Scrappy Journal TUTORIAL

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Today is the first day of Twelve MORE Weeks of Christmas and I’m pretty excited! This tutorial is a scrappy journal; it will make the perfect gift for anyone on your list. I first made one for myself. Lets just say that I learned a lot:) And then I made one for the guru. And then I made tons more as gifts! They’re addicting AND they use up scraps!!

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Let’s get started!!
1. Fabric & Supplies: You need a hardbound book. I buy the 8 1/2″ x 11″ version. I’ve found the smaller ones are more difficult, but any size will do! I bought this one at Michaels for $9.99. You’ll need a half yard of flannel. (If you’re local, go to Sew Original for this. They have the best kind. It’s called heavy chamois flannel. Chamois is pronounced shammy:) You’ll also need one 2″ x wof (width of fabric) for binding.

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And a bunch of scraps!! It’s the perfect time to use all those small hoarded pieces of precious fabrics.

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2. Measuring: Measuring the book properly is key to your success! I’ve made a worksheet to help you measure.

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3. Cutting: Cut a piece of flannel to Measurement One + 1″ x Measurement Two + 1″. You’re adding 1″ because you’ll want excess to square up after you quilt.

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4. Piecing: This is an anything goes section! You could make blocks, use hexies or even use one fabric you love. I’ve chosen to scrappy piece. There are a couple “blocks” that I used as well. Start by selecting some fabrics to fussy cut.

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Square in a Square: Here is how I make these; there are lots of ways. My center will be the bunny. I cut him 2″ x 2″. Because the center of this block is on point, I cut him out on point. For my outside square, I cut 2″ larger on both sides; in this case, it’s 4″ x 4″.

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Cut it in half diagonally in both directions.

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It will frame the bunny like so.

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Sew two opposing corners with a 1/4″ seam.

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Press and you should have this.

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Trim off the excess.

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Sew on the other two opposing corners.

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Press and you should have this. This background is oversized so that you can square it up and get perfect points.

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Square up the block 1/4″ outside of the points.

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This is what you should have!

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When you attach another piece to this block, you want to sew through the intersection.

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This will give you the perfect point every time!

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Log Cabin: I prefer to accurately cut all my pieces before making a log cabin. It ensures a more accurate block.

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Sew piece by piece.

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You can trim it so that the sides are different widths for added interest.

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Frame (Courthouse Steps): This is a variation on the log cabin. As with the log cabin, I prefer precutting all pieces to what they should be. Easier to piece AND more accurate!!

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Sew the shorter pieces first and then add the other two sides. Voila!

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Layout all your pieces and blocks and just start piecing! You cannot mess this up!

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This is a great time to use selvage! Lay it 1/4″ on top of the piece you want to connect it to.

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Topstitch about an 1/8″ from the edge.

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This is what it should look like.

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Keep piecing! Lay it on your flannel as you work so you’ll know if you have enough.

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You’re done when your piece covers the flannel. Do not trim.

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5. Basting & Quilting: I prefer safety pins for basting.

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Use your walking foot for straight line quilting.

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And some free motion quilting if you like!

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Practice different designs in each square.

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6. Trimming: Trim the quilted piece to Measurement One x Measurement Two.

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It should look like this.

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7. Binding: Press the 2″ strip in half lengthwise. Cut this piece in half so you have two pieces of binding measuring approximately 20″.

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Attach each piece of binding to the short ends using a 1/4″ seam.

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Finger press the binding.

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Press.

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Turn over the whole piece. And finger press it from the top.

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Press again. Make sure the binding is tightly wrapped around the edge.

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Use wonderclips (or pins) to hold the binding in place.

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Topstitch the binding. If you’re a Bernina user, use a #10 foot:)

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This is what it should look like.

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Trim off the excess binding.

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Ta-Da!

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8. Finishing: Fold in the bound edge 4 1/4″. Fold right sides together.

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Measure in from the raw edges 1 1/4″ and mark a line.

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It should look like this. Mark and pin both ends.

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Sew along the line. Back stitch front and back a few stitches at the binding to lock the stitches. Sew all four lines.

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Turn the piece right side out.

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I use this corner tool. Chopsticks also work well!

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Press.

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Insert the book putting excess fabric to the outside. It will be snug.

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You’re done!!

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These are great fun to make! Please add any that you make to my Made with May Chappell Flickr group! See you next week for the Mod Tree Wall Hanging!!

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14 thoughts on “Scrappy Journal TUTORIAL

  1. Love it! I already have that book from Michaels that I have been wanting to cover. Now you have inspired me….AGAIN.

  2. Thanks for posting this. I took a class from you at Studio Stitch, with Justianne, years ago. Just digging out my UFO and hoped I could buy the instructions (which I can’t find). Lo and behold, here they are! Thanks! Happy 2016!

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