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Title: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: alisonwonderland on August 01, 2004 05:18:07 PM
I've been making journals lately (but I'm REALLY a seamstress ;)..) and yesterday I decided.. why can't I combine it? So I made this:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v416/alisonw0nderland/rosejournal1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v416/alisonw0nderland/rosejournal2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v416/alisonw0nderland/rosejournal3.jpg

I don't know if you can tell, but the cover is corduroy and I just stitched it directly to the cardboard. The pages are bound together with a coptic stitch.


Ok.. here's the tutorial. Show me if you make one :)

First: Get your fabric. I started with yellow for the main journal and pink for my accents. You donít have to have accent fabric.. and if youíre using a print fabric you might not want one.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v416/alisonw0nderland/tute01.jpg

Next I cut my base fabric to 16Ē wide by 13Ē high so that I would be able to fold it over quite a bit.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v416/alisonw0nderland/tute02.jpg

Then I cut my cardboard to the right dimensions. This journal is the size of a piece of paper folded in half, plus a tiny bit of edging. (so itís 9Ē tall and 5 3/4Ē wide). So you cut two pieces for the front and back (with the dimensions I just said) and a spine piece.. this one is however wide you want your journal to be, I made mine 3/4.Ē

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v416/alisonw0nderland/tute03.jpg

Next I laid my cardboard out on my fabric just to get an idea of what I was going to be working with.. As you can see there should be about a 1/4Ē gap between the front and back pieces and the spine. I then cut out the corners of my yellow fabric so it wonít be so bulky in the corners when I sewed it.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v416/alisonw0nderland/tute04.jpg

Now take off your other two pieces of cardboard (keep the one you cut the corners away for) and after carefully positioning your fabric and cardboard, fold the top edge over and stitch along it. It is much easier to do this with the wrong side up than it is to do it from the front.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v416/alisonw0nderland/tute05.jpg
(Now, if youíre like me, youíll stitch your cardboard in to the front only to realize that you put it in the wrong way and you have a pattern showing through your journal cover. You then will have to rip out all the stitches on that and flip the cardboard and do it again. I donít suggest that method.. I suggest you start with your cardboard facing the right way (if there is a difference on your cardboard..).)

When you get to the corner youíll fold it down and over (like when wrapping a gift).. this is just something you have to fidget with until you like how it looks.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v416/alisonw0nderland/tute06.jpg
After doing that, turn your corner and stitch down the side and across the bottom and back up the center part of your front piece. Your front will now be fully attached to the fabric.

Now is the time to decorate your front cover with anything else youíll be attaching by sewing.  I decided to make a flower on mine so I cut out petals from my pink t-shirt.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v416/alisonw0nderland/tute07.jpg

I then eyeballed where they should go and machine stitched them on one by one.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v416/alisonw0nderland/tute08.jpg

I then sewed a stem and put a button center and voila!:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v416/alisonw0nderland/tute09.jpg

Next you have to sew in your spine. Position it next to the front piece, but donít forget your 1/4Ē gap or you wonít be able to open and close the book. Sew across the top, down the side, across the bottom and back up the other side! (duh ;P)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v416/alisonw0nderland/tute10.jpg

Then you sew in your back piece of cardboard. Position it where it should be and cut away the corners like you did for the front. I donít like to do this until right now so that youíre sure the corners are cut in the right place. You then sew it on just like you did for the front. You should end up with something that looks like this:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v416/alisonw0nderland/tute11.jpg
If you want to decorate the back or the spine.. now is a good time.. I didnít want to on mine.

Now you have to prepare the pages. The tutorial I used doesn't seem to be readily available anymore, so you can try this one: http://www.altered-book.com/coptic-stitch.html ..it looks pretty easy to follow. She tells you to punch holes with a needle and thimble, but I like to clamp my pages together and hammer through the holes.. hehe.. (If you use this coptic stitch tutorial just ignore what she says about the cover, and skip down to the pages!)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v416/alisonw0nderland/tute12.jpg

*me stitching*
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v416/alisonw0nderland/tute13.jpg

After I have finished binding I like to hot glue the spine of my book.. I clamp it again so that the pages are nice and close together and then glue the heck out of it so that the spine part isnít a whole lot wider than the edge of the pages..

