DIY: Customize A Journal

Time for making your gifts this year is getting down to the wire, but don’t be disappointed if you find that you are out of time.

Try adding a pinch of handmade love to a store bought item, such as a journal.

Customizing a journal takes less than 30 minutes and can even help clear out your scrap fabric drawer.


  • Needle and thread
  • Scrap fabric (2 contrasting pieces)
  • Pencil
  • Glue (fabric glue or E6000)

On one piece of scrap fabric, write in pencil, a word or phrase that inspires or has meaning to the recipient. Use a needle and thread to embroider over the writing. Cut a piece of contrasting fabric and glue both the embroidered piece and contrasting piece onto the journal.

This is one unique option to incorporate a little bit of handmade into your store bought gifts.