Here is a quick step by step tutorial for a easy notebook cover. These are just very basic instructions and can be tweaked to meet your needs and desires. I must apologize in advance, I am a visual learner and am not very detailed in my instructions. If you have any questions I am happy to answer and explain more as best I can. That being said, this is very easy and I don’t think it can be messed up too bad😉
*You will need:
two fat quarters of fabric or less depending on how big your notebook is, a piece of batting and basic sewing knowledge.
Start with a notebook of your choice, I used a simple white Moleskin about 4×6 inches. Place about an inch of extra fabric going around and fold fabric over to line up. Use a ruler to cut fabric (for best results remove book before you cut😉).
For the inside left pocket:
Take two cuts of fabric, wrong sides facing and double fold the top of the back edge over the front fabric then fold the side edge as shown. Clip in place.
Next up, fold in half and finger press so you can see where the center of your book is. Layer batting, then your inside fabric and pockets, placing them where you want them to go. Pin a piece of ribbon in half just off of the center so when you sew the center seam it will catch and you will have a loop for your pen to go in. Last place your outside fabric on top facing in. Pin or clip around so it’s ready to sew. Using a 1/4 seam allowance stitch around leaving an opening to turn right side out.
I like to use a knitting needle to get my corners nice. Before stitching closed, I added snaps to the inside so they wouldn’t show on the front. (Other options would be a cute botton with elastic loop or ribbon for tying closed. Both of those options would need to be added and sewn in the steps before this one.) The snap on the right is attached inside the pocket and the one on the left is attached on the inside by the batting.
Using your center fold line as a guide stitch the center, backstitching at both ends and making sure to catch the edges of your ribbon pen holder.
Now that the inside is all done you can have fun filling it up with things you will use or make it a cute gift for someone else. I’m thinking that pocket would make a good gift card holder too😉 My original idea with this was for a grocery list and coupon holder but the options are endless depending on your needs.
And one last little touch of sweetness on the back.
I hope you have fun making your own!