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v416/alisonw0nderland/tute14.jpg
 
Now itís time to glue your pages in and have a finished journal! I like to use rubber cement, but you can use elmerís glue or whatever you want, pretty much! I tried hot gluing but couldnít put the glue on there and then get my pages there fast enough to stick it!!! I first put a layer on the cover of the journal.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v416/alisonw0nderland/tute15.jpg

Then I put a layer on the outside piece of paper. When youíre gluing, line up the hot glued edge of the paper spine with the center edge of your front cardboard, so there is an even 1/4Ē edge all the way around your paper.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v416/alisonw0nderland/tute16.jpg

Let the first side dry for  a little while so that it doesnít shift around, and then glue the second side on! When itís all dry, youíll have a finished, lovely journal!


Title: Re: sewn journal
Post by: hot-bettie58 on August 01, 2004 10:31:49 PM
that is super rad!!! :D


Title: Re: sewn journal
Post by: scandibird on August 02, 2004 12:15:02 AM
That's lovely! Tutorial..??? :)


Title: Re: sewn journal
Post by: ilovepaper on August 02, 2004 03:42:38 AM
Oh my!
That is really nice!


Title: Re: sewn journal
Post by: dyabolica on August 02, 2004 06:25:10 AM
wow, can you show me how? I am a seamstress as well.


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: scandibird on August 02, 2004 10:17:57 PM
Thanks for a great tutorial!!  I don't have any paper cement and I'm not sure what elmer's glue is like... Is it basically water based 'school' glue? I'll try and squeeze in making one of these and take a pic... :)


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: alisonwonderland on August 02, 2004 10:33:03 PM
Thanks for a great tutorial!!  I don't have any paper cement and I'm not sure what elmer's glue is like... Is it basically water based 'school' glue?

Elmer's is just a brand.. it's just regular old white glue. Basically.. use whatever glue you want to :)

someone even suggested spray adhesive to me today.. i might try that on my next one.


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: scandibird on August 02, 2004 11:00:52 PM
Thanks, alisonwonderland, I wouldn't use spray adhesive though. It tends to go dry and brittle after a while.


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: alisonwonderland on August 03, 2004 04:34:45 PM
ooh thanks for the info on spray adhesive.. I guess I won't try it :)


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: unlikely_redhead on August 03, 2004 07:10:49 PM
spray adhesive gives off a nasty smell when using it too, and i got dizzy last time i used it because i didn't use a well ventilated area like it said too.

honestly, it didn't hold well, but i probably used it wrong. it was stick and all ove the newspaper, and evne the carpet 

mom told me next time i use it, i'd better glue stuff to the grass, instead of the carpet  ::)


redhead


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: kategirl on August 03, 2004 09:27:17 PM
so lovely!   ;D


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: scandibird on August 03, 2004 11:16:19 PM
sorry to be off topic but I feel I should say that spray adhesive should NEVER be used in a non-ventilated area!!! Ideally you should have a special reversed fan thing that sucks all the glue particles to it... but at least wear a mask and/or do it outside. The same said particles that fly around deposit themselves in your loungs and build up thus basically 'suffocating' you. 

Sorry for being so dramatic, but I once heard about someone who died from years of unprotected spray adheseve-ing...



Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: alisonwonderland on August 04, 2004 10:13:39 PM
woah. the only thing i've spray-adhesived was some foam in the chair that my mom and I reupholstered. That would really suck to die from spray adhesive poisoning.


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: cimba on August 05, 2004 03:37:46 AM
Wow! Great :)
And thank you for the tutorial!


