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.
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:
Here is my “lined journal page” template:
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:
Using my regular sewing machine and a regular needle I just carefully stitched down the center of the notebook:
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!
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
For the first cover I made I cut out a little heart to embellish it:
Before assembling the rest of the cover I stitched the heart into place using contrasting pink thread:
Then the pieces were assembled as shown and I stitched all the way around the exterior of the cover to attach them together:
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:
I let the paint dry thoroughly and then stitched all my pieces together:
A second journal/book cover….make one for an avid reader!
The handmade notebooks slip easily inside:
This journal is used to write down inspiring quotes:
Use for: phone numbers, quotes, shopping lists, to-do lists etc….
What will you fill your with?
Another idea for upcycling suede!