Kraft Tex Journal Cover

Kraft Tex Journal Cover

Hey remember just yesterday in high school
when we had to cover our textbooks with an old grocery sack? Well I’ve got one better,
one that will last a lifetime, one using Kraft Tex. Let’s get started. That’s right, one of the best things about
being able to sew is we can make awesome gifts for our friends. This was a fantastic gift
that was given to me. Thanks, Val I absolutely love it. This is a custom made cloth journal
cover. You often see it over here on the set at Man Sewing. One of my pieces of inspiration
I have back there to keep me moving and motivated. And like I said I was also inspired for today’s
tutorial by thinking about those old brown sack book covers. And with the brown sack
book covers it started making me think, let’s get rugged. What are we going to use that’s
going to be awesome and rugged and last a lifetime. And so I started using the Kraft
Tex which is a fantastic fiber. It’s put out by C&T. It comes on these big rolls so
you have plenty to work with for any size journal cover. Today’s video I’m going
to break down how to make the cover and then I’m going to talk about the applique. So
you can do big or you can do something small like that that you can keep in your purse
or in your handbag, right? But I am ready to make this background, let’s get started. Ok I’m going to lay these steps out for
you whether you’re making the small little journal cover or the big journal cover. This
math is kind of going to be generic and loose so that you can follow along. I want to show
you the finished parts so you understand what we’re doing as we make the journal cover.
So the first thing is I’m going to call this back the spine. This is the outside spine
or the skinny part of the journal. Also on the journal we’re going to be making an
inner sleeve that we’re going to fit there. And then as I start to unpack this you’re
going to also see that I have these two small sleeves that come up from the bottom edges.
And on this particular one I have stitched around all of my applique pieces. So all of
the stitching of the applique would be done first before we do the topstitching that you
see around the outer edge. So we’re going to talk about that as we’re breaking this
down. So the first thing you need to do is take
the journal, whatever size you’re going to do, big or small and measure it. And once
you measure it I want you to go roughly eight inches longer and four inches taller than
the journal itself so that you can make those sleeves I just showed you. The first creases
come from finding the center point of the long distance. So mine happened to be 26 so
at 13 was my center point. And that center point is actually the middle of your spine.
So when I lay this on my center point I happened to measure about an inch and a half worth
of spine. So ¾ on either side. Sorry about all the math, I told you it would be generic.
Ok, so we just want to make a crease big enough for our spine. And when I’m making my creases
what I like to do is I like to use my ruler. And I fold it first up against my ruler like
yay. And then as I fold it all the way over I take the blunt end of an object like my
rotary cutter. I make sure that I’m lined up on both sides. And then I give a nice press,
making sure my blade is always covered of course when using it that way. And you want
to make sure that you’re only making the creases you really want. The creases will
always show over time. So we want to make sure we’re accurate as we do those. So you
have a crease on either side of the spine, ok? Then the next creases I actually do is
I actually am going to come up an inch or well I’m sorry, I said make it four inches
so roughly two inches from the bottom. And we’re also going to come up roughly two
inches from the top. And I want to point out here, if you look really close, my cover is
slightly larger than the journal itself. And we’re going to need that because when we
topstitch we’re going to do basically a quarter inch or a scant quarter inch around.
So we’re buying in that distance, ok? And then the other folds are made by keeping your
spine in the contact there of the cover and finding where these edges go. Those edges
you also going to want to have about a quarter inch on either side. So that you can make
sure that it folds open and closed nice and easy like yay. And that we can also topstitch
around . So you want to make sure that the journal cover itself works perfectly before
we do any of our decorating. Now Kraft Tex is awesome because you can decorate in a million
different ways. Now of course when it comes to decorating
you can paint on the Kraft Tex. You can use sharpie markers or those cool acrylic paint
pens. You can even decoupage regular fabric down. That’s kind of where my mind started
with this. But I thought I want to make applique using Kraft Tex as well because it comes in
all of these really cool and mountain like colors for our mountain or our nature scene
today. So go ahead and zip down into the description below and print yourselfs out the printables.
I want to point out we have two pages for you. We have the trees and the moon. And we
also have the mountains and the snowcap. They’ve been reversed or transposed so if you’re
using this with fusible web and regular fabric, it’s already backwards for you. As well
as when we trace onto our Kraft Tex, all of our markings will be on the back so we don’t
have to cut so perfectly. Now let me show you what I’m talking about
though when I say markings. Here you can see one of the cutouts from our large tree, right?
And what I did in order to get that cutout set up on there is I simply took a piece of
my old fashioned wax paper, right? And I set it between the layers where I also had my
big tree. And I’ll just do this real quick, making sure it fits, right? And then I like
to use a red pen so I know where I’ve already traced around. And you want to put some good
pressure down. So you’re just going to come in here and you’re going to trace around
that tree or whatever design you’re doing, right? Anything that you can draw or that
you can print out that’s a free piece of clipart or something, you can create an applique
from. And I’m not even worrying about the lines right now. I’m just giving you the
idea of what I’m doing because I’m not even looking at where I’m tracing right
now. And the fun part is if you look at our printable really close, and I’ll show you
in a second when I’m done with my red lines. But the negative space that comes from where
you were working is also part of the design. And I’ll point those pieces out in just
