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Fabric and Scraps Journal

Not sure what to do with all of those fabric scraps? Don't throw them away! Instead, save them and make a fun recycled craft. A Fabric and Scrap Journal from Heidi Borchers is an eco-friendly way to record your thoughts and creative ideas.

Fabric and Scraps Journal


  • Fabric
  • Cereal box (cardboard)
  • Paper for journal pages
  • Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Glue
  • Yarn
  • Playing card
  • Felt
  • Ribbon and large needle
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Paper punch
  • Stylus scoring tool
  • Squeegee (plastic credit card or cardboard)
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Pencil
  • Cool2Cast
  • Alphabet letter tiles


  1. Cut two covers 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ from cereal box cardboard. Measure in 1/2″ from edge of covers and punch. Space and punch remaining holes evenly.

    Fabric and Scraps Journal
  2. Cut journal pages 5-1/4″ x 5-1/2″. Measure in 1/2″ along 5-1/2″ edge and punch. Space and punch remaining holes evenly to match journal cover punches.

    Fabric and Scraps Journal
  3. Measure in 1/2″ along punched edge of covers and score with stylus to create a bend line along the journal spine.

    Fabric and Scraps Journal
  4. Cut (or rip) 4 pieces of fabric 7″ square.

    Fabric and Scraps Journal
  5. On one piece of fabric, layout scraps of fabric and felt to create design.

    Fabric and Scraps Journal
  6. Apply Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Glue to back of scraps and squeegee glue to create even coat of glue. Glue scraps in place on fabric. You should be able to move right along to the sewing step even while the glue is still wet. I found it did not gum up my sewing machine needle.

    Fabric and Scraps Journal
  7. On my first scrap, I set my sewing machine to zig zag and stitched a piece of yarn over the fabric scrap.

    Fabric and Scraps Journal
  8. On this piece, I set my sewing machine to straight stitch and I fed the yarn in and looped it back and forth while I stitched.

    Fabric and Scraps Journal
  9. Here’s the finished piece.

    Fabric and Scraps Journal
  10. For my last scrap embellishment, I stitched the felt with a straight stitch.

    Fabric and Scrap Journal
  11. To create the fabric covers, place cardboard on center of fabric and trace with pencil. This will give you a stitching line to follow.

    Fabric and Scraps Journal
  12. Place wrong sides together and stitch along 3 sides. Insert cover into opening and stitch closed. Your cardboard cover is now sandwiched between the two layers of fabric. Repeat for back.

    Fabric and Scraps Journal
  13. Find punched holes in cardboard and poke tip of craft knife through each hole. This will help when you stitch in the next step.

    Fabric and Scraps Journal
  14. Thread ribbon on needle and find top hole. Bring needle and ribbon through back cover, journal paper and front cover.

    Fabric and Scraps Journal
  15. Zig zag with needle and ribbon to create decorative binding. Bring both ends of ribbon to top and tie in bow.

    Fabric and Scraps Journal
  16. Glue alphabet letter in place on felt.

    Fabric and Scraps Journal
  17. Stitch fabric scraps on to playing card.

    Fabric and Scraps Journal
  18. Glue in place.

    Fabric and Scraps Journal
  19. Paint Cool2Cast Heart and glue onto playing card.

    Fabric and Scraps Journal

For a comprehensive video tutorial, check out How to Make a Mixed Media and Fabric Journal.


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