Make Fabric Book covers December 1, 2020 21:00

Here’s a fool proof way to make a lovely fabric cover for any size notebook, diary or journal.

You can cover any size book by making your own sewing pattern and following these instructions, let me show you how.

DIY Fabric book cover

Kit list – you will need:

  • Notebook/diary (Case bound recommended)
  • Fabric 1 (main cover)
  • Fabric 2 (liner)
  • Fabric 3 (Cover pockets)
  • (Optional) wadding/interface layer
  • (Optional) 30cm Skinny ribbon for page marker)
  • A3 paper or 2 x A4 / cello tape / pencil / ruler 30cm+
  • Sewing machine / thread / scissors / pins

Ready? Let's go!

1. SEWING PATTERN

Trace around the open book, add extra to the width and height of your book (for exact measurements see this project in my PATTERN SHOP.

Freckles and Co Fabric notebook cover sewing tutorial

2. CUT FABRICS

Using your new pattern template 3-4 pieces:
1 x main outer cover
1 x lining
1 optional wadding layer

2 pockets (cut one main piece in half vertically to make 2 pockets).

Freckles and Co Fabric notebook cover sewing tutorial

(NOTE: If you wish to embellish your book cover do this now!) Consider adding an applique motif using my Applique templates and some BONDAWEB

Applique lettering template

3. POCKETS

Make 2 pocket pieces by cutting 1 main cover pattern in half (as mentioned above) then fold each lengthways to make 2 pockets.

This is how the book stays in the cover and the pockets look great in a contrasting fabric.

Freckles and Co Fabric notebook cover sewing tutorial

4. LAYER

Layer your fabrics in this order: 1. Padding? 2. Outer cover FACE UP 3. Pockets either side (Iron pockets in half wrong sides together) 4. Lining layer on top FACE DOWN.

Freckles and Co Fabric notebook cover sewing tutorial

(NOTE: If you wish to insert a page marker add a ribbon between main and lining fabric at center top seam now with main length of ribbon hidden inside the layers)

5. SEW

Join all layers together sewing the outer edge. Leave a 5cm gap (2.5″) in the bottom edge.

Freckles and Co Fabric notebook cover sewing tutorial

6. TRIM

Trim seam allowance all the way around to remove bulk inside the cover when you turn it through.

Freckles and Co Fabric notebook cover sewing tutorial

7. CORNERS

Clip corners to remove bulk when turning your book cover through. Be careful not to weaken your corner by cutting too close to the stitches.

Freckles and Co Fabric notebook cover sewing tutorial

8. TURN THROUGH

Turn your cover the right way out by pulling it all through the gap left in the bottom edge. Don’t panic if your pockets are facing the wrong way, at this point your book cover is reversible.

Freckles and Co Fabric notebook cover sewing tutorial

9. TOP STITCH

Test your book cover to see if it fits? If your book cover has wriggle room then top stitch all the way around the cover 0.2cm seam allowance which will tighten the cover up and close the gap.

Freckles and Co Fabric notebook cover sewing tutorial

If the cover is tight then just hand stitch the gap closed neatly without a topstitch.

This will also result in a reversible book cover… ooooh!

10. FINISH

Inset your book into its new cover and do a happy dance! Now decide whether it is too cute to give away, keep it and make another 10 for gifts.

Freckles and Co Fabric notebook cover sewing tutorial

I have my Christmas organiser covered in a festive fun fabric which really helps me get into the Christmas spirit each year!

Christmas notebook cover

For a printable version of these instructions head to my PATTERN SHOP

Now go forth and sew!

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