a second. So once you’ve traced all the way around your tree. And I used the red so
I could see where I’ve been working. It’s going to come right through like that onto
your Kraft Tex. And from that point all you have to do is cut out the tree and you have
one of your appliques already made. So I said I would point out in the description,
on the bottom of our printable that has the mountains, that extra part there I added in
so it could be saved in for these rocks below kind of finishes the tree off real nice like
that. And then also you can see we kind of had a half tree and the half tree comes from
this dotted line area over here. And then it’s kind of the negative space so you only
really have to cut it out once and it makes two trees. And any scraps that you have or
any negative space that you have of course you can use to make other parts of your design
as you’re being creative on your own. Now let me show you how I lay these out as
we walk through this, ok? The first thing I like to start with and I pointed out, I’ve
already transposed or flipped the design so that all your marking is on the back so you
should have nice clean images that is coming down without any markings showing there. And
so I start with my mountain range. And I put it almost at about half in the middle of the
journal there. And then I’m going to bring in my snow caps for my mountains just like
that. And then my large tree I kind of start and I kind of place it near the bottom. When
I do my topstitching I can catch some of these things at the bottom and so, as well as I
can trim before I do my topstitching. So like these parts that are hanging off, no problem.
And then I’m going to take my half tree and I’m going to set it over here. And I’m
going to take my other tree and I’m going to set it kind of on the front. And then this
little set of extra rocks is used to cover that up just like that. And then of course
if you want it to be a fun nighttime, I would put the moon in there. And I like to keep
my moon opposite of the big trees just to kind of keep the weight and the balance of
the journal cover looking nice. Now I want to show you the two different ways
that you can apply your applique. So if you want to topstitch like I did here. And I will
say, I love to free motion machine quilt and I think I’m pretty slick at it. I did struggle
a little bit and the reason was is because of the, the needle itself was kind of going
nice and slow to stay in, going through the Kraft Tex but also stay on target. So use
a sharps style needle for your free motion. Take it nice and slow. And if you’re going
to do the free motion work, because of the way it’s going to fit inside of the sleeve,
you need to do all of your sewing first and then do your top sewing of the edge. So all
of that stitching is down in there. Hopefully you can see that nice. So all your topstitching,
all your free motion quilting around your applique first. And if you are sewing it down
I’m going to recommend strongly you just use the lapel stick. The lapel stick is a
nice bond but it’s not going to put a bunch of thickness there that we’re going to have
to put a needle through later. And if you’re doing that you’re basically going to just
take and apply it to the back side of your trees or your mountains or whatnot. So it
doesn’t take much. And you actually don’t even need to get it all the way out to the
edge. You’re just holding the body of that down, ok? So I just have a little bit of glue
up and down the center there. And then I would come back in and I would press this down like
yay. And I’m going to hold it in place for a little bit. And I might even weight this
down a little bit before I do any of the machine sewing. Now if you don’t want to do the machine
sewing and have yours turn out like this, and it is a little bit more rigid and stiff
because I’ve used the glue. This here is my fabric fuse that I love so much. Now it’s
got this tiny little applicator tip. So when you’re using it what you might want to do
is put your glue down and know I’m being risky doing it right on top of the journal
here. But we’re going to put our glue down. And because it’s going to run a little bit
I’m not putting it right up to the edge. And I’m using a very thin bead. But I do
want to come out into these little tips a little bit so it will hold down nice over
time. If you wanted to take and use the actual tip itself and spread it out so that we don’t
have a big glob or goo ball that is in there that’s going to squish out when we’re
done. So we’re going to get it out to the edges. And what I did because I wasn’t sure,
I like the stitches, I wanted to hold it in place. Is I made my sample piece here and
then like I can literally not tear this apart here. So this glue is fantastic. And if you
get it all the way out to your outer edges of your applique pieces, it will hold forever.
Just like your journal cover will hold up forever. Now our very last step we need to do to also
secure the outside pieces is we’re going to do our topstitching. So I literally just
started basically in one corner. And I came and I topstitched all the way around the perimeter
obviously catching the pieces that were along the side so those were trimmed first. All
the way back around to my start point. And that also helps secure the inner pocket that
we’ll use to slide our journal inside of, right? So now that you have that all set up, you
can keep your textbooks nice and clean for the longest time as you bounce back and forth
from your locker to the cafeteria out to the quad to hang out with your buddies and being
part of your clique and everything. And I tell you what, Wait is that what I hear? Is
that the bell? Class is dismissed until next week here at Man Sewing.

22 thoughts on “Kraft Tex Journal Cover

  1. Totally dig it! I really love Kraft-Tex, its such a cool "fabric"ish thing to work with. Awesome tutorial as per usual! 🙂

  2. Hey Folks, the printable link is on the landing page, Listed as Free PDF Enjoy, Rob

  3. Like the tutorial but where are the patterns? I have gone to the MSQC site as suggested and could not find them.

  4. I surely do remember having to make those book covers from the brown Kraft grocery bags. I have some of this product and now I know exactly what I'm going to make for my daughter the writer.

  5. This video is so timely- I've been thinking about re-covering a Bible with it. I may just feel comfortable enough to give it a try! Thanks!!

  6. thank-you for this project. I will share this with my quilt guild. I am encouraging them to try new exciting things. Plus I some Kraft-Tex. Thank-you Happy Creating.

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