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Repurposed Necktie Journal Cover

Date Posted:18 September 2022 

A personalised journal cover is a great way to play around with different fabrics and styles and create something unique. In this video, we are going to reuse some old neckties and turn them into a patchwork journal cover. It's a fantastic way to be sustainable! This project is perfect for all levels of sewing, from beginner to advanced.

We have used any leftover scrap fabric from this project to create Repurposed Patchwork Coasters. Check them out and create your own →

What you'll need:

  • Sewing machine
  • 3-4 old ties (I’ll be using 3, but you can use 4 for more diversity)
  • Thread to match your fabric
  • Ruler and measuring tape (I’ll be using a 12” x 6.5” patchwork ruler)
  • Pins or small clips
  • Fabric scissors
  • Rotary cutter + cutting mat
  • Iron + Ironing board (I’ll be using a wool pressing mat)
  • Journal of your choice
  • Purple thang
Repurposed Neck Tie Journal Cover Project

Step Overview

The steps below are just an overview of the project instructions and must be used in conjunction with the tutorial video. Print these steps out to have beside you when watching the video as a reminder.

  1. Start by measuring the length and width of your journal when it’s laid flat. Add 1” onto each measurement for seam allowance.
  2. Cut one piece from your fabric using those measurements.
  3. Add 5” to the length of your original measurements (including the 1” seam allowance).
  4. Cut one piece from your fabric using those measurements.
  5. With your bigger piece, fold the short edges over ½” to the wrong side and Iron flat, then top stitch.
  6. Fold over each short end again 2” to the right side, making sure the ½” edge is facing up.
  7. Iron flat.
  8. Place your other fabric rectangle right side down, on top of your other piece. It should align perfectly.
  9. Pin or clip to secure.
  10. Sew around the entire perimeter of the rectangle, making sure to leave 2” at the top of the longer side to turn your journal cover right side out.
  11. Clip the corners to reduce bulk.
  12. Flip your cover right side out and iron flat.
  13. Flip the 2” overturned edges to the right side.
  14. Top stitch around the entire perimeter of the cover, making sure you stitch the turning hole shut.
  15. Press flat again with your iron.
  16. Insert the ends of your journal into the flaps of the cover.
  17. You're done!

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Repurposed Neck Tie Journal Cover Project
Repurposed Neck Tie Journal Cover Project
Repurposed Neck Tie Journal Cover Project
Repurposed Neck Tie Journal Cover Project


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