How To Make A Fabric Notebook Cover

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How To Make A Fabric Notebook Cover

  1. 1. How to: <ul><li>make a fabric notebook cover </li></ul><ul><li>kootoyoo…click & stitch </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>This is hardly even a “how to”. It’s just a super simple, super speedy bit of fun. </li></ul><ul><li>You’ll need your notebook, your chosen fabrics, some interfacing, scissors, pinking shears or a pinking blade for your rotary cutter & your sewing machine. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Step 2: <ul><li>There’s no measuring going on with this super quick project…just use your eye. Lay your notebook on your fabric & away you go! </li></ul><ul><li>Rough cut the fabric so that it is double as wide as your open notebook. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Step 3: <ul><li>The fabric I chose was a really well loved & worn table cloth. I’m going to interface to give a bit of strength. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Step 4: <ul><li>If you’re going to interface press your interfacing to the fabric. </li></ul><ul><li>If you’ve got nice sturdy fabric – skip this step. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Step 5: <ul><li>Now it’s time to line. </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare your outer fabric & your lining fabric by placing the wrong sides together – otherwise known as a fabric sandwich. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Step 6: <ul><li>We are cutting both the lining & the outer together. </li></ul><ul><li>I like to have the outer fabric facing me because then I have more control over print placement. </li></ul><ul><li>Cut away excess fabric with your pinking blade so that you have a visual 2/3 of single notebook page extra fabric on either side of the open notebook. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Step 7: <ul><li>Cut the top & bottom of the fabric sandwich. </li></ul><ul><li>Again, just estimate (about 1cm). </li></ul>
  9. 9. Step 8: <ul><li>Now we are going to stitch the fabric sandwich together. </li></ul><ul><li>Just run a line of stitching down the short sides. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Step 9: <ul><li>Fold & press the seam on the shorter sides of your rectangle. </li></ul><ul><li>You want to hide the raw edge here. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Step 10: <ul><li>Lay your open notebook onto the right side of the cover. </li></ul><ul><li>Fold the excess over the cover as pictured. </li></ul><ul><li>You need to close the notebook before you pin into place as the cover needs to be a LOOSE fit. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Step 11: <ul><li>See the excess fabric? </li></ul><ul><li>This allows the notebook to open & close freely. If you make the fit too firm you won’t be able to close your notebook. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Step 12: <ul><li>Mark a little stitching guideline. </li></ul><ul><li>I allow about ½ cm so that the notebook will slide freely into the cover. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Step 13: <ul><li>Stitch all the way along the long edge as marked. </li></ul><ul><li>This is creating the pockets. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Step 14: <ul><li>Trim your corners on the diagonal to remove the bulk. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Step 15: <ul><li>Turn in the right way & test that the notebook fits & opens & closes well. </li></ul><ul><li>If you’ve goofed just get out the quick unpick & have another go. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Step 16: <ul><li>Turn back in the wrong way & trim up your seam allowances. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Step 17: <ul><li>Turn back in the right way. </li></ul><ul><li>Press the seam between the two pockets so that it sits flat. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Step 18: <ul><li>Stitch along the pressed seam. </li></ul><ul><li>Do NOT stitch over the pocket or your notebook won’t fit! </li></ul>
  20. 20. Step 19: <ul><li>Slide the notebook inside the pockets. </li></ul><ul><li>You’re done! </li></ul>©kootoyoo 2009 http://kootoyoo.blogspot.com

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