Fabric Covered Notebooks
This is a great way to spruce up, personalise or create a gift for someone
We’ve all seen those smart, covered notebooks in the shops – beautifully dressed in designer fabric but with a price tag to match! The good news is that these lovely fabric-covered notebooks are really easy to make yourself, and you can have exactly the fabric you want.
Time to Make : Around One Hour
Suitable for : Beginners
(book sizes vary so follow the instructions below to work out how much fabric you need)
Length : four times the width of the cover plus the spine, add 1cm seam allowance each side.
Width : the height of the book, plus 2 cm seam allowance each side
- Iron your fabric and lay it on a table, wrong side up. Use a ruler and soft pencil to draw out the shape. Mark where the spine is, the width of the cover fold, and the 2cm double seam allowance along the top and bottom – draw out a 1 cm and 2 cm line for this.
- Cut out your shape. Iron a 1cm seam allowance all the way around and stitch down.
- Fold over the cover width line with fabric facing wrong side out, leaving a gap for the spine measurement. Pin into place. Stitch along the top and bottom, following the second 1 cm seam allowance.
- Turn the fabric the right way around and iron. Slip on the cover by folding back and front together. Finally, personalise with ribbon, buttons and lace.
Hint and Tips!
These books look great monogrammed, either for you or as a gift. ? If you are giving them as a gift, cover a few different sizes of books in the same, or co-ordinating fabric, and then tie them in a stack with a matching ribbon.