Can you believe its already August and some kids are already back in school?!?! This time of year always seems to creep up and suprise me out of nowhere! While I don’t have kids of my own, I do love all the deals on the school supplies! I love to stock up on pens, paper, and notebooks! But of course once I’ve got them, I can’t leave well enough alone! I’ve got to put my personal flare on it, like this DIY notebook cover!
No boring composition note books around here!! I’ve recovered mine, and the best part? This DIY notebook cover is reusable! Yup!! When this particular notebook is full of thoughts and random scribbles, I can slide this notebook cover off and slip it right onto a new notebook!
Want to make an awesome DIY notebook cover for yourself? Here’s what you need…
Regular size composition notebook
1/2 yard of your chosen fabric
scrap piece of coordinating fabric at least 4 inches square
4 inch square piece of heat’n’bond fabric adhesive
1/2 yard batting or felt
Start by cutting a 28 by 12 inch rectangle piece out of the fabric and the batting. Iron them flat.
Layer the fabric on top of the batting. On the back side of the batting, draw a line 1/2 from both ends with the fabric marker. Fold both the batting and the fabric to that line to create a straight 1/4 inch fold. Iron flat, pin in place and sew down.
I wanted to personalize my notebook cover, so I decided to add my first initial! To do this you’ll need that scrap of coordinating fabric, some sort of stencil to trace and the heat’n’bond.
Apply your heat’n’bond to the back side of your coordinating fabric. Using the fabric marker, trace your letter onto the right side of the fabric. Cut out and set aside. To find the right spot on the front of your notebook cover, place your cover fabric side down, then grab the composition notebook and place it on top of the batting. Fold the ends of the cover in and then carefully close the notebook, temporarily covering the book. Decide where you want the letter to go and pin in place.
Remove the note book. Following the directions for your heat’n’bond, apply the letter to your note book cover. Zig Zag stitch in place. **Tip: Go slowly around the corners, it helps keep the stitching even!
Once you’ve applied you initial, Fold your cover in half and mark the center with a straight pin. Now lay the cover on a flat surface, fabric side down. Open your notebook and lay it on top, centering the spine to the straight pin.
Fold the end of the cover in and snug it up against the edge of the notebook. Pin in place. Repeat on the other side.
While the notebook is still in there, use your fabric marker to trace its outline. On the batting only.
Carefully slip the note book out. Add a few more straight pins to secure.
Using the traced line as a guide, sew just to the outside. This leaves enough room for the seam. Reinforce the “pocket” ends where the folded edge is.
Trim away the access fabric, leaving a 1/4 seam.
Zig Zag stitch all the way along the seams from one end to the other. (Shown above) This secures the center fabric and batting in place and adds a little more stability and durability to the notebook cover.
Turn right side out.
Carefully slip over your notebook.
You’ve completed your DIY note book cover!! OH and you can use the flaps that cover the cardboard of the note book as pockets too!
If you use this tutorial to make your own DIY Notebook Cover, I’d love to see it! Leave a comment below with a link! 🙂