Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Color Block Fabric Notebook Cover Tutorial

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Sew a color block cover for your composition notebook with this tutorial
color block fabric covered notebook tutorial
I love sewing notebook covers from fabric. You can customize them to match your style and add to the function by adding a pocket for pens and an elastic to keep the pages closed.  This is not the first notebook cover tutorial I have posted (you can see them HERE and HERE), but I realized that I didn't have one for a composition notebook that added a pen pocket, so I thought I would correct that.

You could make this from two fat quarters, but if you want to have the variety, you will need small pieces of other fabrics as well. I used fabric provided by Riley Blake Designs for participation in the Game Day blog tour.
fusible fleece
You will also need elastic and piping (optional)
Sewing supplies are a given. ;)
You will probably also want a composition notebook 

For the inside of the notebook cover 1- 10 1/2" X 16" piece
For the two flaps to hold the notebook in the cover 2- 5" X 10 1/2" (I cut this from the same fabric I cut the inside piece from)
For the front accent piece (the numbers fabric in this example) 1- 7" X 11" piece
for the front main piece (the orange fabric) 1- 10" X 11" piece
for the pen pocket  2- 3" X 6" 
1- 10" X 15 1/2" piece fusible fleece
cut 1- 11" piece of elastic
optional- cut 1- 11" piece of piping

*all seams use a 1/4" seam allowance
Assembling the front of the color block notebook cover
(from left to right)
  • Attach piping to the main front piece (the 10"X11" piece)
  • Place the front accent piece (7"X11") right side down on the main piece and sew
  • press the accent piece to the side
  • fuse the fleece to the back of the front piece, following manufacturer instructions
  • Trim the front piece to 10 1/2" X 16"
  • Top stitch the front accent piece where the piping is attached
  • Take pocket pieces and place right sides together, sew around all sides, leaving an opening for turning.
  • Clip corners of pocket piece and turn right side out.
  • press and top stitch the top of the pocket
  • position the pocket on the front of the cover- 1" to the right of the piping and 1 1/2" up from the bottom.
  • Stitch around the two sides and bottom of the pocket.
assembling the color block notebook cover
  • place the front cover piece face up on your work surface
  • Position the elastic 2" in from the left side- pin in place (this pic shows it on top of the flap, but that's just so you can see the positioning, it should be UNDER the flap)
  • Press the flap pieces (5" X 10 1/2") in half along the length to create 2- 2 1/2" X 10 1/2" pieces
  • Line the raw edges of the flaps with the two sides of the front cover
  • place the lining of the notebook cover right side DOWN on top of the cover, pin in place
  • sew around all the edges of the cover, leaving an opening in the bottom for turning 
  • clip the corners and turn the cover right side out and press
  • stitch the opening in the bottom closed.

Slide in your composition notebook and enjoy!
These would be great for teacher appreciation or for keeping notes on your projects. I plan on making them for each of my children for our summer activities so they have a place to keep writing over the school break.
As always, if there are any questions, don't hesitate to ask!


Deonn @ Quiltscapes said...

Oh, I love these, Amy! I can see making a bunch of them for gifts. Thanks for the link to your notebook cover too - terrific idea. I think the fabrics are perfect.

Anne said...

Love these!! I've got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for tomorrow that features your tutorial: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/?p=92584 --Anne

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