Although I do appreciate them and their black and white marble existence, I do not think they fit my sense of style and individuality. I remember coloring in the little white bits but once that is done what's next? Recently, I was in need of a sewing journal. Internet research led me to a few tutorials for composition book covers that looked great but didn't fit my needs perfectly so I made a few changes that made sense for me.
You to can enjoy these simple notebooks in a new and different way! Just think all the scrap fabric used to make covers for different people and events: school, sewing journal, journals, bridal planner, travel journal,bridal shower, vacation activity book, and countless others since you can use it for anything you need.
It is simple enough, lots of rectangles, and sewing straight lines. I have a sewing class that tackled this project and all of them did very well, it'll be a great accomplishment carrying around your new sewing journal to write down all your awesome projects or seeing your kids doodle pictures or stories in theirs.
Step 1: Materials
cotton fabric by the yard in color coordinating prints or solids
(I found fat quarters on sale and used those, they came in a covenant bundle and the 18"x22" pieces were plenty large)
by the yard
3/8 yard main fabric (cover)
3/8 yard lining
1/4 yard sleeves and pockets
3/8 yard light weight fusible interfacing
decorative elastic or fold over elastic) that matches your color scheme
cutting tool/ scissors(I have a fabric strip rotary cutter)
composition book ($1@the dollar store)
****If you have scraps you spend nothing on the fabric if on sale you can sometimes get all you need for less than $10 cheap easy and looks great****
patches,buttons, rhinestones to decorate with
Step 2: Cut Your Fabric :-)
3 pieces @ 16 1/2" x 10 3/4" :
1 of main cover fabric
1 of your lining
1 of fusible interfacing
2 pieces of 8" x 10 3/4" of the sleeve fabric
6"x10 3/4" of the long pocket
(this pocket was for receipts for all my sewing projects and orders)
8"x4" for the two short pockets in the front
***optional*** page marker***
two strips @ 1" x 24+"
this is highly customizable if you want a different pocket just cut it, hem it, and follow the directions for the final assembly to make it all come together.
Step 3: Hem Your Edges
Go to your iron and carefully turn the edges under 1/4 inch, then turn under again making sure your raw edge is snug in the crease this will give your book cover a finished look and make it durable.
You will do this to both sleeves, the long pocket, and your two smaller pockets as shown in the pictures.
You will hem:
one side (10 3/4) of each of the sleeves
one side(10 3/4) of the long pocket
the top edge of each of the small pockets
top stitch a 1/4 all of these ironed edges
Step 4: Interfacing
Step 5: Front Pockets
Now, pin the lower pocket in place. Iron the sides turning under once 1/4 and again turning them to wrap around the sleeve's hemmed edge. Pin. Now just sew 1/4 seem down the outer edge to attach pockets to sleeve.
Step 6: ***Optional Page Marker***
Press flat, use a zig zag to close the ends and trim excess fabric OR knot it a few inches up thread a bead on and tie a knot to secure. Put this to the side.
Step 7: Assembly
Take your elastic and measure around a pen it's not much, put in place and leave extra hanging out the sides... then pin it with the loop facing into the middle at 6" up and the opposite at 5 1/2" ish the two should line up (see the picture, these act as a lock to keep your book closed when a pen is threaded through both loops.)
If your elastic is more narrow or bigger you will need to change this, just close the sides check your placement.
NOW place your cover fabric WRONG SIDE UP (you should see your interfacing) onto your layers making a sandwich and pin all around.
Step 8: Sewing the First Round
Set up at your machine and sew 3/8 seem all around, leaving the marked section open.
TRIM !! Your edges!!! I use pinking shears to even all the layers and take care of random threads. CUT your corners so they look pretty when you turn this inside out.
Step 9: Inside Out
Once your project is right side out, press with your iron pinning the open section so that the edges are turned under to match the rest of your project.
Step 10: Sew the Second Round
Step 11: COVER!!!!
Step 12: Decorations
Have fun be creative and add whatever you need to make this work for you. Happy sewing!!