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: cheesedip on August 10, 2004 03:28:33 PM
That's really lovely, I think I know what some people are getting for christmas!  :D And thanks for the warnings about spray adhesive.


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: theczarina on August 28, 2004 12:23:26 AM
here's my journal!  just finished today, off to it's new owner [my boyfriend] tomorrow.  i covered it in fabulous burberry plaid and used balahuniankid's converse all star stencil.  i was really surprised at how easy the binding was!  i am SO making more of these.



-kate


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: alisonwonderland on August 30, 2004 11:09:34 AM
here's my journal!  just finished today, off to it's new owner [my boyfriend] tomorrow.  i covered it in fabulous burberry plaid and used balahuniankid's converse all star stencil.  i was really surprised at how easy the binding was!  i am SO making more of these.

-kate

that looks awesome! I love plaid.. i have several colors of it at home that I really want to make journals out of but didn't have time before leaving for school..


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: veludo on September 08, 2004 08:07:48 AM
that is awesome.
i was looking for some tutorials to make some journals because my bf uses them all the time to draw and here hard cover ones can get really expensive.
i am going to do one right now, i'll post pictures if i manage to get a camera :)



Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: AmbiguousTrinket on September 13, 2004 03:07:45 PM
Awesome tutorial! I love book making and now I have another project to add to my list! Thanks so much for sharing!


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: i_have_a_knack on September 18, 2004 10:12:31 PM
beautiful! thanks for the fantadtic tutorial!


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: ebess on September 23, 2004 03:19:33 PM
Hey there --

How many pages is that?  About how many sheets of paper?

I *cannot wait* to try this out...


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: alisonwonderland on September 27, 2004 11:44:00 AM
How many pages is that?  About how many sheets of paper?

The first one pictured there is about 11 bound sections, 5 sheets of paper each. so there are 55 sheets of paper and somewhere around 200 pages :)


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: ph33lth3lov3 on September 27, 2004 04:07:15 PM
that is so cool! can you say "christmas gift"? and for my mom who writes down her calories, i can make graphs and charts inside for her.... wonderful tute!  :D


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: jrock reject on September 27, 2004 05:56:20 PM
Oooooh, nice tutorial! Once I get one of those newfangled machines that can sew through cardboard (I have an antique Singer... :D) I'm making me one of those! ;D


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: alisonwonderland on September 28, 2004 12:17:15 AM
Oooooh, nice tutorial! Once I get one of those newfangled machines that can sew through cardboard (I have an antique Singer... :D) I'm making me one of those! ;D

your singer won't go through? I've found that our old singer will do ANYTHING.


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: flyhunnie7 on October 03, 2004 08:23:27 PM
that's a hot little journall you've got there... your nails are cute, too!
 ;)


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: dani24 on October 28, 2004 05:00:12 PM
What kind of sewing needle did you use to sew through the cardboard?  Is a sharp one better, or should I go for a rounded point one?


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: alisonwonderland on November 02, 2004 06:14:03 PM
What kind of sewing needle did you use to sew through the cardboard?  Is a sharp one better, or should I go for a rounded point one?

Mine was pretty sharp, but I have a feeling that a rounded-ish one would work too, the needle is going with enough force that it should go through either way.


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: natalie m. on November 03, 2004 09:13:57 AM
Stitching on cardboard! You're a genius! I've been making journals off and on for like 2 years! Why didn't I think of that?! I guess I figured my machine wouldn't handle it. I see small address book gifts in my future! Nice job!


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: silloh_77 on November 04, 2004 11:33:05 AM
What  a great idea! i'm going to make one of these for the "a day in the life of" swap.
Thanks!


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: glitterbug on November 04, 2004 03:58:39 PM
Omigod... I am seeing... Big books... small books... folders.... Little clutch bags...

Why has it never occured to me to try and use my sewing machine on cardboard??


How thick was the cardboard, by the way? I don't want to bust half a dozen machine needles before getting this right.

