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Sew a cover for your sketchbook with pockets for all of your pens, pencils & tools.
I learned how-to sew a super simple notebook cover at Hillarys Crafternoon and was inspired to adapt the idea to make a cover for my sketchbook with pockets to hold my pen, pencils and ruler.

It's perfect for when I decided at the last minute I want to sketch when heading out as I can just grab my sketchbook and have everything with me.

Posted by Cat Morley from London, United Kingdom • Published See Cat Morley's 1119 projects »
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  • How to make a fabric book cover. Sketchbook Pencil Case - Step 1
    Step 1

    Cut a piece of fabric that's twice the length of your notebook and 2 inches wider at the top and bottom.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Sketchbook Pencil Case - Step 2
    Step 2

    If you're planning to carry your sketchbook around in your bag, you can coat the fabric with a sheet of sticky back plastic before you start to keep it protected.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Sketchbook Pencil Case - Step 3
    Step 3

    Place your sketchbook in the middle of your fabric, with the wrong side facing up, and fold the bottom edge up by half an inch.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Sketchbook Pencil Case - Step 4
    Step 4

    Score along the bottom with your scissors and then fold up by another half inch.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Sketchbook Pencil Case - Step 5
    Step 5

    Repeat the same at the top of your fabric.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Sketchbook Pencil Case - Step 6
    Step 6

    Pin in place.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Sketchbook Pencil Case - Step 7
    Step 7

    Sew along the bottom and top edge.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Sketchbook Pencil Case - Step 8
    Step 8

    Place your sketchbook back in the middle of your cover.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Sketchbook Pencil Case - Step 9
    Step 9

    Fold the fabric inwards over the left hand page so that it meets the middle of your sketchbook.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Sketchbook Pencil Case - Step 10
    Step 10

    Pick a button you'd like for your cover and cut a short length of elastic.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Sketchbook Pencil Case - Step 11
    Step 11

    Fold the fabric over the right hand page of your sketchbook and then fold an inch underneath to create a flap.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Sketchbook Pencil Case - Step 12
    Step 12

    Stitch the button to the front of your cover and the elastic underneath the flap.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Sketchbook Pencil Case - Step 13
    Step 13

    Fold the flap over and pin in place at the top and bottom for the moment.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Sketchbook Pencil Case - Step 14
    Step 14

    Cut a rectangle of fabric to the same width as one page of your sketchbook, and 3/4 of the height with an extra inch around all of the sides.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Sketchbook Pencil Case - Step 15
    Step 15

    Repeat the same process from earlier of folding each edge in by half an inch, scoring, folding in by another half inch and then stitching.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Sketchbook Pencil Case - Step 16
    Step 16

    Place this new fabric square at the bottom on the left hand fold of your cover.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Sketchbook Pencil Case - Step 17
    Step 17

    Sew along the left hand side of your cover.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Sketchbook Pencil Case - Step 18
    Step 18

    Place your pens & pencils under the rectangle of fabric and fold the fabric to fit, pinning each pen in place.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Sketchbook Pencil Case - Step 19
    Step 19

    Sew along these lines. I decided to leave a large pocket unstitched to hold my ruler and scissors but you can design your pouch anyway you like.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Sketchbook Pencil Case - Step 20
    Step 20

    Place your sketchbook inside the cover and check it fits nicely.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Sketchbook Pencil Case - Step 21
    Step 21

    Sew along the top & bottom edges of the cover.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Sketchbook Pencil Case - Step 22
    Step 22

    Stretch the elastic over the button to open and close your book.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Sketchbook Pencil Case - Step 23
    Step 23

    Fill with pencils, pens and tools.

  • How to make a fabric book cover. Sketchbook Pencil Case - Step 24
    Step 24

    Happy sketching in your new sketchbook!

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Steph.
Steph. · Reading, England, GB · 212 projects
Such a clever idea! And great choice of button Happy xx
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