Sunday, January 16, 2011

How to Slipcover a Notebook

I can remember covering my text books in grade school with brown paper to protect them from wear. 
Throughout the years, my Mom and I would come up with more creative solutions like wallpaper and thick wrapping paper. 
It definitely added a bit of style to otherwise drab book covers:).

I still like to cover books, and here is a fun way to spice up a typical school notebook.

I love having something a little out of the ordinary and this simple fabric cover is a great beginner project.
This tutorial is laden with pictures, but the project should only take about 30-40 minutes.

Here is what you will need:

a composition book or other notebook
{I prefer a stiff cardboard cover}

about 1/2 yard of fabric {you won't use it all}

about 1 yard of coordinating ribbon

1/2 yard of lace or trim that is about 2 inches wide
 {mine is off of an old sheet}

needle and thread

hot glue gun

First, cut the fabric you are using at least 1/2 inch wider than your book {as in above picture}.

Now, for the length, you will need to open up your book and overlap the fabric to the inside the picture below. 
Make sure that the fabric is overlapping 1/2 inch longer than the inside cover.   

See how I am leaving a little room to hem?
You will want to measure and cut accordingly on the back cover.

Next, hem each side.

Using your book as a template, fold long edges down so that they are exactly the width of the notebook.

Press them with an iron.
You will use this as your guide when sewing.

Now, we will attach the ribbon and pencil holder.
Fold the fabric to the inside cover...about where you would want it when finished.

Close the cover and place the ribbon about half way down.
You are going to use it as a tie, so make sure that at least 1/3 of the ribbon is left as a tail to the right of your book.
 I hope this picture gives enough detail.

 Pin the ribbon in place.
Next, sew a spot for your pen or pencil that is exactly 3/4 of an inch wide.
I used blue thread so you could see what it should look like:).
My "pocket" is about 1 inch from the left side of the notebook.

I will show you how to make the little flower at the end:).

Find the center of your fabric and mark it with a pin at top and bottom.

With right sides together, fold sides to the center...leaving about 1/4 inch gap in the center.
Pin, and sew together.
 Use your pressed fold marks as your guide of where to hem.

It should look similar to this photo after you have finished sewing. 
Turn inside out, making sure corners are at a neat angle.
Press with your iron.

Here is the slightly tricky part...inserting your notebook.
Fold your cover in half, so that there are two pocket openings showing.

Close your notebook covers together just like this...

Now, just slip the front and back covers into their slots.

And close your book.
I like this style because it has a really tight fit.

Tie your ribbon around and cut to fit.
Leaving a little more room is better than not having enough.

On to the little lace flower!

Before starting, make sure you have your needle and thread ready.

Take one end of your lace and pinch together a couple of folds, like this: 

It should kind of resemble this on the opposite side.

Hold the back side by pinching fabric together and holding it in place.
I call this the "stem."

Keep slightly folding and pinching fabric together, as you work in a circular motion. 
Around and around until you come to the end of the lace.
There is no right or wrong way to do each flower will look unique!
Just play with it until you have the look you want.
Here is how mine came together...

Your "stem" will get thicker and thicker.

Tuck the end of the lace underneath and fold into the "stem."
Next, while holding the base or stem, run your needle and thread through the center a few times. 
Take the excess thread and circle around the stem.
Tie off in a knot.

The underside doesn't have to be pretty or perfect.
 No one will ever see it!

Hot glue your finished product on your notebook.

This project makes a wonderful gift and is so very simple to make.



I am sharing HERE.


Jess said...

Thanks for this Tutorial. I have been wanting to do this very thing.

Anonymous said...

Cute! I love the holder for the pencil...that's a nice addition!

Allie said...

It looks great! I love the fabric you chose, too. Nice tutorial!

CW said...

Love the fabric! Remember the fabric we exchanged? I want to show you next time we are together what I did with it.

Peggy said...

Oh my goodness! That is so cute. I realy like the fabric and the flower is to die for! I would love to cary that! Thanks for sharing

Shannon said...

I am new to your blog and wish we were talking over a cup of tea, too!

I love this idea - the journaling (always a challenge for me) and making it pretty.

I look forward to reading more!

KimMalk said...

It's so pretty. I really like the details of the ribbon and your pretty eyelet rose.

Unknown said...

Another simple & sweet project. These would be so great for shower favors & gifts. Featuring both of your projects tonight! Thanks for sharing with air your Laundry Friday!

Teresa aka Tess said...

I love this little tutorial. You did a great job showing us how to do it. I would leave off the flower as it would be hard to write on the left page whennit is open,. I love the pencil holder idea. Great job! Pretty color you chose too.

Unknown said...

That's so cute! I've covered notebooks for work with fabric before, but using the ribbon for a pencil holder is terrific!!

LyndieC said...

I love this! I am so going to cover the plain black notebook I use as an assignment book for our homeschool.

Anonymous said...

this is too cute... I'm going to use this idea for my wedding guest book...

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