Glitterbug


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: warmsoul on November 04, 2004 05:02:45 PM
this might be a silly question, but what kind of sewing machine do you need to sew cardboard to fabric? an industrial one? did you use regular corrugated cardboard or bookbinder's board?

thanks!


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: alisonwonderland on November 04, 2004 07:57:21 PM
In answer to the cardboard thicknesses.. I used pretty thin cardboard like..well thinner than a packing box but thicker than a cereal box.  You don't need a heavy duty sewing machine for this, it's pretty easy.  Cardboard doesn't tend to be very hard to poke through. Just make sure you test the tension before starting the actual sewing because it can be thrown off by the thickness!



Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: VaguelyVogue on November 04, 2004 08:57:16 PM
i love this im gonna make 10!


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: Adrienne on November 04, 2004 09:35:41 PM
this is absolutly beautiful. wow. :D


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: renrig210 on November 04, 2004 10:23:06 PM
Gorgeous!  I'll definitely be putting these in my to-do pile (which admittedly is now figuratively so high that I cannot see the top, but hey)


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: Gierma on November 05, 2004 01:07:49 AM
The new sewing machines can have problem with heavier fabrics and cardbord and stuff. I have and old Husquarna from the 1960:s and a a new ponsie one...And the old one beats the new one by the mile everytime. They just dont seem to make things with the same quality anymore...

same as, my Nans Mixer from 1960;s works better then my mixer...I might be that my nan is better at taking care of her things maybe...I don't now..


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: poordumbbird on November 05, 2004 12:18:39 PM
Dumb Question ---> how did you glue the pages to the spine? Just using regular glue? How did you keep it steady while it was drying? (I know you probably said but Im an idiot and cant see LOL)

Thanks

I am so making some of these :D but now Im off to teach myself crochet LOL


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: alisonwonderland on November 05, 2004 12:38:12 PM
Dumb Question ---> how did you glue the pages to the spine? Just using regular glue? How did you keep it steady while it was drying?

I just used rubber cement and I didn't really do anything to hold it in place.. it just stays pretty well by itself..


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: emy on November 06, 2004 10:28:36 AM
wow, i love this, great tutorial  ;D
i've made a pact with my friends that it is a make-only present christmas and i have the perfect person to give this to, thanks!


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: gotsugAr on November 06, 2004 03:26:33 PM
oh em gee! that is the cutest journal i have ever seen!  :o


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: Tere on November 07, 2004 01:01:42 PM
AWSOME!!!
Thanks sooo much! Thats the cutest thing I'ver ever seen. I'm going to check your other posts now to see what else you've made  :)
Tere


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: abbie on November 08, 2004 07:18:14 PM
that Roxx my Soxx!!!i love it!!!thanx for the great tuto;rial too for clumsy, not to mention blonde, ones like me.!!!luv ya!!!


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: amobabe on November 08, 2004 08:22:10 PM
That's an amazing journal and a really generous tutorial too. Thanks so much for sharing!


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: powderpuff on November 10, 2004 09:25:43 PM
That is tooo cool! Oooh lala Christmas is coming up too! Thouse would make a perfect gift! My I'm really like overly-excited.. ;D


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: LorettaYoungSkills on November 12, 2004 09:17:46 AM
somebody (aka me) will be making some of those tonight, lol

those are awesome and i love the little flower on the front, very cute.


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: noelle on November 15, 2004 02:55:49 PM
After I have finished binding I like to hot glue the spine of my book.. I clamp it again so that the pages are nice and close together and then glue the heck out of it so that the spine part isnít a whole lot wider than the edge of the pages..

does that affect the book's ability to lay flat?


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: alisonwonderland on November 16, 2004 10:06:48 AM
Quote
does that affect the book's ability to lay flat?

Nope! The hot glue is plenty flexible enough to still lay flat but hold the pages nicely.


