I love making these little journal covers! They're so simple and quick to whip up for a personalized gift. But, when I embarked on making 6 of them I have to be honest---- I was BORED!!!
They are all so cute. I love the fun fabrics! I just don't like the repitition. I stuck in there and got them finished.
I made one for myself (remember my new girlfriends?) and the others are for my grade level teacher friends. Each journal cover uses 2 fat quarters of fabric and an 11x16 piece of fusible web or batting. I added various ribbons for ties and book markers. This is the first time I quilted the fusible web to the outside of the cover. It really made them look more professional. I also added pockets. Some have them on the outside and others are on the inside flaps. I planned the sizes of the pockets to fit pens, stickie notes, and even added a couple big enough for our cell phones. I usually top-stitch all the way around the journals, but this time I opted out. My hope is that keeping them a little loose will allow enough room for our school calendars to slip right inside the back.
Pre-K will be the talk of the school during our back to school in-service days! Which, by the way, begins on Friday the 13th---how appropriate! I am going to use my journal all year long. I will be able to grab it and go each time we have those "quick meetings" that always seem to sneak up on us at school. And of course I am keeping the fruity babes!
I promise you there will be 'off-task' behaviors, but we will be doodling in style!