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How to make your own Personalised Notebook Cover ~ free tutorial on how to make your own notebook cover.

March 15, 2012

I’ve just made this for my mum for Mother’s Day (three days to go! More than time enough to make one of these for your mum ~ or no time limit if you just want to make one for yourself!). It looks really pretty, is cheap to make and is a great gift idea for anyone, young or old!

It was very simple to make, although I’m not sure I’ve explained the steps particularly well – but have, as ever, included step-by-step pictures with notes too, so hopefully you get the idea. Contact me if not and I’ll try and explain it a bit better!

Personalised notebook cover.

How to make your own Notebook Cover

  1. Measure and cut your fabrics to size.
    1. For an A5 notebook, with ¼ inch seam, your outer fabric should be 6.5” x 9.25”
    2. You need two inside covers and each inside cover should be 6.5” x 4”
    3. If you want pockets, these should be the same size as the inside covers (and then folded).
    4. If you want ribbon, you’ll need one at least 18″ long for an A5 notebook
  2. If you are going to be adding pockets, fold these in half, press, and top stitch the hem. Pin them in place over the inside fabric ready for stitching. I stitched the three pocket sides although retrospectively this wasn’t necessary as they will be stitched with the whole cover. You should, however, fold back a seam along the long edge (the one that’s going to be next to the spine of the notebook) and stitch this in place.
  3. If you are going to personalise the cover, go ahead and do this now. I embroidered mama onto the front right hand side of the cover. Make sure this is in the correct position in the next step so that neither your pockets nor your embroidery are upside down when it all comes together! 
  4. Put the inside covers onto the main fabric Right Sides together (so with patterns/pockets touching), and make sure the raw sides of both meet up (with a gap between them for the binding). Pin in place and sew around the outer edges.
  5. Trim the corners and turn. Poke out the corners with your handy chopstick.
  6. Using Heat & Bond or something similar, attach the ribbon across the opened out cover.
  7. When all is dried, slip the notebook into place (easiest way to do this is to fold the notebook’s original covers back and pull the fabric cover into place.
  8. Ta Daaah! You’re done. Made By Yours Truly. Sit back and admire….

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 17, 2012 14:31

    lovely idea

  2. March 17, 2012 14:32

    what a lovely idea

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