Fairy Garden Junk Journal Cover Tutorial

For the past month, I have been sharing tutorials on making a Fairy Garden Junk Journal on my blog and YouTube. Today I’m sharing a Fairy Garden Junk Journal Cover Tutorial to show how I put the complete journal together. Using fabric, chipboard, cardstock and other supplies I show how to make a cover for the Fairy Garden Junk Journal.

Video showing the Fairy Garden Junk Journal Cover Tutorial.

 

Supplies used throughout the Fairy Garden Junk Journal

When making a cover for a junk journal I like to measure the pages. Once I know that measurement I add about half an inch to the height and width. This is the size I will cut two pieces of chipboard. For the spine I measure how thick the pages are stacked together and add just a little for growth inside the journal, in this case, it was about 1.5 inches wide. Chipboard can be found in items around your home like cereal boxes, old printer boxes or you can purchase from a few sources online.

The fabric is then laid out with the chipboard pieces laid on top to determine how big to cut the fabric. I like to cut it about 1 inch bigger all the way around. There needs to be enough fabric to wrap around the edge of the chipboard on all sides when the three pieces of chipboard are laid side by side.

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Using Aleenes Tacky Glue while the fabric is on a non-paper worksurface start with the spine and apply a liberal amount of glue. Use a bone folder to smooth out the glue on the chipboard side. If you try to smooth the glue on the fabric side it will wrinkle and bunch. Go slow and smoothly. Next, apply glue to the other two pieces in the same manner.

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Wrap the fabric over to the inside. I like to start with the corners. I don’t cut I just fold inside. Then fold the sides and top to the inside. Let the glue dry a little before taking the cover to the sewing machine. Sew a zig-zag stitch around the outside edge of the cover.

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Cut cardstock to be about a quarter of an inch smaller than the cover measurements. These will then have leftover fabric placed on the bottom of the inside and back cover. Lay the spine cardstock piece first and make sure to use a bone folder in the bends of the cover to smooth the glue and get a good bond. Then glue the front and back inside to the cover.

Use a template to mark the hole placement for the three signatures. Punch nine holes in the spine. Punch three holes in the signatures that will correspond to the cover. Bind using a pamphlet stitch. The journal is now complete.

Once you have made a couple of these covers it gets a lot easier and you will be a pro in no time. I really like how this Fairy Garden Junk Journal Turned out.

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Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today for the Fairy Garden Junk Journal Cover Tutorial and a flip through of the finished journal.