DIY Suede Bookcovers and Handmade Journals

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April is Earth Month and I’m taking part in Michaels RE-Love Challenge! The challenge was to take old items around our home that are maybe a little worn or have been sitting in the garage and with a little creativity turning them into something I love again….and save it from being thrown out. I had these old suede pants sitting around waiting to be remade into something (the last pair was made into a handbag!)  Since I love little moleskin notebooks I wanted to try and make some of my own….with suede covers.

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To make the easy little journals I took 5 sheets of regular 8.5×11″ copy paper and printed out my PDF (see download below) on the printer.  Then I took the 5 sheets and turned them over and reprinted the same file onto the other side:

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Here is my “lined journal page” template:

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For the cover of each journal I used regular kraft cardstock. I cut the cardstock in half to make a 5.5×8.5″ piece.  I cut the lined pages in half as well.  Then folded and assembled them as shown:

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Using my regular sewing machine and a regular needle I just carefully stitched down the center of the notebook:

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Then to make the journal/book covers I took an old pair of suede….be on the lookout for any old leather or suede item that could be dissassembled!

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I cut the following pieces for each cover:

One 5.75″ x 9″ rectangle
Two 5.75″ x 4″ rectangles
Two 1/4″ x 9″ strips

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For the first cover I made I cut out a little heart to embellish it:

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Before assembling the rest of the cover I stitched the heart into place using contrasting pink thread:

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Then the pieces were assembled as shown and I stitched all the way around the exterior of the cover to attach them together:

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Post sewing:

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A little handmade journal or bookcover would always be a welcome gift!


I love the long ties keeping the thoughts safe inside:

To make a second journal I cut the same pieces but used a piece of decorative foam as a stencil.  I placed the foam cutout on top of the suede pieces and used regular off white spray paint to create a pattern:

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I let the paint dry thoroughly and then stitched all my pieces together:

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A second journal/book cover….make one for an avid reader!

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The handmade notebooks slip easily inside:

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This journal is used to write down inspiring quotes:

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Use for: phone numbers, quotes, shopping lists, to-do lists etc….

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What will you fill your with?






Click below to check out the Lil Journal Project for ideas of what to fill your new journals with!
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Another idea for upcycling suede!

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  1. cheryl p c says

    thanks so much for sharing this! i’ve got a weekend get-away with my hubby in the planning stages – this would be a perfect travel journal for a quick trip!

  2. I promise I'm nice. says

    I think I would cut on more 3/4 inch (or something near that) and fold in to a small loop then sew it between the front or back pieces to make a pen holder. You could make it an even nicer gift with a pretty pen attached….just a thought.

  3. Margaret says

    Love this! I have a pair of suede pants that I’ve been holding on to for something like this. Did you use regular-weight or heavy-duty thread?


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