Make: Embroidered Journal

Monday, October 8, 2012


Use a piece of card board cut the same size a a sheet of paper 8x11. You can simply lay a piece of paper over your cardboard and trace around. Cut. If you don't have a handy-dandy paper cutter like this just use a ruler to mark line and  cut with scissors.


Thread your cover design by hand using the holes you made in the journal cover. For further instructions on how to do this you can visit Little Monster, where I offer a more in depth tutorial on the embroidery process. 

After you have finished the embroidery work sew the paper pages together on your sewing machine. You might want to test this process first. Adjust tension to loose setting and set long stitches. Then place your paper inside your cover and sew again. Tip: use a new needle and be sure this needle will no longer be of use for fabric projects.



Once your journal is all done you can decorate the outer seam with washi tape and wrap it up pretty with some extra embroidery thread.

Enjoy xo 

23 comments:

  1. OMG, you used the sewing machine?! Unbelievable - I just thought you made it by hand... PS: Love love love the simple pattern and the striking color :)

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    1. i hand embroidered the cover design but sewed the booklet up on the machine. Much easier than I thought it would be, went right through with no trouble at all!

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  2. Love it! My fiancé makes book too, but adding this gorgeous embroidered cover would make for such a lovely gift!

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    1. yes, i am thinking this will end up in someones christmas sock :)

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  3. oh wow, i LOVE this! i want to make a scrapbook for my boyfriend and wanted to make the cover myself, and i'm thinking i'm going to try this out. thanks for the inspiration :)

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    1. thank you! i was prepared for a tiresome craft in making this but it was much easier than i thought it would be! it was my first try too :)

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  4. You know, since starting my sewing class a couple of weeks ago I've been thinking on how to do a stationery project with the machine. Thanks so much for this!

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    1. sewing classes are fun! i taught myself and it was hard to "unlearn" some of my bad habits when i took an actual class, but i am so glad i did! can't wait to see some of your projects (wink wink).

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  5. wow, it turned out really great! i've just got a bunch of mini washi tape rolls from a giveaway and having never used any before, been wondering what sort of crafty thing could i use them for... this is perfect! I might just have to make it :)
    thanks for sharing!

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    1. you could definitely do this with just washi tape. my friend over at littlemonsterbaby.com is always coming up with really great washi tape projects, you should check out her blog! she is actually what inspired me to get some!

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  6. Nice, love the idea! The only thing left to do is to fill this diary with nice stories! :)

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    1. i will probably gift this to someone who is a fabulous writer like yourself xo

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  7. Wonderful idea and beautifully executed!

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  8. so pretty! This would make a great gift!

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  9. wow such an awesome idea, looks really unique and I love the washi tape patterns!

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