Tuesday, October 5, 2010

diy fabric notebook/ book cover

  • 1 Composition Notebook
  • 1 linen dish towel (these were often used decoratively, so can be found in un-used condition)
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Pins
 Step 1: Wrap your dish towel around your notebook. Find the best position for the design, deciding which side will be the front.
Step 2: Pin around the notebook, leaving 1" from the edge of the book on 3 sides. Keep tight to the spine.
Step 3: Trim excess fabric. You will be left with a rectangle of fabric which is sandwiched over your book.
 Step 4: Fold and pin the excess 1" of fabric. Double check by laying your book on top to make sure it is the same size as the cover. Press seams.
                                        Step 5: Sew edges with a simple straight stitch along all 4 sides.

Step 6: Now it's time to make pockets to hold your cover on the notebook. Use the remaining fabric from your towel. Position pocket so the original finished edge of the towel faces inward (will not be sewn).

Step 7: Face good sides of fabric together (topside of pocket against top side of notebook cover). Pin and stitch 3 sides to your cover, leaving the 4th already finished side open.
 Step 8: Turn pockets right side out, using a pointed tool like a knitting needle or dull scissor point to poke out the corners. Insert notebooks covers into pockets.
An voila! a cute reusable cover. You can make a smaller version to cover any book with your favorite pattern to add a little pizazz on your shelves!
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