DIY Tutorial: Cross Stitch Notebook Cover

Can you guess who are these cute characters? Yes, it’s Judy and Nick from Zootopia! Who doesn’t love to have these lovely characters on their notebook right? That’s why I’m going to show you how to pimp up your regular cover notebook with cross stitch of Judy and Nick.

My Zootopia mini Notes

Before we start you have to prepare your notebook. Any notebook with plain cover should work but if you have more time to make it, here I show you how I made mine.

Okay now that you have the notebook, here are the rest of the tools and materials:

  • Notebook
  • Embroidery Floss
  • Needle
  • Masking Tape or Post It
  • Squared Paper (for alternative, watch video)
  • Thumbtack (or you can use the Needle)
  • Craft Foam
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
Tools and materials

First, you have to draw the pattern onto your squared paper. You can buy a squared paper notebook or millimeter block almost everywhere, but if you can’t find it, you can just draw it yourself manually or using software on your computer. Of course to save some time, you can also just print the template I made here.

Draw your design first on squared paper

To draw the pattern, you need to find an image for reference and to make it easier to draw, I break the image into few basic shapes and start to complete it by drawing the detail after then you start pixelize the image if that make sense haha (sorry I can’t really find the right word to explain this). Watch my Star Wars Sticker video here to see how I done it steps by step or read these two blogs that I find really helpful – Jamie’s Blog & Ajisai Press’ Blog.

And again, to save some time just download the template I made here.

Once you have the pattern, open the cover and lay it flat above the craft foam. Adjust the pattern position on the cover and secure it with some masking tape. Since I ran out of masking tape I used post it. With a needle or a thumbtack, slowly punch holes along the pattern.

Place your design on the cover

Okay, now your pattern is all transfered into holes on the notebook cover, start threading your needle. Poke the needle from the back of the cover, and bring it back across another hole, making a diagonal line. Now bring it back to the front and make another diagonal line in the opposite way so that your stitch form a cross or an ‘X’. Repeat this step so the whole pattern filled with X’s or cross stitch.

Start cross stitching and use your design as a guide

If you’re finished or ran out of thread, bring the needle to the back, slip it under random stitches, make a loop and tie a knot. Don’t worry if you make the back side a little bit messy because you won’t see it.

And there you have it, a cute Zootopia notebook! You can also use this technique to make any design that you like. I hope you find this tutorial helpful, if you like it, don’t forget to share this to your friends, leave a comment below if you have a question or request what should I make for the next tutorial and more importantly subscribe to my channel to keep updated! See you next attempt, bye!

DIY Tutorial: Deadpool Booksleeve

I was really excited for the premiere of Deadpool movie last week. To be honest, I didn’t care that much about Deadpool till the first teaser of the movie. I’m impressed by how cool the costume is and that’s why I’m going to show you how to make Deadpool book sleeve.


Okay, without further ado here’s the list of tools and materials you’ll need for this project:

  • Red Vinyl or any fabric of your choice (at least 4 times wider than your book cover)
  • Black Vinyl or any fabric of your choice (at least 15x15cm)
  • White scrap fabric
  • Red and Black threads
  • Needle
  • Ruler
  • Paper Clip Binder
  • Cutter
  • Pencil or Chalk
  • Scissors
  • Ruber Cement
  • Sewing Machine (optional)

First thing first is to measure the width and height of your notebook. Add about 1 or 2 centimeters on the height. Take the measurement for the mask template. I made my template on my computer by looking at images as a reference. Go ahead if you want to make one yourself, but if you want to use mine, you can download it here. Note that the template and this tutorial are only for personal use and not to be sold in any manners.

Make pattern on a plain paper and then cut it so you can trace onto a fabric later on.
Make pattern on a plain paper and then cut it so you can trace onto a fabric later on.

After you done making pattern trace it onto the fabric of your choice. I know that the real costume using spandex as the main material, but I want to make my book cover to be waterproof and easier to clean so I choose vinyl for both eye and the red/suit part. I got this vinyl from a local fabric store, but if it’s hard for you to find, you can always find it online.

Here are some diagrams for you to follow when tracing the pattern. Feel free to adjust the size of the pattern to fit your book.

Use this guide as you tracing the pattern.
Use this guide as you tracing the pattern.

Once you’ve done tracing, cut the pattern along the tracing mark using cutter or scissor, I recommend using rotary cutter if you got one. After the patterns are cut, draw a line 1 cm from the edge on the wrong side, this line will act as a guide when you sew and glue it later on. Do it to the entire pattern.

Now, trace and cut the black vinyl for the eye part. I use x-acto knife or art knife to make the eye hole. Then cut a scrap of a thick white fabric for the eye. Glue it together using rubber cement. Just spread the rubber cement thinly and evenly on both surface (the white fabric and the black vinyl), wait a few seconds till the glue is almost dry, and then press it together firmly.

Glue te black vinyl and white fabric together using rubber cement.
Glue te black vinyl and white fabric together using rubber cement.

While waiting the eye part to dry, assemble the red part according to the number. Sew all pieces from the wrong side by following the guide line that you made earlier. Before we start sewing, I’m going to talk a little bit about sewing in general.

