Reading and writing can be so much more fun when you're using a cute, removable cover. Learn how to make a book cover with fabric, quickly and easily.
Starting this blog has been quite the experience. These last few months I have had fun making new things, eating new foods, and sharing those things with all of you. I have also loved reading other blogs.
Through that, I have met some other great bloggers that I am happy to now call my friends.
At Christmas time, a few of us participated in secret gift exchange. Being in Spain, I wasn't sure that the other girls were going to want to participate with me, but they were quick to accept me anyway.
I ended up choosing Joyce from The Skinny Pear (update: since gone), with the only clue that she liked the color green. I also know she likes baking cookies, because she has recently published a beautiful e-book, “Just Eat the Damn Cookie.” I didn't know what I could send that would be related to them, though, that she wouldn't already have.
I, of course, wanted to make her some gifts that she would be familiar with from my blog, so I sent her a bar of homemade lavender soap and a snowflake gift pouch. I also wanted to include a couple of small homemade gifts that weren't featured on my blog.
Before my son was born, I used to make a lot of stained glass projects. Some of my favorite projects were small ornaments like this Rudolf stained glass ornament. I decided to send her one that I had made.
I like to make silver jewelry, and decided I was going to make her something green. The problem was, I wanted to send her some earrings, but even after looking through her pictures, I wasn't sure that she even had pierced ears. I ended up making a necklace with green Swarovski crystals, and decided I would make matching earrings for her, just in case.
Unfortunately, the trip from Spain to Canada proved to be a long one, and my presents arrived very late! I was happy to hear, though, that once it finally arrived, that she liked it all, and, yes, she does have pierced ears! 🙂
Meanwhile, though, I received my package from Jessica, aka. Scratch Mommy.
Knowing that she has a popular line of natural skin care products, once I saw the package was from her, I assumed it would be filled with a sampler package of lotions and skin care products. I was only partly right, though.
You see, she did send me a small tin with her deodorant. I had been meaning to try to make some myself after seeing her post about it, but I hadn't gotten to it yet. I think I would have been sad if I hadn't at least gotten one thing from her product line. 🙂
The rest of the package was filled with fabric scraps and cards for crafting.
Of course, with the scraps of fabric came the challenge to do something with them!
I began with my favorite piece, a bright, colorful fuchsia furry fabric. The piece wasn't huge, so I had to come up with something relatively small like a small purse or something. Looking at its size some more, though, I realized I had the perfect amount of fabric for something else…
Why I needed a notebook cover
For those who follow me on Facebook, you may have seen that I like to occasionally bring my son to a place that has a play area for kids. While he plays, I write out post ideas by hand. Somehow I think better like that! (Maybe that dates me.)
In any case, I bring small notebooks with me in my purse. They are cheap and ugly because when I buy nice notebooks, I actually feel bad writing in them, especially when I'm going to be writing in the quick, messy way that allows my ideas to flow! The perfect solution, then, is to make a reusable cover for my notebooks.
How to Make a Book Cover
You will need:
- Main fabric slightly larger than the notebook.
- Lining fabric
- Measure your notebook when open.
- Add at least ½ an inch to the dimensions, and cut your main fabric to that size.
- Find a lining fabric that you like, and cut it to the same height as you did for the main fabric.
Your length, though, will be longer!
To calculate the length of the lining, decide how wide you want the pockets for the cover to slide into to be. Multiply the packet length by four, and add that to the length of the main fabric. I wanted my pockets to be around 4 inches, so I added on 16 inches.
- Place right sides of the two fabric pieces together, and sew the side ends together on both sides. You will end up with a long, inside out, tube.
- Position your tube so that your main fabric is centered on top.
- Sew down the top and bottom, but leave a small opening so that you can turn everything right side out again afterwards. (See the opening at the bottom in the picture above.)
- Flip the fabric right side out again, and sew all the way around your rectangle of fabric, folding the edges of your opening under as you sew, so that it is closed up and looks like the rest of the seams. You'll notice that I was using my serger (optional) up until now, and had to use my regular sewing machine for this part. (I forgot to take a picture, but it's pretty self-explanatory).
- Fold the ends over at the place where your two fabrics meet. Hand stitch together the top and bottom seams, forming the pockets.
- Slip your notebook into your newly finished notebook cover!
- You're done!!
You may have noticed my matching furry pen?
When I cut my fabric out, I ended up with a very thin, long piece of scrap fabric. I hate throwing away anything that can be useful, though, so I ended up wrapping it around a pen. You can hot glue the ends down to keep them in place!
Now sew one up, and show me the results, please!!
I'd love to see them!