Homemade Christmas idea #3
A fabric covered journal or sketchbook would make a fabulous Christmas gift. Simply buy a blank journal or book ( I found some at Borders). Cut fabric a bit wider than the book on each side and fold it over the book front and back. Pin along edges. Then sew with a basting stitch. Test fit it on the book. If the fit works, reinforce the edges with a normal stitch. You can then embellish the front of the book with a hand-embroidered monogram. You can also make a cover for a three-ring binder and use it as a scrapbook, or recipe file.