Hand Sewing

Of course you can always finish this project machine free. You only have to learn one technique of stitching and that is backstitch. Backstitch is pretty strong and looks the closest to machine sewing. It’s also pretty easy to do.

How to backstitch
How to backstitch.

First, thread your needle and knot the end of the thread. Poke the needle up through the back or wrong side of the fabric. Take a small stitch to the left or right side of where the thread poking out. When the needle goes back through the wrong side, bring it up again through the fabric one stitch away (about 0.5 cm) from the last stitch. You will then push the needle again trough the fabric right on the end (the hole) of the first stitch and repeat the step as you go. You might find this pretty confusing. Just take a look at the video, it’ll help.

Sewing Machine

To be honest, this is my first full project using sewing machine so before I start, I took a practice on a scrap fabric and googled some sewing tutorial. The thing that you need to pay attention is to know how your machine works.

Walking Presser Foot.
Walking Presser Foot.

Some of sewing machines work differently especially on different fabric, for example I use a bigger needle and a special presser foot (walking presser foot) to sew vinyl, your machine might require different tool, so I recommend you to learn how your machine works first. Okay, now you’re ready to sew!

Just remember, the key to get a nice and neat stitches is to do it slowly (unless you’re a professional sewer then you do it your way hehe). After you done sewing the red parts, you will then fold and glue the excess fabric using rubber cement. Next, you also want to glue the eye to the red part using rubber cement as well.

Take your time, and sew it slowly to get a neat stitches.
Take your time, and sew it slowly to get a neat stitches.

It almost done, now all you have to do is fold 1 cm edges from the wrong side by following the guideline. Once the edges are folded, take 10 cm from both right and left side of the fabric and fold inside. Secure the fold using binder clips and sew about 0.5 cm from the edges and you’re done!

Fold and sew the flaps to make pocket.
Fold and sew the flaps to make pocket.

Even though the result isn’t as neat as I expected, but I like how it turned out. Okay that’s it for Today’s Attempt I hope you find this tutorial helpful and if you like, don’t forget to share this tutorial, check out my video, and subscribe so that you’ll be updated for my upcoming tutorials! Bye~

DIY Tutorial: Gravity Falls Journal

Finally, after months of brainstorming, my very first episode of Today’s Attempt is here!

In this episode, I’m going to show you how to turn your plain text block into a Gravity Falls’ Journal. So, without further ado, here are the tools and materials you will need:

– Text Block or Notebook with soft cover (Notebook polos berjilid tipis)
– 2 mm Craft Board (Karton Dupleks 2 mm)
– Gold Cardstock (Karton Emas)
– Red Covering Paper (Kertas Merah untuk Sampul)
– Pencil (Pensil)
– Ruler (Penggaris)
– Brush (Kuas)
– Cutter (Pisau Pemotong)
– PVA Glue (Lem Putih)
– Empty Pen/Ballpoint (Pulpen Kosong)
– Bone Folder
– Permanent Marker (Spidol Permanen)
– Masking Tape (Selotip Kertas)

First of all, you will need a Text Block in order to make this journal. I learned how to make text block by watching my favorite DIY guru; Sea Lemon DIY. Head to her video here if you want to learn how to make the same exact text block I used in this project. If you don’t have time to make the text block by yourself, you can always use a plain notebook you already have. Just make sure that your notebook has perfect bind.

Perfect bound book that you can use as a text block substitute.

Measure your text block or notebook, cut two pieces of craft board for the cover and another one piece for the spine. Don’t forget to add about 1 cm on the height of cover.

Measure the text block's dimension and and cut the craft boards.
Measure the text block’s dimension and and cut the craft boards.

Prepare your covering paper, I choose red covering paper which usually called by “Linen Import” if you try to find it in Indonesia (The name of this paper may vary depending where you live). You can use any kind of paper as a substitute if you can’t find anything like I use. Make sure that the paper isn’t too thick so it’ll be easy for you to handle.

Glue the craft board pieces onto the covering paper, take your time and be very careful so you won’t get any wrinkles or air bubbles under the covering paper. Use a bone folder to smooth out the surface after you glue it, if you don’t have bone folder use something flat like ruler or ice cream stick. Then, trim and glue the edges as well.

Carefully glue down the craft boards.
Carefully glue down the craft boards.

Once you have your craft board covered, you’ll need to make the gold corner book covers from a gold cardstock. Well, maybe it’s hard for you to find gold cardstock and also it can be a little bit pricey, so for alternative, you can use any gold paper that easy for you to find, and if it’s too thin you can glue it down onto another cardstock.

I made a template for those corner book covers and the hand part on my computer. You can design the template by yourself manually or if you want to use my template, you can download it here. Take note that this template is for your personal use only and not to be sold or distributed in any manner.

After you have 8 pieces of corner book covers and one gold hand for the cover, glue it down onto the cover. Something that I forgot to say in the video is that you can fix any white crack that might show up in the gold cardstock by coloring it with gold marker.

Now, it’s time to glue the text block to the cover. Lastly, write down the journal’s number onto the gold hand on the cover.

Write down the number with permanent marker
Write down the number with permanent marker.

And that’s it! Now you have your very own Gravity Falls Journal that you can use as whatever you want, I hope you like it and find this tutorial helpful! Don’t forget to check out my video for a better step by step instruction, also subscribe to my channel! Bye!