Tutorial time! I think this is only the second tutorial I've ever posted here, so forgive me if it's at all hard to follow. This is something I've been meaning to do for a while, as way of protecting my diary cover and using up some smaller pieces of fabric. I am very much a novice at sewing, so I shall be using very un-technical sewing terms, but hey, that just proves you don't have to be a wizard with the sewing machine to make this :)
I made this red cover about midway through last year, when I realised that the soft, fabric cover of my 2011 frankie diary was looking a little worse for wear (I'm the kind of person who likes to carry uncapped pens, water and all sorts of other things around in my handbag, so the diary cover really never stood a chance), so I thought I'd get in early this year, before my 2012 diary gets too battered!
Step 1: Choose your fabric! I picked up my fabric from the fabulous Patchwork on Central Park, where they sell little bundles of offcuts for about $12.00, or $2.00 for a single piece. I decided to make my cover a sort of patchwork, with 5 different fabric panels.