Today was a great day to [finally] create a journal cover that I promised my mom.
I started with a Kaffe fat quarter and an appliqued panel that I did in high school. You could put together any patchwork/embroidery/applique that your heart desires. Make sure it's a piece that speaks to your artist's soul.
Use the same or another fabric to cut bias strips.
You could baste the flaps at this point, but I'm impatient. Pin them mostly well. Sew the binding on in the same pass under the presser foot.
Much better. Finger press and finish sewing.
Second last step not pictured - turn binding to front and stitch down. Use a walking foot. See my towel tutorial if you're unsure how to do machine binding.
The last step, of course, is to EXHALE because the book fits and you didn't measure much.