DIY: Journal Cover Pocket

As promised, I’ve put together a tutorial on adding a pocket to the inside flap of the journal cover just in time for the start of my Journal Cover Sew-Along. Without further ado, here’s how to it’s done.

Step 1:
Substitute one of the 10 3/4″ x 13 1/2″ interior pieces for three 10 3/4″ x 7″ pieces. I’ve chosen to make the pocket a different material than the interior fabric, but that’s up to you.

Step 2:
Fold one of the pieces in half. This will be the pocket. Edge stitch along the fold.

Step 3:
Place one of the 7″ pieces face up on your work surface. Lay the pocket on top of it and line up the lower raw edges.

Step 4:
Place the other 7″ piece face down and line up all raw edges. This will make a “sandwich” with the pocket piece in between.

Step 5:
Sew a 1/4″ seam along the right-hand side of your sandwich.

Step 6:
Open the sandwich and press.

Step 7:
Fold the right-hand piece around to the back and press.

Step 8:
Pin all the edges. Edge-stitch the fold and baste stitch the remaining three sides (the basting will help keep everything in place when you go to put the whole journal together).

Step 9:
Continue following my video tutorial to complete your journal cover. I place this pocket so it’s on the left-hand side of the open journal. You could put pockets on both of your flaps, but just make sure to reverse Step 5 (and steps 7 & 8) and sew a 1/4″ seam along the left-hand side of the sandwich to make a pocketed flap for the right-hand side of the open journal.


  1. Cara says:

    HI Ginny great timing for this sew-along for me. You have inspired me to make a lovely travel journal cover for my trip away tonight. I finished it in a few hours yesterday and have linked back here to your blog. If your interested the link to my post about it is

    • Ginny Ginny says:

      Your travel journal is super cute – what a great idea! Thanks for participating and have a blast in Bali (I’m seriously jealous!)!!!

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