Free PDF notebook cover pattern + sewing tutorial

Hi sewing friends, do you ever look for an easy and fun project to sew beyond making your own clothes? I certainly do !!! I like to expand my crafty skills and knowledge whenever possible. Lately it is by making my own PDF patterns, so it is no surprise that I am bringing to you my newest design!

Since beginning of this year I keep a sewing diary, where I write all my sewing makes so I have a quick reference in case I am unsure about something or I just want to see what I made so far. Using this journal everyday I started to notice some wear and tear on its outside cover and decided that I need to protect it somehow. This gave me an idea to design and try fun and colorful casing….and why not include some pockets….they are great not only on clothes! The pattern size is drafted so it loosely fits A5 notebook, but you can always scale it up or down if you need a different size.

     To complete this project you will need:

  • Notebook cover PDF pattern
  • 100 / 55 cm fabric of your choice
  • zipper – 23 cm
  • bias binding – 100 cm
  • fusible interfacing (optional)

Sewing tutorial

Cut out all the pattern pieces from your fabric, you can be creative here and use different fabric for outside panel or make your pockets in different colors…the choice is yours! I used the same fabric for all pieces except for one front notebook cover piece, because it is an internal/ lining panel, so it is the least visible.

Depending on the fabric of your choice and/or desired stability of the finished cover you may want to interface all or some of the pattern pieces. I recommend fusing at least both sleeves and 1 x front piece.

 

First, bind the top edges of short and tall pocket pieces, next place the short pocket on top of the tall pocket and stitch two straight lines as indicated on the pattern for a pen slots.

Place zip tabs at each end with right side facing the zipper and stitch it together.

Flip zip tabs and top stitch it in place. Trim the tabs to the width of the zipper.

Place the zipper at the straight edge of zip pocket (A) right sides together and sew it along the length about 4 mm away from zipper teeth. You may need to open and close the zipper as you sew to ensure a straight line. Flip the zipper and top stitch close to the stitch line. Repeat the same process for zip pocket (B).

Take the zipper pocket and place it on top of the sleeve piece with wrong sides together. repeat for the other side. Take tall-short pockets and place it on top of the sleeve with wrong sides together. Sew around the four edges within 1 cm seam allowance to hold it together.

 

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Using bias binding finish off the straight edges on both sleeve pieces.

Take one of the front cover pieces ( internal/ lining piece) and place both sleeve pockets on top ( right sides facing upward for all pattern pieces). Sew around the edges to hold it together within 1 cm seam allowance.

Next, with right sides together place the remaining front notebook cover piece and sew it together  with 1cm seam allowance leaving about 10 cm opening.

Finally, turn the notebook cover inside out and hand stitch to close the opening.

Final step. Enjoy your new notebook cover!

I hope this little project brings you joy and remember you can always customize it if you want. I plan to omit sewing pockets and make simple cover for my cooking book and scaling it down for my passport. There are so many other ways you can use this pattern….let me know what you think and if you ever made or are planning to make a similar project.

See you next time,

Monika xxx

Free PDF belt bag pattern + sewing tutorial

Hi sewing friends! The pattern drafting journey in my life continues and I would like to share with you my newest free PDF pattern!!! This time I had created little belt bag that can be worn on your hip by inserting your own belt into the bag loop. It is big enough to hold a phone and a small wallet and includes a magnetic closure!

I made this sample in a faux leather fabric that was soft and slightly stretchy, but you can use any fabric you want as long as it is medium weight or has some stability. This is super fun project, that would be great for anyone who is new to bag making and would like to slowly dip their toes without  being overwhelmed.

 

Supplies needed to make this bag include:

main fabric

lining fabric

interfacing (optional)

magnetic snap x1

Belt Bag pattern PDF

 

Sewing tutorial

 

First step is to cut out all pattern pieces:

  • Belt bag front x 1 main fabric, lining and interfacing (optional)
  • Belt bag back x 1 main fabric, lining and interfacing (optional)
  • Belt bag flap x2 main fabric, interfacing (optional)
  • loop x2
  • 1″ square of felt (or similar) x2

TIP: if you are using faux leather, vinyl or leather fabric do not use pins, but trace the pattern onto the fabric before cutting.

Transfer all marking including darts and magnetic closure placement.

(Optional) Interface your main and/or lining fabric. TIP: cut out all darts from interfacing before attaching, to reduce bulk. I decided to interface front and back main and lining pieces  as well as one flap piece. I used lighter weight interfacing on main fabric and medium weight fusible interfacing on lining fabric and flap.

Attaching magnetic snap ( include: female & male snap plus 2 x washers)to front and a flap pieces.

Using washer mark both slits lines on the wrong side of front bag piece (main fabric) and felt square.

 

Cut the slits on both front and square.

Take female snap piece and insert it from the right side of the fabric into cut slits through both main fabric and felt square. The felt is used here to stabilize and reinforce the magnetic closure from ripping the main fabric during use.

Place washer on top, bend prongs outward and trim the felt around.

Follow the same steps to insert male snap to the interfaced flap piece.

 

Sew darts on both main and lining fabric.

With right sides together sew flap pieces around the curve using 1 cm seam allowance. Trim the seam in half, turn the flap inside out and press the seam (if you can).

Top-stitch the flap 7mm from the edge.

With right sides together sew one longer edge of loop and open the seam. Fold both shorter ends 1cm and top-stitch in place 7mm from the edge. Fold it in half and baste stitch the raw edge within 1 cm of seam allowance.

With right sides together place front and back bag pieces and sew it around the curve using 1 cm seam allowance. Repeat for lining pieces.

Turn the main fabric inside out and press the seam.

Next take loop piece and place it on the right side of belt bag back and baste it within 1 cm of seam allowance.

Take bag flap and with magnetic snap facing upwards place it on top of bag loop. Stitch in place withing 1 cm of seam allowance.

Insert main bag into a lining bag so the right sides are together. Sew around the bag opening leaving a 5-7 cm hole to allow for bag to be turned over.

Turn the bag through the hole and close the opening with a slip stitch. Give your new bag a press ( if needed) and enjoy it!!!

This is it. You can make this little belt bag in a matter of few hours! Explore the options of choosing different fabrics and colors and let me know what you think.

Monika xxx