How to Create a Journal with Fabric Pages
The biggest question everyone asks is why do you want to create a journal with fabric pages? The answer is because a fabric journal is more of a cherished keepsake instead of a regular journal. Each page is made from pieces of cloth that come from someplace or someone special.
Types of Fabric
You can use your child’s baby blanket, Grandpa’s flannel shirt, or a piece of your mother’s wedding dress. You may just prefer to choose swatches of fabric that you love but never knew what to do with.
You can salvage pieces of your favorite jeans from high school when you create a journal with fabric pages. Your lucky tee shirt with all the holes can turn into a page in the journal. The point is to use fabric that makes you happy and reminds you of loved ones and joyful times.
There is another reason to create a journal with fabric pages. That is because each set of pages is a pocket if you choose. You may prefer to add pockets as you need them. These pockets are to store pictures, small mementos, jewelry or whatever you desire. Maybe you have an old love letter from when you and your spouse were dating. You can hide it in one of the fabric pages and pull it out any time you look through the fabric journal.
To Sew or Not to Sew
You do not need to know how to sew to create a journal with fabric pages. You can use fabric glue, like Fabri-tac to put the fabric journal together. There are also hot glue sticks made specifically for fabric that will hold the fabric journal pages together permanently.
Lace, Buttons, and Bows
Just because you create a journal with fabric pages does not mean you have to add lace or ribbon. You can use whatever you desire to decorate the pages of your fabric journal.
Fabric paint pens, iron-on appliques and patches all are great to add interest to the pages. You may even want to print out a picture on fabric or printable vinyl to add a personal page when you create a journal with fabric pages.
Size and Shape
When you create a journal with fabric pages, you want the dimensions to be smaller than a normal journal or book. A good size for a fabric journal is about 4 inches by 6 inches. Larger pages will simply flop around and be hard to handle when you want to browse through your fabric journal.
The shape of the fabric journal is all up to you. You can make the fabric pages round, square or rectangular. I personally prefer the small rectangle type of fabric journal.
There are just a few things you need to create a journal with fabric pages. You may want to add other things not in this list so you can embellish the fabric pages when you are done.
- 20 pieces of fabric (4 inches wide by 12 inches long)
- Sewing machine or fabric glue
- Interfacing or heavy felt
Other items that you might like to have on hand are buttons, eyelets, ribbon, and lace. But these are not necessary when you make the fabric journal.
- Select two pieces of fabric for the cover.
- Cut a piece of interfacing or heavy felt the same size as the cover fabric.
- Sandwich the interfacing between the two pieces of cover fabric.
- Sew or glue around the edges of the fabric cover and interfacing.
- Arrange the remaining fabric pieces with the backs together to create the pages.
- Sew or glue the two sides and the bottom of each fabric page together. **If you prefer to add pockets later, sew the top as well. **
- Arrange the fabric pages in the order you want for your fabric journal.
- **If you are sewing** Open the fabric journal to the middle and sew straight down the middle of all the pages.
- **If you are gluing** Lay the cover flat on the work surface and apply a line of fabric glue down the center. Add another page on top of the cover and open it to the middle. Apply a line of fabric glue down the center and add the next page. Continue this process until all the pages are glued together in the middle.
- Embellish your fabric journal as you wish with buttons, lace, and trims.
You are not limited in the number of pages when you create a journal with fabric pages. You can add as many pages as you want for your fabric journal. This is just a guide to show you how to it can be done.
You may want interfacing between each piece of fabric. You may not want interfacing at all. You might want to make your fabric page journal larger or even smaller.
I hope this inspires you to create a journal with fabric pages to use as a keepsake or even for a young child. These fabric journals do make wonderful gifts.