If I had all the time in the world I’d make every gift I give. One Christmas an old friend of mine decided to make all her gifts. It took her months, but she managed it – working full time too and juggling a frenzied social life. There’s no excuse on my part…
This A5 journal or notebook cover is a quick make. If you’re out of fabric then take your scissors to your
husband’s retro cotton top old summer dress. Upcycle, that’s it. I’ve mentioned this in a post before, but old pillowcases (even old cushion covers) are perfect for those small sewing projects.
Here’s what you need:
Fabric 10cm x 50cm
Fabric 18cm x 50cm
Fusible interfacing 26cm x 50cm
Fabric lining (I used calico) 26cm x 50cm
50cm ribbon (to decorate the front)
Buttons (to decorate the front)
Embroidery thread (to stitch the side folds)
Hardback A5 notebook
Fabric (or craft) glue
Step one: Decide what ribbon and buttons you want on the front of the cover. Pin and stitch the ribbon across the centre of the smaller piece of fabric. Pin the two fabric lengths together along the longest sides (right sides facing) and stitch. Press the seams open and flat.
Step two: Iron on the fusible interfacing and then pin and stitch the lining fabric. Make sure the right side of the lining fabric faces the right side of the outer fabric. Stitch all around apart from a 4cm opening, from which you will pull the fabric the right way out. Before pulling the right way out, clip the corners.
Step three: Once pulled the right way out, stitch the opening and iron the fabric. Place the A5 notebook on the fabric and measure up the side flaps so each flap is equal length. Pin in place and then, using the embroidery, hand stitch – back stitch – the flaps/folds in place. The front and back notebook cover should easily slip into each fold.
Step four: Glue the buttons in place on the ribbon strip across the front cover.
Tip: personalise the cover by embroidering a name or brief inspirational quote on the front cover or inside fold. Do this before stitching the fusible interfacing and lining.
PS: Kids love making this too!