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: kimberlyal on December 01, 2004 04:45:23 PM
I ABSOLUTLY LUV THIS IDEA!!!!! i made one already but i don't have any rubber cement to glue the pages down!!!   ::)  i tried to stich the binding the 'right' way but me being 12 years old could not follow that very well!!! :P  I think i did pretty good though!!!! i'm making one for my bff for x-mas. both she and i love and i mean LUV writing so it is the perfect gift!! plus it's cheap and i'm runnin low on cash!!!!!!! thanks for the great idea and tutorial!!!  ;D


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: katherine83 on December 07, 2004 06:38:34 PM
Good job!  :D Thanks for a great tutorial, looks really easy to follow...*plans to make one soon* This would make a good xmas present.


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: kimberlyal on December 07, 2004 07:17:39 PM
i finally made it to the store and got some rubber cement so i finished my journal but unfortunately, i can't figure out how to post pics so i will describe it.  it is a cereal box for the cardboard and the fabric is diamonds of red, white, blue, and yellow.  then to hide my beautiful crooked stitching i covered the stitched part with yellow rick rack.  i am very proud of my journal.  thanx again!!! kimberlyal :P


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: gluey on January 05, 2005 08:44:18 AM
Here's mine.  I printed out planner pages and made it a planner.  It's 1/2 page size, when I do it again I think I'll make it 1/4 page it will seem more "put together."  Thanks for the awesome tutorial though!  I'm definitely making more.




Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: Ashik0 on January 06, 2005 04:51:40 AM
Wow, that's a great idea! I was given a How to Make Books book..AGES AGO. I may well have lost it. But that doesn't matter anymore, coz this tut is great! It looks great! Well done, I look forward to making one of these!
And ..Wow, Gluey again, I seem to be liking alot of your stuff!! But anyways, was just about to say, you'rs is looking good, too! I like those colours, and to print out palnner pages was a good idea, also.
I reckon I'll make Mum a recipies card book, with little sleeves on the insides of the covers, too...I'll dream it up tonight!
Anyways, thanks to AliceinWonderland for posting such a great idea!!


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: roysie on February 24, 2005 09:37:38 PM
That is terrific!! I've stitched fabric to cardboard before to make a journal, but yours looks so much more professional than mine. I just made my first coptic stitch book the other night and I can't wait to try this. Another great idea would be to put some batting or polyester filling in your appliques to make them stand out.


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: alisonwonderland on February 25, 2005 09:32:10 AM
Another great idea would be to put some batting or polyester filling in your appliques to make them stand out.

Funny that you say that because the last one I made actually had batting in it.. not in the appliques but all over (there was no applique on this one, the fabric was nice enough by itself) It feels really nice!


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: roysie on February 26, 2005 12:36:18 PM
Question: How did you keep the cardboard in place while you stitched it? Did you just hold it the best you could? I think I may try some double stick tape because I think glue might seep through too much. Or a glue stick.


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: alisonwonderland on March 06, 2005 08:57:44 PM
Question: How did you keep the cardboard in place while you stitched it? Did you just hold it the best you could? I think I may try some double stick tape because I think glue might seep through too much. Or a glue stick.

Yeah, I just held it. But the tape sounds like a good idea too!


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: cottonpatch on June 22, 2005 10:50:24 AM
oooooh wow this is awsome...I'm going to have to make one of these and I know just the fabric i'm gonna use!  Awesome tutorial you rock!


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: sookyb on July 01, 2005 06:40:00 PM
hi! i am new to craftster, and addictedverymuch. :O)
i was wondering what kind of thread you used to bind the pages together? just a regular poly/cotton all-purpose thread? or did you use something more heavy duty, like a nylon upholstery thread?

hooray for craftiness!

~sarah


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: Giggles on July 02, 2005 01:44:40 PM
thats wicked cool! thanks sooo much for the tutorial i might just have to try that!
 :-* momo


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: capitanjen on July 03, 2005 02:10:37 AM
im new to all this stuff and i have a question. even though its probably REALLY obvious, i was wondering how you attached the papers for the inside to the cover. can you please explain that to me? thanks in advance!


