Journal Sleeve {CUSTOM fit!} easy beginner PDF sewing pattern, journal pouch, planner pouch, bullet journal accessories, bujo pen holder

Journal Sleeve {CUSTOM fit!} easy beginner PDF sewing pattern, journal pouch, planner pouch, bullet journal accessories, bujo pen holder



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Make your own Journal Sleeve - a fun and useful storage solution for your journal, planner, or notebook without covering it up! There's both a roomy zipper pocket and a pen pocket to keep the essentials handy when you are away from your desk. Slip it onto the front cover and fill it up with your favorite pens, washi tape, sticky notes, stickers, a straight edge ruler, page flags, etc., and you will always be good to go!

The best part? The pattern includes a very simple customization worksheet that allows you to make a Journal Sleeve perfectly sized for YOUR journal, planner, or notebook. It just needs to be 5-8 inches wide and 7-11 inches long with a somewhat rigid cover and a stiff spine. I'm partial to the Leuchtturm1917, the Filofax A5 Notebook, and standard composition notebooks - all different sizes! My pattern tester, Katie, made Journal Sleeves for her Moleskin Cahiers. There are so many great options!

I wrote the Journal Sleeve pattern with the confident beginner sewist in mind. I took extra care to describe each step in detail and included a color photo for nearly every step to make things super clear.

Because this pattern consists of over 70 photos with detailed step-by-step instructions, I recommend you only print the 2-page customization worksheet. If you like hard copies of your patterns, I’ve also included a text only version you can print without using up all of your ink.

If you are a journal lover like me, you may already know that writing things down in longhand, as opposed to documenting things with a keyboard, may actually force us to process information more thoroughly which helps our brains retain information. After returning to a partly longhand life recently, I can wholeheartedly attest to this! Now, I use journals and notebooks in a variety of ways and I've enjoyed making Journal Sleeves for each one! I've also found that Journal Sleeves are perfect for gifting!

For more information and loads of Journal Sleeve pics, visit:

Here are the basic skills you need in order to make this pattern:

1. How to use a rotary cutter
2. How to sew an accurate seam
3. How to follow directions and make simple calculations

Fabric (quilting weight cotton):

* Accent fabric (pen pocket exterior pieces): fat eighth
* Main fabric (main pocket exterior, back exterior): fat quarter
* Lining fabric (zipper tabs, main pocket lining, back lining): fat quarter


* 20” wide fusible medium weight interfacing (Shape Flex SF-101): 1/2 yard

Other Supplies:

* A journal, planner, or notebook 5-8 inches wide and 7-11 inches long with a somewhat rigid cover and a stiff spine such as a Leuchtturm1917 or a standard composition notebook
* Nylon zipper: the length of your notebook or longer
* Soft waistband elastic (1” – 1.5” wide): 2 pieces the length of your notebook plus 1”
* Cotton twill tape or ribbon (1/2” wide): the length of your notebook plus 4.5” (optional)
* Basic sewing supplies

* IMPORTANT: Please be respectful of my hard work and of copyright laws by not selling or sharing any portion of this pattern. If you have purchased this pattern, please feel free to make and sell Journal Sleeves on a small home-based production scale giving pattern design credit in online listings to Goatfish Goods. Mass production is prohibited and, because this is an instantly downloadable PDF upon purchase, there are no refunds. Thank you.


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16 reviews 5 out of 5 stars


Susan Capps Mar 10, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

Oh my goodness!! This is such a detailed and fun pattern!! Great for beginner and experienced sewers! I made mine for my Erin Condren life planner in no time!! Thank you for this!!

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DoldSprinkler Jul 9, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

I'm a beginner at sewing and this pattern is very clear and easy to understand. Tons of photos. I learned a lot. Thank you!

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Catherine Pike Nov 29, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

An amazingly detailed pattern instructions, that were easy to follow. Perfect finished product. Very impressed

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Matt Wilding Jan 8, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Fantastic pattern. Such detail in both pictures and words. Made this up quickly without mistakes. Thanks

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