I have a major, major thing for notebooks. My husband knows that if he needs a quick and easy gift for me any notebook will do. And I will be thrilled. In fact I would WAY rather get that than jewelry or flowers. Now, throw a little fabric into the mix and you’ve got to know I will be loving it. So, how about a notebook cover tutorial? It’s quick, it’s easy and it’s fun!
This is the first project for the Learn to Sew Series for Kids & Teens that starts today (and will be on the blog for the long haul), so jump right into the series!
Notebook Cover Tutorial:
Notebook or journal (I used a composition notebook)
About 1/2 yard of fabric (you’ll use less though)
Embellishments (optional). I used a coordinating fabric and Heat ‘n’ Bond. You could also use ribbon, fabric flowers, etc.
Cutting Your Fabric:
This is probably the hardest part of this whole project. It’s a little tricky to figure out how big to cut your fabric. (At least it was for me-but I’ll give you the info so maybe it will be easier for you.)
Measure your notebook. Cut your fabric that it is 2 1/2-3″ bigger than the vertical measurement of your notebook and about 1/2 to 1 inch bigger than the measurement from the front cover to the back. Make sure to measure all the way from the edge of the front cover, around the spine and to the back cover.
To help you out, let me tell you that for a composition notebook your fabric should be 13″ by 15.5.”
Then cut 2 pieces that will be for the inside flaps. They need to be the same height as your other piece (so in my case 13″) and then, depending on the size of your notebook, make them several inches wide-basically however far into the inner cover you want them to go. You can see mine here. Those are about 4 1/2 inches finished but allow for about 1 inch to hem the edge, so I cut them 5 1/2 inches wide.
Take your big piece of fabric and hem the top and the bottom. To do this fold the fabric over about 1/2 inch so that wrong sides are touching. Iron it in place:
Then fold it over again about 1/2 inch and press in place again. Do this for the both the top and the bottom of your large piece:
Sew a straight line along both of those hems.
Now take your two side pieces and do the same with the tops and bottoms of them, making sure that you make them the exact same height as your first piece.
Then hem one edge of each. Make sure that you hem the left side of one and the right side of the other.
Lay them on your large piece on each end so that right sides are together and the side hems are towards the middle:
Sew a straight line down the raw edge of both sides (that’s the edge that you see at the bottom of this picture). Iron that seam nice and flat and then fold it inward so that wrong sides are together (this is creating the flaps) and sew from the first arrow to the second at both the top and the bottom of each flap.
And that’s it!
Now, I wanted to add a little personalization to mine so I cut out a letter A for Amber and added some Heat ‘n’ Bond to the back and then ironed it on.
You could also add ribbon, fabric flowers, little beads, anything you want! I’d recommend using fabric mod podge to attach things or hot glue or Heat ‘n’ Bond.