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Mini Journal Cover

 

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Mini Journal Cover

 

Supplies and Cutting:

Mini Journal: 4 1/2" x 3 1/4" composition book

Batting: 5 1/4" x 7 1/2" THIN polyester batting

Note: I prefer to over cut my batting by about 1/4" - 1/2"

and then trim it to size when the pieced unit is squared up.

Outer Fabric: A handful of assorted small scraps

Lining Fabric: (1) 5 1/4" x 5 1/2" (back) , (2) 5 1/4" x 4 (flaps)

Baker's Twine: 24" length

Button: 1

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Assembly:

Lay the batting on a flat surface. Choose the first scrap. It can be a 3, 4, 5 (or more) sided piece.

Place the scrap on the batting, right side up, near the center. Stitch (quilt) the scrap down

with rows of stitching about ¼” apart. (Set your stitch length to 2.7 - 3.0, or as desired.)

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Place the second scrap on top of the first strap, right sides together, aligning the raw

edges on one side.  Sew the scrap in place, with a ¼’’ seam allowance. Open and press.

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Quilt in place with rows of stitching as before.

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Add the third scrap, following the same steps as before.

When adding pieces, sometimes it will be necessary to cover over a portion of a fabric that has already been

quilted in place. In this case, try to add a fabric that is darker than the one on the bottom to prevent shadowing.

If this is not possible, tuck a light colored scrap between the two pieces before quilting the top one in place.

Chose (or cut down) a small scrap that is just big enough to cover the affected area.

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Continue to add pieces to cover the batting.

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Use a rotary cutter and ruler to square up your pieced cover.

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On this cover, I added triangles to each corner, as a design element.

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Position the twine on the BACK edge of the cover and stitch in place.

Pull the rest of the twine to the middle and pin to hold it out of the way.

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Fold the 2 flap pieces in half, widthwise, and press.

Layer them with the pieced cover. Place them right sides together,

aligning all raw edges along the top, bottom and side edges. Pin in place.

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Position the final piece of the lining on top of the flaps. Place it right side down, and center it on the cover.

NOTE: I leave the short edges UNFINISHED because they will be tucked under the flaps.

If you prefer to finish them, use pinking shears, a zigzag stitch or a serger. Pin in place.

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Sew all the way around the edge. Clip the corners.

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Turn right side out through the opening.

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Carefully work out the corners so that they look nice and crisp.

Position the button as desired and hand sew in place, being careful to avoid the flap.

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Slip the notebook into the cover and enjoy!

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