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Spy Journal by Sew Happily Ever After

Posted on Jul 1, 2016 by in Mystery Month, Season 4 | 1 comment

Hi everyone! I’m Linda from Sew Happily Ever After. I’m happy to be back here blogging for the Crafting Con mystery theme this month. I hope you will visit me over at my blog. Check out my pattern shop for my newest pattern. I’m working to make more, so don’t forget to favorite my shop. Sign up for my newsletter so we can stay in touch.

This month’s Crafting Con theme is mystery. When this was first announced, I had all kinds of ideas. But none of those appealed to me when it came time to actually create the project. I was browsing (affiliate link) UpCraft Club one evening and came across the North Pond Notebook Journal cover. I knew this was the perfect project to add some applique to so I could create a top secret notebook for my spy loving kid.

I love this notebook cover. I love also that it fits a composition notebook, so no need to buy a special notebook. Two sizes are given though so you can make a smaller size to fit a moleskin journal. It also includes instructions to make the cover larger or smaller so you can customize your cover to fit almost anything you want. Enlarging the cover would be a cool way to cover a 3-ring binder for school.

There are several pocket options so you can customize your cover for your needs. I especially like adding small pen/pencil pockets to one of the pockets. That would be the perfect gift for any artist filled with colored or sketching pencils. I think this pattern is also going to become my go to gift for birthday parties and such.

The applique was easy to make. I went into PicMonkey (do you use PicMonkey? It’s seriously the easiest and simplest online photo editing software) and chose a font that looked like it fit with the mystery theme. I typed the letters to spell Top Secret then printed it the size I wanted. After that use your favorite method of applique to attach the letters to the front of the notebook cover. This has to be done before sewing the notebook together.

For this cover, I used 1 inch cotton webbing for the strap, but instructions are given in the pattern to make a strap using fabric. i also replaced the snap with velcro–those instructions are also included in the pattern. 
What fabrics will you use to make your journal cover?
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1 Comment

  1. Just noticed this! Such a cute idea! It looks awesome.

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