Making a reusable fabric journal cover
Learn how to make a unique reusable fabric journal cover that is a great gift for any occasion! Easy to make and personalize!
In this course you will learn how to make a reusable fabric journal cover using Cartonnage technique. It is a hardcover with no sewing required! You will be able to change the journal inside when it is finished and replace it for another one. It is an unique handmade piece that it is a great gift! Easy and quick to make, using simple and not expensive tools and materials!
You will learn how to make your own cover for any size of journal and you will also learn how to make small journal covers reusing cereal boxes. Plus, different ways to use fabric or adding closure systems.
Here you will learn how to cut paper and make all project by yourself, or, you can buy a precut DIY kit with all pre cut paper needed to make the project and start from that.
Choose your fabric and let's get started in the joy of Cartonnage! Have fun!
I'm Claudia Squio a Brazilian-American artist living in Michigan and focusing on cartonnage, that is a traditional art of making boxes covered with fabric or paper. I design fabric boxes and cases and teach this amazing technique at quilt stores, quilt guilds and also through my online cartonnage school. I have authored the book “Cartonnage Basics & Beyond – The complete guide to make fabric boxes”. Besides creating the pieces and teaching I also develop some DIY kits and tools that can be used for my students to have fun, feel the relaxing power of crafting and facilitate the process of fabric box making.
StartWelcome to this course (4:24)
StartYOUR NOTES (tracking) ABOUT THESE PROJECTS/COURSE
StartAbout chipboard and how to cut your paper for cartonnage projects (29:17)
StartHow to apply glue and have great and neat corners for your projects (6:47)
StartImportant tips to keep in mind
StartDimensions to make journal covers (updated in July 2018) (8:18)
StartMaking the outside part of the cover (7:26)
StartCovering the outside of the cover with ONE fabric (13:00)
StartMaking the inside of the cover (updated in July 2018) (17:51)
StartVariation1: Applying elastic to the cover (9:18)
StartFinishing the journal cover (5:14)
StartThe final step: taking off the masking tape and some important tips to fix some problems (5:58)
StartVariation2: covering the outside of the cover using TWO different fabrics (updated in July 2018) (19:19)
StartVariation 3: Applying button to close the journal cover (10:08)
StartVariation 4: Reusing Cereal boxes to make small journal covers (4:27)
StartBONUS: instruction with pictures step-by-step (updated in July 2018)
See what students are saying
Claudia does an excellent job of describing the process of Cartonnage. The videos are easy to follow and Claudia explains each step in great detail. You can rewind and fast forward to do the work at your own pace. Claudia will answer any of your questions that come up. Cartonnage does not require any specialized tools but the toolkit makes things easier. The kits will save you time because all the paper is already cut out. But you can cut the paper out yourself too. Cartonnage is fun and not difficult to learn! I would recommend these videos for anyone interested in learning about Cartonnage. Betsy
I am not a skilled crafter, but
Claudia's online classes made me feel like one!
I found the instructions were detailed yet clear and simple to follow.
It was fun. I am delighted with the results.
It is particularly important for me as a visual learner
to see the instructions and then follow with her demonstrations. I could follow and complete each process with
ease and confidence step by step. Her attention to detail is valuable in the
See what "local Cartonnage students" are saying
I am dazzled by my new notebook and box! Claudia's teaching is wonderful. She paces the class very well and her instructions are clear and precise. She has a wonderful range of projects. I also like the idea of buying a kit and getting the instructions with very helpful photos. But best of all, she has all of the pieces cut in a kit – WOW!!! That is so fabulous for us that we do not have to worry about cutting out the pieces. Sherri
I LOVE the way my box turned out & now I'll be able to keep track of my cartonnage tools. Claudia is such a good teacher & can't wait to take another class. Karen
Claudia's cartonnage classes have been a thoroughly fun and rewarding experience. Thanks to her patient and supportive approach to teaching; clear, step-by-step instructions (both in class and in detailed printed directions); and complete, reasonably priced DIY kits, I have learned to create a variety of unique items, including boxes, journals, sewing kits, frames, trays, wallets, and more. Because Claudia is so well-organized, she demonstrates cartonnage concepts and steps in a way that is easy to understand and follow, even for a beginner. I highly recommend her classes for anyone seeking an introduction to a technique that offers limitless creative possibilities with simple, inexpensive tools and materials. Jan
First of all, the instructions are exquisite. They are professional in every way and every detail. Second, the kits, numbered, professionally cut and laid out are also exceptional. I don't know other people who teach or present cartonnage classes, but Claudia's kits are top of the line. They are also very reasonably priced. Lastly, and most important, she is highly skilled and present classes effectively. She is professional along with extremely kind, considerate, helpful and very sincere. I love her classes for all those reasons. The bonus is learning these skills and coming away with a finished project I am really proud of. Maria
My sewing kit looks great! I'm really proud of it. She is a great teacher. Keep up the good work Claudia! Looking forward to many more classes with you. Molly
Frequently Asked Questions
None! No expensive machines, no sewing to work with Cartonnage. In this technique we use paper, fabric and glue as the main material. The tools are very simple and easy to find.
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