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

Forbidden fruit pot holders- sewing tutorial

In the previous post I showed you how to draft a pattern for this deliciously looking pot holders. Now it is a time to grab a tea or coffee and make one or two! Let’s dive in!

Sewing tutorial

Cut out all your pattern pieces as mentioned in the latest post.

Take heat resistant fabric and sandwich it between the main body pieces. Quilt it all over in desired lines or you can follow mine design. I took one piece of main body and using straight lines attached it to the heat resistant fabric following with sewing the other main piece to the other side quilting in straight lines that goes from side to side.

My pot holders are very colourful, so I picked the darkest color to be the base in case it gets dirty. Whenever you work with some kind of heat resistant material you need to remember that the shiny side of the fabric is the one that blocks the heat from getting in contact with your body, so make sure to always place facing away from your skin.

Once the main body is quilted you can take all four pocket pieces (mine are in two different colors) and using a basting stitch sew it around the edges within your seam allowance. If you need to stabilize it more do not be afraid to use some interfacing.

Using bias binding finish only the straight edge.

To make it easier do it in two steps, first unfold the tape and place it on top of the pocket stitching along the crease line. Next fold it over the to the other side ensuring the first stitch line is covered and top-stitch in place.

Place both pockets on top of the main body piece and hold it in place using pins. Sew around the edge with a long basting stitch.

Assembly your tab and leaf pieces next.

For my leaf I placed the leaf pattern pieces wrong sides together and using zig zag stitch sewn it together .

For the tab I folded it in half with right sides together, stitched it and using a safety pin turned the fabric inside out.

Place one end of a tab between pockets and baste it in place. Next following the same steps use bias binding to finish around the border.

For a clean finish start sewing the bias tape by folding about 1 cm inside and stitch around the first crease line finishing on top of the first fold.

Turn the bias tape over to the back and tuck the other end of a tab underneath. Pin or hand baste to stop it from shifting and sew it with straight stitch in a ditch.

Pin one leaf in a preferred position and either stitch it on top of the zig zag or hand sew it to the main body.

Tadaaahhh, you are done with your make! Are we making a pie next???

~do you prefer to use oven gloves or pot holders while cookig/baking?~

Monika xxx