Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Covered Notebook

YAY! School’s about to be back in! Well, maybe for parents, but you can help get your kids excited about the impending homework with snazzy covered notebooks.

Supplies you will need:

Composition book or notebook

Patterned fabric

Solid fabric that coordinates with patterned fabric


Sewing machine

Measuring tape

Erasable fabric marker



1. From cover to cover around the binding or spiral of notebook. Then add 1/2”for seam allowance. (Mine measured 15 3/4”)


2. Top to bottom. Then add 1/2” for seam allowance. (Mine Measured 10 1/4”)

3. Inside the cover as deep as you want your pocket inside. Then add 1/2” for seam allowance. (I made a fairly deep pocket so my total was 7 1/2”) Tip, the deeper you make your pocket, the more you have to contort the book to put the cover on.


Cut one piece of patterned fabric that measures your cover to cover measurement by your top to bottom measurement. (Mine was 15 3/4” x 10 1/4”)

Cut two pieces of patterned fabric that measures your top to bottom measurement by your inside cover measurement. (Mine was 10 1/4”x 7 1/2”)

Cut one piece of coordinating fabric 5” by your cover to cover measurement. (Mine was 5”x 15 3/4”)


Fold 1/4” on one of the long sides of your inside pieces and press.

Fold 1” on both long sides of the coordinating fabric and press.

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Stitch down your folds on the inside pieces and coordinating piece.

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Pin the coordinating piece right side up to your cover piece right side up. Using an erasable fabric marker mark a line down the center of your coordinating piece.


Stitch down your line.


With right sides together, pin your inside pieces to your cover piece making sure to include your coordinating fabric on the edges.


Make 1/4” cuts to your cover piece between the inside pieces.


Flip the cover over and pin the snips down.


Sew the cover piece to the inside pieces with a 1/4” seam. Then sew the snips down as well. Trim the corners. Here is what it should look like when you are finished sewing.


Turn your cover right side out and press. Then, slide the covers of your book into the pockets.


Slip a pen into your fabric strip on the front and you are ready to take notes!

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23 sweet sentiments:


I will be making one of these soon! Perfect gift for a teen!
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miss corner cape

looks great. this would be good for covering hard back books too. i remember i could never figure out how to do it with the paper bag, lol.

Untypically Jia

This is so creative! I love the fact that the pen can just go right along with it. What a cute gift idea too! For all occasions! And cheap journals!

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Erin Wallace

This turned out so pretty! Really like your blog.

Following you from Friday Follows - hope to see you at Dropped Stitches.

xo Erin


So cute!! I just bought some compositon notebooks on clearance. Perfect timing!! Love this and your blog. Following back from Friendly Friday!!

Design it Chic

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Very unique! Love it!

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The Answer Is Chocolate

Great job! I'm a new follower from NFF. Stop by for a visit when you get a chance.


my oldest made something like this in Sunday school! new follower, come visit when you can

Lizzie Ann

How awesome! I'll have to make something like that this weekend.

Following from New Friend Fridays! Cute blog! I hope you follow back and enter my giveaway!


Very cute notebook.

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Well done!

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Amy Walker

SOOO pretty. I love these kinds of projects! Following from FF. You can find some crafty stuff on my blog too!
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Hungry For Living

I am a new follower from New Friend Fridays's! I love your site! Hope you come visit soon!
Cute idea!

Living on Love and Cents

Hello! Cute blog! I am a new follower from the Trendy Treehouse hop. I look forward to reading more of your blog. I hope you will stop y and follow me too! Check out all the giveaways and great deals! Have a great weekend! Heather

Larri @ Seams Inspired

Fabulous's a keeper :o) Found you at New Friend Friday. Thanks for sharing. Happy Sewing! :o)

Ma What's 4 dinner

Oh I love it. Great idea and it'd make a great gift too! I'm your newest follower in the house from NFF! Hope you'll come over and stay a little while at our place!

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Alex aka Ma, What's for Dinner


I love it!!! Great craft date idea!
Have a great weekend.
I've been blog hopping this morning
Nice to meet you, I'm your newest follower


The perfect tween/teen gift! Thanks for sharing at It's Party Time Thursday@PonyTails&FishScales!


Cute idea I will use that for my college notebooks and to do list books. I found you site on Friendly Fridays. I added you to my google friends I hope you follow back here is the link to my blog.

Charla @ Healthy Home Blog

Cute and clever notebook!
Glad you stopped by Friendly Friday! :)


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