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Cover those ugly notebooks
I loved this idea. and did a few for my kids, school notebooks.

you don't have to use fusible webbing, you can sew each square like a quilt, just remember to iron the seams so it lays flat.

You don;t even have to do a patch work, use one fabric.
Add a pocket or a pencil holder to the side/bind.

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  • How to make a fabric book cover. Fabric Notebook Cover - Step 1
    Step 1

    Fuse iron-on adhesive to 11×27″ fabric.

    Cut iron-on adhesive to cover 11×27″ fabric. Several pieces might be needed to cover the entire area. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse. After fabric cools, peel off paper backing.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Fabric Notebook Cover - Step 2
    Step 2

    Make patchwork cover fabric.

    Arrange squares with wrong side to fusible webbing on top of cover fabric. Fuse a few squares at a time, being careful not to get glue on your iron.

    Trim off excess and continue filling in until the entire piece of fabric is covered. Trim off all excess fabric around the outside and iron final piece one more time, making sure edges are adequately fused. From here on out, this will be referred to as your “cover fabric”

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Fabric Notebook Cover - Step 3
    Step 3

    Sew decorative stitches over the “seams”

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Fabric Notebook Cover - Step 4
    Step 4

    Sew ”seemingly useless but pretty border” straightstitch on top and bottom of cover fabric

    Center the notebook on the cover fabric. Measure the top and bottom until even.

    Add 1/4 of an inch to this number. In my case, the top and bottom measurements were 1/2 inch. Adding a 1/4 inch brings it to 3/4 inch. This is how far in you will sew your border straight stich.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Fabric Notebook Cover - Step 5
    Step 5

    Sew a line 3/4 inch (or your own calculated measurement) in across the top and bottom of the cover.

    The reason for this line of stitching will become apparent in step 13.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Fabric Notebook Cover - Step 6
    Step 6

    Sew under sides of cover.

    Iron a 1/2-inch crease into both short sides of fabric.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Fabric Notebook Cover - Step 7
    Step 7

    Secure the raw edge under with a straight stich 1/4 inch in from the edge.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Fabric Notebook Cover - Step 8
    Step 8

    Prepare side flaps

    Center the notebook on the RIGHT side of the cover. Fold in flaps and measure both sides until they are even. In my case, this measurement is 5 1/2 inches. Pin the flap at the top and bottom and slide out the notebook.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Fabric Notebook Cover - Step 9
    Step 9

    Sew down the side flaps.

    Determine the top and bottom seam for the side flaps. Lay the notebook back on the cover. Measure the top and bottom, moving the notebook until it is centered and both measurements are the same. Note this measurement and SUBTRACT 1/8 of an inch. This is your seam allowance for sewing down the flaps.

    My measurement was 1/2 inch. Minus 1/8 and I have 3/8. Sew the flaps down with appropriate seam allowance, back stitching where the flap ends near the center.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Fabric Notebook Cover - Step 10
    Step 10

    Clip corners and turn cover right-side out.

  • Step 11

    Test fit the cover.

    Gently ease your notebook into the sleeves, expecting to utilize some notebook contortionist. Remove the notebook. If it’s too tight of a squeeze, then I’m afraid there might be some seam ripping in your future.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Fabric Notebook Cover - Step 12
    Step 12

    Press and sew in raw edges on top and bottom.

    Iron crisp edges and folds into the cover. Iron raw edges on top and bottom down and pin.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Fabric Notebook Cover - Step 13
    Step 13

    With raw side DOWN, sew at least 3 inches of raw edge down, lining up stitches on your previously “seemingly useless but pretty” border line of straight stiches.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Fabric Notebook Cover - Step 14
    Step 14

    Refit the Notebook in the cover and your finished!

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candyummy
candyummy · Yogyakarta City, Special Region of Yogyakarta, ID · 2 projects
cute!!! Happy
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joss w.
joss w.
aww this is so pretty! thank you for sharing! Happy
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DreamsInBloom
DreamsInBloom · Cedar City, Utah, US · 21 projects
I am soo in love with this. Thank you for this tutorial!
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Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1399 projects
Great how-to, thanks for sharing.
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iWunder01
iWunder01 · 6 projects
What a great idea. I use these books a lot at work!!
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Lilim
Lilim · 17 projects
I love the quilted book cover T__T I wish I was back in school so I have a reason to have sexy book covers hehe
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