Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Homemade gift- Journal

With New Year's right around the corner, I thought I would share a great homemade gift idea- a food journal. This is a perfect gift for someone who is health conscious. This takes very little time (less than 1 hour,) is an affordable, and easy homemade gift.

1 composition book
2 fat quarters
Hot Glue or another strong glue
Ribbon (optional)

Step one:
Pick out 2 fat quarters of identical fabric. You may want to choose a dark color depending on the cover of the composition book. Some covers will show through a lighter fabric.

Step Two:
Iron fat quarters to remove any creases in fabric. Be sure to make sure the heat is appropriate for the fabric so you don't burn it or shrink the fabric.

Step Three:
Place one fat quarter on a flat surface, Wrap the cover in fabric, making sure both sides are equally covered. You will need to cut a small slit in the top and bottom of the fabric to allow the spine to flex as you open the book. Glue bottoms, and tops, leaving a 2 inch fold of fabric. Alternate from cover to cover with each glue, as it allows for the glue to dry and makes sure you are going to come out with an even fabric covering.

Step four:
Cut a rectangle of fabric to fit the exposed section of the cover, and glue in place.  

Step Five:

Glue the sides. Make sure that you can still close the book, and that the fabric is not too tight. I then ironed the inside covers to make sure that the glue fused to the fabric and the notebook.

You may notice that your book pops up a little when you close it. I wrapped some yarn around each side and across the cover to tighten the closure.

Add a ribbon, photos or other adornments to the cover if you want.

This gift is great for the writer in your family as well.

Merry Christmas!!


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