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Time
50 mins

At Home with Handmade Books
You may become sleepy as you jot down your dreams in this book. A variation of the Sock Book, the cover of this book is sewn from a vintage pillowcase. It is a bit more challeng- ing to create, but worth the effort.

Finished size
81?2" x 7" x 3?8" tools

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  • How to decorate an altered journal. Pillowcase Dream Journal - Step 1
    Step 1

    Trim your papers to size with a metal ruler and craft knife.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. Pillowcase Dream Journal - Step 2
    Step 2

    Round the fore edge corners of each page. This will help keep the pages from snagging on the fabric cover.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. Pillowcase Dream Journal - Step 3
    Step 3

    Align the pages and clip them with
    a bulldog clip along the fore edge. Place a small scrap of paper between the clip and the pages to prevent the clip from damag- ing the pages.

  • Step 4

    Lay the book block flat on a piece of waxed paper. Slide the spine of the book just off of the edge of your work surface. Brush on a thin layer of glue along the spine. Let the glue dry completely.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. Pillowcase Dream Journal - Step 5
    Step 5

    Cut a piece of scrap paper to the
    inside page size to serve as a hole punch template. Mark a line 1?2" from the spine edge. Mark two holes along this line, evenly distributed between the top and bottom edges of the page.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. Pillowcase Dream Journal - Step 6
    Step 6

    Use the template to punch holes
    through the pages at the spine. Use an awl if you plan to bind the cover with thin thread or a hole punch if you plan to use ribbon.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. Pillowcase Dream Journal - Step 7
    Step 7

    Cut the fabric pieces to size.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. Pillowcase Dream Journal - Step 8
    Step 8

    Lay the trim fabric right side down
    onto your ironing board. Fold each of the long edges 1?2" to the wrong side and press it with a hot iron.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. Pillowcase Dream Journal - Step 9
    Step 9

    Fold the trim fabric in half lengthwise, right side out, and press it with a hot iron.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. Pillowcase Dream Journal - Step 10
    Step 10

    Lay the pillowcase fabric flat onto
    your work surface. Sandwich one long edge within the folded trim fabric, overlapping 1?2". Pin it in place.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. Pillowcase Dream Journal - Step 11
    Step 11

    Using a sewing machine, top stitch along the pinned edge, 1?8" in from the folded edge of the trim. Remove the pins as you sew.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. Pillowcase Dream Journal - Step 12
    Step 12

    Fold the pillowcase in half, wrong side facing out. Pin along the two unfinished edges. Using a sewing machine, stitch 1?4" in along the pinned edges, removing the pins as you sew. Zigzag stitch along the raw edges to prevent fraying.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. Pillowcase Dream Journal - Step 13
    Step 13

    Turn the pillowcase right side out and press it with a hot iron.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. Pillowcase Dream Journal - Step 14
    Step 14

    With the sewn edges at the bottom
    and left side, slide the inside pages into the cover. Line the spine of the pages up against the seam, centered from top to bottom. Clip along the spine with a bulldog clip. If using thread that can penetrate fabric with a needle, skip to step 19.

  • Step 15

    If using a ribbon or thicker thread that cannot go through fabric with just a needle, use a pencil to mark two holes in the fabric cover. Align the marks with the holes of the inside pages.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. Pillowcase Dream Journal - Step 16
    Step 16

    Remove the clip and pages and lay
    the pillowcase flat on a cutting mat. Punch holes at the marks with a very sharp hole punch or snip a tiny hole with scissors.

  • Step 17

    Place a piece of waxed paper inside
    of the pillowcase. To prevent fraying, use a cotton swab to apply a tiny bit of glue to all four holes (two in the front of the cover and two in the back of the cover). Let dry completely. Remove waxed paper.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. Pillowcase Dream Journal - Step 18
    Step 18

    Slide the pages back into the pillowcase and clip. Place a small scrap of paper between the clip and the pillowcase to prevent the clip from damaging the pillowcase.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. Pillowcase Dream Journal - Step 19
    Step 19

    Stitch the spine using Yamato binding. If you cannot see the binding holes from the outside, you may need to poke for the holes until the end of your needle finds them. To stitch the spine with ribbon, wrap a tiny piece of paper around the end to assist it through the holes.

  • How to decorate an altered journal. Pillowcase Dream Journal - Step 20
    Step 20

    Open the front cover by scrunching the pil- lowcase back toward the spine.

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