Are you after a quick way to sew a fabric cover for a notebook, or even a book? Then read on! I’m quite addicted to sewing these, if I had my way I’d cover every book on our bookshelf! It’s also nice to be able to have a customised notebook!
You can adapt this tutorial for any sized notebook, or book. It won’t work so well on spiral bound books, so stick to those with smooth spines. The sky’s the limit for ‘prettying’ them up too – you could applique, embroider etc. I’ve used some busy patterned fabric for these so I’ve kept them plain.
You will need:
Fabric: The amount depends on the size of your notebook. Decor weight is perfect, but if you’d like to use quilting weight cotton, just add a layer of medium weight iron-on interfacing
Notebook: I’ve used 3 different types here – a journal, an exercise book and a hard cover composition book
Sewing Supplies: Sewing machine, Scissors, Measuring Tape, Rotary Cutter & Mat (optional), Overlocker/Serger (optional)
Using a measuring tape, measure around closed notebook – front and back cover
The composition book shown here was 15 inches (I measure in inches because I cut my fabric using a rotary cutter on a mat which is in inches!)
Measure the inside cover stopping just short of the spine as shown in the photo, and multiply by 2 for inside front and back cover
My inside measurement was 7 inches. Multiply by 2 = 14 inches
Add inside measurement to your cover measurement, and this is the length of your fabric (29 inches)
For the width of your fabric – measure the height of your notebook and add an extra 2 inches to both sides = 4 inches total. (My measurement was 9 3/4 inches for the notebook + 4 inches extra = 13 3/4 inches)
Cut fabric using your measurements!
Sew a narrow single fold hem on each short end of your fabric. You can overlock/serge the raw seam first, if you like but it’s optional
Fold fabric right sides together matching seams. Place a pin in each corner. Using a round object, trace a small curve on each corner. Cut
Place fabric right side up and fold around notebook, making sure it’s centered both ways. Place pins as shown in the photo just to the side of the notebook. You’ll want this seam snug, but not too tight so allow a few millimeters of wriggle room
Opening one cover at a time, add more pins on the inside as shown. Remove notebook carefully, and then draw a line connecting the pins
Sew along this line – back-stitching at the fold of the fabric, and also at the seam edge
Trim threads, and turn inside out. Use a pointy object to push corners out neatly. Press if needed (I hadn’t yet, in this photo!)
Insert notebook! It can be a little tricky, you may have to fold the notebook back on itself and insert both covers at the same time
Enjoy your new cute notebook/s! They are re-usable, if you have the same notebook. If you make these as a gift, I think it would be nice to include refills.