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: gluey on July 08, 2005 10:55:44 AM
Jen, Do you mean how you attatch all the pages to the actual book?  After they are bound i just used E600 glue, I know a lot of people use rubber cement though.


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: alisonwonderland on July 09, 2005 03:52:36 PM
To bind it together I just use a length of embroidery thread, and I just leave all 6 strands together. You want something that's pretty strong so you won't have to worry about it breaking, because I've had that happen when I used something too thin and it was a pain...

I use rubber cement to attach it, but as gluey said E6000 is good too.


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: Loveliness on July 15, 2005 04:24:00 AM
The yellow one with the flower is so cute! :o This is a great gift idea. I have to try this some day.
Thanks for making a tutorial.  :)


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: its_alisha_duh on July 15, 2005 04:42:04 AM
I'm making one right now for my best friend's birthday! and it's green fuzzy fabric!!

thanks for the tute!


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: Kelda on July 16, 2005 01:33:01 PM
Very cool, but I know I would never be able to do it!


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: Loveliness on July 17, 2005 12:41:01 AM
I made two yesterday! :D Thanks for the great tutorial!


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: expluswhy on July 24, 2005 09:17:36 PM
so instead of cutting 18 sheets of 8 1/2" x 11" paper in half, did you just use the whole sheets and fold them?

i just cut all my paper in half realizing if i fold, it won't fit in the cover i made. duh.


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: brownsugar13 on July 27, 2005 12:32:00 PM
awesome!!!!


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: lalapants on July 31, 2005 04:01:08 PM
thanks you thanks you thanks you  for this...i'm making my own as we speak (waiting for the hot glue to dry!)...i can't believe how easy it is to sew those pages together! this is great, all my friends are getting homemade journals and recipe books from me this year.  ;D



Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: Sans Nom on August 18, 2005 01:57:31 AM
So, the spine of the binded pages isn''t attached to the spine of the journal itself?

Great looking journal btw!


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: lolakey on August 19, 2005 05:25:13 PM
What a fantastic idea. Thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial.


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: brookenic on August 20, 2005 04:18:22 PM
These are awesome!!!!!! I always gravitate torwards journals in book stores and they are always crazy expensive for the ones that are cute. Thanks so much for posting!!!


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: lolakey on August 22, 2005 09:18:57 AM
I made one last night and it turned out pretty good considering I can't follow directions very well. The only thing I did wrong was make the spine way too wide so it looks kinda funny, but now I know for next time. Thanks! I'm sure my next one will turn out perfectly.


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: alisonwonderland on August 24, 2005 08:31:02 PM
So, the spine of the binded pages isn''t attached to the spine of the journal itself?


Nope. That way it's much easier to open and close!


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: tisteeni on August 25, 2005 06:20:22 PM
This is a SUPER tutorial! I cannot wait to try this! I doubt mine will be nearly as sweet as yours but I can try  8)


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: kittenkraft on September 17, 2005 01:27:59 PM
this is going to be perfect[/font]
   great idea. i'm going to make a photo album for my boyfriend with pictures of us. thanks for the tute.


jen loves you


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: nutritiongal on October 02, 2005 07:40:44 AM
This is really cool!
I feel bad about this but *bump*!

What are the dimensions of the finished journal? Or did you say?

Never mind! :)


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: absenceofcolour on October 06, 2005 09:25:49 AM
This is so cute. I think this would make awesome holiday gifts! Or pretty much for any occasion.

And, I just had to say it, your nails are so cute. Hehe, I wouldn't have the patience to paint something so intricate on my nails. All I do is chip at my polish anyway.


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: alisonwonderland on October 09, 2005 09:18:25 AM
And, I just had to say it, your nails are so cute. Hehe, I wouldn't have the patience to paint something so intricate on my nails. All I do is chip at my polish anyway.

