Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Tuesday Tutorial: Woven Paper Journal Cover

Hello, June! :) Yay for longer daylight and warmer (ok, hotter, here in NC) temperatures :)

So when you were a kid, did you ever make those woven paper mats where you sewed two together with newspaper in between and then it was a nice little mat so you could sit on the floor? I think I made one at summer camp once :) That memory was the inspiration for this project -- I made a journal cover out of woven paper several months ago for some dear friends, and decided to make another one as a tutorial :)

This project is great for using up scraps of paper that are long, but too skinny to really do anything with. I had some larger sheets of scraps and decided to cut those down into strips for the project. It's a little tricky, and a little time-intense, but the result is worth it :)

I made my journal cover 5"x7", so all measurements are for making that size. You could make one larger or smaller. I've made one as large as 8"x8", but I'm sure you could easily make a 12"x12" :)

- 1 piece of chipboard - 5"x7"
- Ruler, rotary cutter and cutting mat (or you can handcut your paper strips with scissors
- Adhesive- I suggest rolling permanent adhesive or double sided tape
- Assortment of paper scraps (I used leftover scrapbooking paper, magazine pages, leftover vintage papers such as dictionary and cookbook pages, music sheets, graph paper)

I started out with 5"x7" sheets and cut them down in 1/2" increments.

For a 5"x7" cover, you will need about 10 -- 7"x½" paper strips,

and you will need about 14 -- 5"x½" strips. Feel free to use all different papers for each strip depending on what scraps you have- you would have 24 different papers in your journal cover! :)

I had a bunch of strips after I cut the sheets down, enough to make more than one journal cover.
Next, put a strip of adhesive along the top of the 5" side of the chipboard (see arrows).
Now here's the tricky part (the pictures will probably explain best :)). Picture 1: Take a 7" strip and press the 1/2" side firmly along the top, so that it is flush with the top and left side - we'll call this the 7" edge strip. Then, put a dab of adhesive at the top of the 1/2" section of the paper you just adhered. Take a 5" strip, and put it on that dab of adhesive so that it is flush in the corner. Picture 2: Put a dab of adhesive at the top on the strip you just adhered. Now, take another 7" strip and adhere it to the dab so that it is flush at the top and next to the other 7" strip. Pictures 3 & 4: Keep repeating this process until you come to the end. Each strip will start out either over or under the 5" strip - over, under, over, under, etc. It is important that the strips are butted up next to eachother as tightly as possible without overlapping. To keep the 5" strip from sticking to the adhesive while I was weaving, I used a pen to keep it in the air (brilliant, I know :)).
Next, put adhesive on the chipboard as the picture below shows- this strip will start out underneath the 7" edge strip. Attach the edge of the 5" strip and begin weaving. At the end, put a dab of adhesive to the strip to secure it in place.
Continue this process, the next strip will start out on top of the 7" edge strip (so put a dab of adhesive on the 7" edge strip and adhere the 5" strip and start weaving). The strip after that will start out under the 7" edge strip, and so on.
Keep weaving.
Keep weaving until you come to the end. At the end, I gently held all the edges up and put another strip of adhesive along the bottom of the 5" side of the chipboard.
Next, weave in your last piece and then touch up around the edges with dabs of adhesive to secure all edges. I then trimmed off access on the edges to make them all flush.
Close-up of the woven paper.
I used mine as an art journal cover, so punched two holes and put the binder rings through.
The woven paper journal I made several months ago :)


  1. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [01 Jun 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  2. love this project !! thanks for the tutorial, i will use it !

  3. Great tutorial. And what a fabulous finished product!

  4. I'm loving this! I will definitely give it a try =)

  5. This is so neat- I really like all the different papers and how you used old magazines!

  6. this looks absolutely beautiful! amazing! i love it :)

  7. LOVE this! What a great tute- tfs! =)

  8. I love to work with old paper/magazines. This also a beautifull idea!!
    greetings Petra
    (blog:noflik nifelje)

  9. I am a new follower from Holland this things are very good! See you

  10. Well, I don't know if my comment is posted.. so to be sure; like your things so much. I am a new follower from Holland

  11. Loving your craft tutorials! Just subbed to your blog.

    I'm thinking of adding a layer of Mod Podge to this woven paper. LOVE it!

  12. Really wonderful! Thanks for the inspiration, I want to try this for sure :-)
    Hugs Ing

  13. Love this! This would work as a super cute way to display photos in book form.

  14. I think this is really neat and would love to make this sometime. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Super Fantastic .. wondering if it can be used as a Bkgrd for ATC Cards as well? Course strips would be smaller I gotta try it.... Thx for sharing and I shall return...