work great! Lay them out with a pair of tweezers.
- Once you have them the way you'd like them, go ahead and fuse them in place with your small fusing iron - if you don't have one, use a teflon sheet over them with your regular iron.
- Here is your finished decorated notebook, ready to capture your thoughts and notes!
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