Journal Cover PDF Pattern EASY Instructions-Tutorial to Cover any Album or Notebook



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EASY instructions in a PDF pattern file for a Journal Cover. You can cover any album or notebook with this DIY tutorial.

Cover any album or notebook with these easy instructions. The PDF tutorial is a step by step guide to making a journal cover!

This pattern teaches you how to make a fabric cover for a memo pad, dollar store photo album, scrapbook, notebook, sketchbook – almost anything! Use up your scrap fabrics to make your stuff fun and make wonderful gifts!!

To make the cover, you will need:
~ a fat quarter (18” x 22”) of fabric for a journal up to 6” x 8”, ½ yard for anything bigger
~ a small piece of contrasting fabric, if desired
~ ½ yard of fusible interfacing* (1/2 yard for a larger journal)
*I use heavyweight (Pellon Décor Bond) iron-on interfacing.


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The pattern may not be duplicated in any manner unless for your personal use. You may use this pattern to make and sell journals at venues such as Etsy or craft fairs, as long as you are a small (one or two person) business. Please credit Sid’s In Stitches as the designer in your listing and promotional materials. Copyright for the design is retained by me.

You are purchasing a pdf sewing pattern for the journal cover, not the journal cover itself!

I have been designing needlework patterns for 28 years. Your pattern is a super simple 6-page, thorough instruction with lots of color photos that has been tested by beginning sewers! Fabric is cut with a rotary cutter (there are no pattern pieces) or by measurement.

Please convo me if you have any questions.

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METRIC SUPPLEMENT now available - we've converted all measurements to metric in this supplement. Free with purchase of the pattern

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655 reviews

5 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars

Love this book cover. I'm completely new to sewing but this pattern was easy to follow and I love the result. Will be making more of these, it was fun, thank you!

Rachel Aug 22, 2015

4 out of 5 stars

I am sure this is a great pattern that I may use someday but it does not meet my needs right now. I needed a pattern that had the pockets that hold the notepad as separate pieces since I wanted to use a different fabric for them. This one wraps the top around in a fold and so that is not going to work for me now.

mbvalentine Sep 8, 2022

5 out of 5 stars

What a great pattern. Easy to follow and easy to make!

Lacey Hodges Jul 17, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Just Beautiful!

Reviewed by Anonymous Dec 4, 2012

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