Lol.. you know why I do paint that little flower? It lasts for weeks, and it's relatively hard to chip at.. and it only takes a couple of minutes to paint on there. I just do my thumb (not all the fingers) and it makes me feel like I have pretty nails with very little work or time!


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: kaleidoscopeeyes on October 11, 2005 03:31:51 PM
wow.  that's beautiful.  kudos.


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: C-bella on November 09, 2005 07:06:15 AM
I LOVE THIS!! I think i am going to attempt one!


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: DementedSoul on December 14, 2005 06:35:51 PM
Very nice looking! Im going to attempt this tonight hehe. I love the corduroy!!! Soooooo beautiful


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: bookbinder on December 15, 2005 06:26:37 AM
A+ Very nice I would blog that tutorial if I were you.

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Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: 6iggle on December 17, 2005 12:14:00 PM
wow..
im gonna have to try this one day.. =)
thanks for the tutorial
good job


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: KittyKurl on December 18, 2005 01:15:43 PM
That is really nice! I am going to make one right now! *hurries off to craft room*
Great Job!
Oh, did you just use a normal sewing needle that you would use for normal fabric on your sewing machine? Or did you use a paper needle, or something like that?


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: alisonwonderland on December 20, 2005 12:11:35 AM
Oh, did you just use a normal sewing needle that you would use for normal fabric on your sewing machine? Or did you use a paper needle, or something like that?

I just used the regular needle that was in my machine, I would just suggest that you dont' use too huge of a needle and keep your stitches spaced decently apart so they don't punch the cardboard in half :)



Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: purplegal05 on December 20, 2005 09:52:42 AM
beautiuous! Great tutorial


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: kees on March 23, 2006 08:22:02 AM
wow, gonna try it.. thanks! =)


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: missamorphosis on March 28, 2006 11:52:53 AM
Wow...that is really cool! Thanks for the tutorial. I'm obsessed with journals, so I'm going to have to try that.


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: TwiztidBlood on March 28, 2006 06:45:38 PM
beautiful, very good idea


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: polkie on July 12, 2006 12:33:36 PM
Hey, can i ask, if i were to attempt this with a furry material instead of just plain cloth, you think it'd work as well? Or the book wont even close? Hmm,


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: alisonwonderland on July 15, 2006 09:52:22 AM
Hey, can i ask, if i were to attempt this with a furry material instead of just plain cloth, you think it'd work as well? Or the book wont even close? Hmm,

Hmm..I'd say it would depend on how furry your furry fabric is, and how much ease you give to the spine. You might need to give it more space for the spine to close around than I do in my tutorial and then it would probably close.


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: iamthe_disco on August 08, 2006 05:17:53 PM
This is a great idea!  :)

Ooooh! I think i'm gonna make covers like that for my binders next year for school!



Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: alisonwonderland on August 08, 2006 05:52:21 PM
Ooooh! I think i'm gonna make covers like that for my binders next year for school!



That's a great idea :) You'd have the cutest binders of anyone, by far!


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: Sparkiy on August 23, 2006 06:27:26 AM
Hang on crazy lady! You sewed through cardboard with your machine?
(I'm realy jealous, I think my machine would cough sputter and die if I tried that.)

The book looks great, BTW


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: serealis on November 08, 2006 03:52:53 PM
did you have to use a different sort of needle for going through the cardboard? i've tried sewing on a number of different things, cardboard didn't make my machine happy (although it's a cheapie)... i guess another question would be -- what did you set your machine to as far as 'material' settings go?

if you're ever in a dick blick store, michael's, or other craft store -- check out liquitex gel polymer medium; it's what i use for book binding. i use the matte sort for adhering things and the gloss for a nice gloss coat on the outside (i gloss coat things a lot. too much probably).
spray mount (the glue that comes in an aresol can) is meant for simple things like mounting a piece of paper on a piece of illustration board for show and the like, it's no good for something that will go through any amount of abuse.
i also warn against using regular ol' glues, as well -- elmer's becomes brittle after time, most other glues deteriorate in strange ways and/or lose their adhesive quality. aah yeah... school totally paid off.


