This simple step by step tutorial will show you how to make a notebook cover, using whatever fabric you like.

For my planner this year, I decided to make a nice fabric cover to go around the outside and make it look a bit more interesting. This design is SUPER simple and took me about 45 minutes to make. You could probably do it even quicker if you wanted to.

The fabric I have used is left over from napkins that I made from my wedding. I love the bright and colourful design and I can be sure that no-one else has the same planner!

 

STEP 1:

Place the notebook open on the wrong side of the fabric.

Trace around the edges of the book with a grey-lead pencil.
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STEP 2: 

Add 2cm around the top and bottom edges and about 10cm to the sides.

(I only added 1cm to the top and bottom edges because I like the look of  the over-locked edge).

Then, cut the fabric around your lines. Make a small nick at the corners of the book on the top and bottom edges, where you have added the extra 10cm, so your known where the fold line will be.

 

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STEP 3:

Use your machine to over-lock all of the edges. If you don’t have an over-locker, simply leave enough fabric so you can turn the edge over twice and straight stitch it.

 

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STEP 4:

Fold the sides at the nicks and pin on the sewing line.

Use the straight sewer to join the seams.

 

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STEP 5:

Measure from top to bottom on each side and mark the centre point, about 2cm in from the edge.

Take some ribbon and hand sew a piece onto each end of the cover, on the right side of the fabric. You will only need a few stitches to secure it.

 

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And there you have it! Easy as, right?

 

Let me know how you went with the project!

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Project: How to make a notebook cover

  • January 13, 2017 at 4:04 pm
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    Awesome tutorial. The finished result looks pretty cool 🙂

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    • January 14, 2017 at 5:15 pm
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      Thanks Jessi, I think the fabric is really awesome 🙂

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