How to Sew Fabric Covered Art Journals  {or sketchbooks}

WHAT YOU NEED:

Fat quarters of fabric (enough to make several coordinating journals Extra firm double sided fusible interfacing (such as Peltex 72f or Fast2Fuse)  Coordinating thread (topstitch weight or embroidery thread is lovely here)

Cut a piece of stabilizer the same size as your paper (or a bit larger) for the cover.

Sandwich the two stabilizer cover pieces between the wrong sides of your fabric and press to fuse

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Cut around the stabilizer pieces to separate them and remove any extra fabric

Here’s my heavy duty yellow thread.

Sew with a wide zig-zag stitch around the edges of your covers. This is decorative and it will keep the cover together in case the fabric decides to un-fuse from the interfacing

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On one of my covers I added the velvet ribbon for a tie. On the other one I sewed three little butterflies.

Once your covers are embellished, lay the paper inside with the crease in your paper along the center of the cover

Use a long stitch and your heavy thread to slowly sew along the binding.

Once your paper is secured, you’re done!

Happy Sketching!

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