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: Xaneth on November 19, 2006 07:04:51 AM
I'm just about to start one of these, and I need to ask: When sewing, how do you make sure the three bits of cardboard are right length apart? Pinning doesn't really work, as it moves all over the place. :S


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: Empress on November 20, 2006 03:11:48 PM
I would like to know about the needle and sewing machine question as well. My machine won't accept much... so i usually end up doing it by hand.

I would imagine tape might be a good placeholder...

Thanks for the tutorial!


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: alisonwonderland on November 20, 2006 04:32:20 PM
I do one piece of cardboard at a time and I just hold it tight in place and do one side tight and then go the next side of the cardboard.

I always start with one of the larger side pieces, then do the middle piece, then the other side. I don't pin, I'm just slow and careful :) Tape might work well, though.


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: weeta on December 09, 2006 07:23:35 PM
holy carp, I have been bookbinding for almost two years and have been PAINFULLY punching all my holes with an awl or a needle, or slicing an xacto down the folded edge (easier, but it looks so icky).
...It never occurred to me to use nails and a hammer!!!! brilliant!!! so much easier and dang if that's not ten times more fun!! thank you for posting this!!!


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: Giggles on December 16, 2006 11:17:13 AM
i started making one of these recently and i plan to finish very soon. But uh i wondered how sturdy they are. Like how long do you think itll last?


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: meronym on December 16, 2006 11:22:19 AM
wow! Thank you for the tutorial for this! I was thinking of how to make one for a friend for Xmas and now I can!! Just have to find this hot glue and the other glues..I have no idea! lol

Will post a pic when I make it :D

Yours were great, thanks again :D


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: alisonwonderland on December 23, 2006 04:53:47 PM
i started making one of these recently and i plan to finish very soon. But uh i wondered how sturdy they are. Like how long do you think itll last?

They last really well..I've had a couple friends use them to write all the way through and they've held up, the only thing that was a bit weak at the end was the glue holding the front and back pages to the outside, it started pulling up a bit.  So you might want to make your own choice on that. But the sewing and the binding held up great!


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: kokiriforest on December 28, 2006 12:32:02 AM
that's a beautiful tutorial! thank you.


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: Debbie J on March 02, 2008 10:48:30 AM
Thank you so much for this tutorial!  It is just awesome. I have made journals similar to these, but didn't use the sewing machine. I'll have to get mine out and try this one.  I made Day Planners for all of our female relatives for Christmas this past year. Everyone seemed to love them! I loved making them.


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: hahnasay on March 03, 2008 11:23:13 AM
thats so cool, im think i may try it  :D


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: Atrapos on May 07, 2008 02:00:37 AM
Wonderful, I'll definitely be using this in the near future.


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: myinsaneleenie on May 07, 2008 04:49:36 AM
this is great! i love the flowers!
i'm a seamstress too [whee!] and i've been wanting to bind a book too...
so i've been hanging around this board :D


but omg, your sn
cracks me up
my mother's name is Allison, and at every holiday, my grandfather likes to remind us that he wanted to name her Allison Wonderland
hahah
you just brightened my day :D


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: Riechan on September 20, 2008 06:21:38 AM
does anybody know how I can attach the pages to the cardboard without using hot glue??
with stitches maybe? but than I have to attach them first to the cardboard and later on sewing the fabric to the cardboard or???


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: purringbubbles on September 22, 2008 09:10:51 AM
thank you for this tutorial.  i'm a crocheter with a bit of a sewing streak, but i want to create my own journal.  this is perfecto.


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: bunsenhoneydew13 on August 18, 2009 09:32:19 AM
Thank you for the awesome tutorial!  :D


Title: Re: sewn journal *tutorial added*
Post by: stringofpearls on October 12, 2009 10:21:14 PM
I love the flower design on this!