Today I’m sharing a Dancing Dragonflies Midori Style Journal Cover Tutorial. In this tutorial I’ll show how to create a Midori Style Journal Cover using fabric, chipboard and cardstock. A Midori Style cover is a cover that allows journal inserts to be removed from the cover. I like this style as I can take my journal insert out and write with it flat and I can change the inserts if I love the cover and want to keep using it to hold my current journals.

Dancing Dragonflies Midori Style Journal Cover Tutorial

Dancing Dragonflies Midori Style Journal Cover Tutorial Video

Supplies used to create the Dancing Dragonflies Midori Style Journal Cover Tutorial

Creating your own journal cover is a great way to make something custom. Follow my instructions and you will soon be creating these like crazy.

To help with this tutorial I have created some diagrams that can be downloaded – three pdf files that are zipped. Dancing Dragonflies Midori Style Journal Cover Tutorial pdf files

Dancing Dragonflies Midori Style Journal Cover Tutorial

Offering a Dancing Dragonflies Midori kit in her shop, you can choose the option to purchase the chipboard with the fabric.

Arranging the chipboard, center it on the fabric, leave a little bit of a gap between the cover and spine pieces. You don’t want too much of a gap, just enough for the cover to fold without bending. Make sure to leave enough fabric to fold over.

Dancing Dragonflies Midori Style Journal Cover Tutorial

Choosing to sew, Linda sews the center spine top then flips it around to sew the bottom. Next she stitches the pocket piece top and then attaches the pocket to the base and then stitches around the whole piece.  Make sure your glue is completely dry before sewing. The cover is then stitched all the way around the outside area.

Adhere your cardstock, make sure your cover is the right way up. Using a generous amount of Aleene’s tacky glue to the spine center piece. Score the spine lightly to get a crease before applying the inside cover cardstock pieces. You can now adhere the cover pieces, remember to use generous amounts of glue.

Dancing Dragonflies Midori Style Journal Cover Tutorial

Using a template, Linda shows how to mark the holes where the 2 mm round elastic cord will go through. Using the crop a dile hole punch on the 1/18th setting. If you choose to use grommets now is the time to attach to the holes.

Dancing Dragonflies Midori Style Journal Cover TutorialTaking 2 mm round elastic cord, Linda shows how to weave. Make sure to secure tight enough but not to where your cover will bough. Remember elastic wears over time so knotting the elastic will help to undo and tighten when needed..

What do you like the most about the midori style journals?

Robin Fennessy

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