Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Love Week -- Covered Notebooks!

Day Two of a week's worth of Valentine projects...
Welcome, Craftiness is not Optional readers!


Today I want to share how to make these SWEET little covered notebooks. Aren't they perfect for a little Valentine's Day gift for a sister, mom, grandma, or friend? (HA! Maybe I'm the only one who considers Valentine's Day a bit of a "sisters' holiday!")


What you need:
mini composition book (3/$1 at Dollar Tree!)
fabric scraps
velcro (a tiny amount! bonus points if it matches!)
scrap of posterboard to make your pattern


STEP ONE: Create your pattern! Open your notebook flat and trace around the perimeter, as shown.


Mark your pattern as follows:
Measure and mark the center point of each side -- all four!
On side A: 5 1/8" from the edge, center a rectangle that is 1/4" high by 3/8" wide, and cut it out.
On side B: add a mark 1/4" from the top and bottom of your center point.
On the top and bottom: add another mark 1/2" from either side of your center points, then connect the new marks using a straightedge.
Your pattern is ready!


STEP TWO: Cut out your notebook cover pieces.
Cover: Cut two rectangles 3 1/4" wide x 5" tall
Spine: Cut one strip 1 1/2" wide by 5" tall
Pockets (what the cover tucks into): Cut two rectangles 3" wide x 5" tall
Closure: Cut two strips 2 1/2" wide x 1 1/4" tall
Velcro: 1/2" x 5/8"


STEP THREE: Fold one long edge of each of your pocket pieces down 1/4" and press. Sew, using about a 1/8" seam allowance.


STEP FOUR: Lay your closure straps right sides together. Using a pencil, draw a curve at one end, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance. Sew, starting on one of the long edges and using a 1/4" seam allowance. Follow your drawn line, and sew all the way back around along the opposite long edge. Clip off those rounded corners near your stitching line, and turn your closure tab right side out.


STEP FIVE: Sew your three cover pieces together -- with the spine piece in the middle, as shown -- using a 1/4" seam allowance. Press the seams out from the middle. Also press your closure tab.


You will then topstitch around your tab closure and next to your seam lines on your cover.
All your pieces are just about ready!


STEP SIX: Attach the "scratchy " side of your velcro to the end of the tab, as shown, and trim the length of your tab to 1 7/8"


STEP SEVEN: Lay your cover right side up, with the "front" (if your fabric is directional) on the right. Place your pattern on top, lining up your seam lines at the top and bottom with the long lines you drew on your pattern, as shown. Center the pattern vertically. Draw an X -- corner to corner -- in the hole. This marks where to attach the soft side of your velcro.


STEP EIGHT: After attaching the soft side of your velcro, carefully line up your pattern on top of your cover again. This time you will center your tab, velcro side up, between the two marks. Pin. Sew it on with a 1/8" seam allowance to keep it in place.


STEP NINE: Layer your pockets on top of your cover, right sides together, with the hemmed edges toward the middle.


Once again, line up your pattern on top, centering it and using your drawn lines as a guideline. Using a sharp pencil, draw all the way around, directly on your fabric.


STEP TEN: Sew directly on your pencil line all the way around. Don't forget to backstitch! Using pinking shears, trim around the rounded corners. Or, notch with regular scissors. Trim close to the stitching line, but be careful not to snip your stitches.


STEP ELEVEN: Turn your cover right side out and carefully press your seams. At the center points, carefully turn the edges of your cover up just BARELY past your stitches and press.


STEP TWELVE: Gently fold the covers of your notebook back as shown and carefully slide your cover on. You're done!! :o)


Another idea: Make your tab a little bit longer to accommodate a pencil!


These little guys are SO fun and SO inexpensive to make. I've made about 25 (so far!) to give to my sisters, friends, mom, and grandmas!

40 comments:

Eunice said...

so cute! I've just made a fabric covered organiser. We had the same idea : )

Dawn said...

these are adorable! they'd be great as teacher gifts!

Betty Lou said...

Too cute. I keep a small notebook in my purse all the time with very basic yardage requirement of my favorite standby quilts. That way if I see fabric I can't live without, I will know the right amount to buy. It would be nice to pull out a cute covered notebook.

Wendy said...

These are really cute! I wouldn't give family or friends presents for Valentines, it's no big deal in the UK and they would think I'm wierd, but these would be great for stocking fillers at Christmas. thanks for sharing!

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

What a cute idea!

Cole's Corner said...

Those are soooo cute! I love them!

Jess said...

25?! wow you go girl! I need to make a trip to the dollar store apparently!

Katie said...

These are adorable! And--25? Wow. I am totally impressed at 1.) the fact that you have that much Valentine's fabric and 2.) your ability to stay on task with the same project that long. :) Thanks so much for the tutorial!

mckay said...

so cute! I love the last picture with them all arranged in a circle.
Yet another fabulous tutorial, cousin! =0)

Cheri said...

This is darling! How about adding a strip of narrow bias, or better yet elastic, on the inside of the strap to hold that pencil so it doesn't drop when you open it? I'll be making these. Thanks!

DJ Rose said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS. It would be great for Mother's day too.

Jen said...

Super cute! 25? I'm impressed as well with your ability to stick with a project so long!

thegardnerthree said...

These are so super cute! I love them!!!!!

Misty said...

This is definitely going on my 'To Do' list! Thanks for the tutorial!

Janice said...

They are so awesome. I have about 25 people that I need to make one for. Bridal party/helper favors. They will love them.

Tabitha said...

These are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your tutorial. :-)

Mariette said...

I love these! And yes, I too consider Valentines Day a "sisters" holiday...so I am going to make some of these as gifts. They're perfect!

L Johnson said...

Very cute, love all your valentine scraps turned into useful gift idea!

Rhonda said...

What a fantastic project for any time of year! Thanks for sharing...

Anna M. said...

Love it.

Crystal Hendrix said...

Adorable!! If I had the time I would SOO make those for gifts for Valentines this year!

ISA said...

hermoso!...hace rato que quería hacer algo así...lo intente pero no quedo muy bien....gracias por este tutorial.

Sachiko said...

Oh, my gosh, this is such a cute idea!! I LOVE it!

Irēna said...

so lovely!!

Carmiña said...

Hello,
Thanks for share.
Every one would like to have one. So cute!

dorriebelle said...

Made one today, with some remnant 'starfield' fabric and some black scraps from a thrift-store grab-bag - it looks great ! Dollar General carries darn near the same notebooks at the same price, but they have 60 pages instead of 80.

Thanks for the great tutorial ! I added a photo of mine to your Flickr group. Beloved Hubby has already claimed it as his. I'm definitely making more, and soon ! (happy smile)

Susan Lower said...

sew cute! great idea for valentines!

Amanda said...

You were featured today over at Today's Top 20!

Amanda
www.todaystoptwenty.blogspot.com

casserole said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! I'm snowed in today, but something tells me I have a handful of these little notebooks stashed back somewhere. If so, I soooo know what I'm doing today!

I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-itty-bitty-fabric-covered-notebooks/2011/02/09/

--Anne

thepeasanthousewife said...

So stinkin' cute! I wish I had time before Valentines to make these. Maybe for the spring!

Loralynn said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing the tutorial with us!

Margaret @ Konstant Kaos said...

They are so cute! Especially the hello kitty one ..

Rezlana Mushadiq said...

they are absolutely great!!!!!! :)

M and M plus 3 said...

What a clever idea and great tutorial!

Sandra Henderson said...

Happy Easter! I saw this on sunshine yellow's blog! I am going to make these, just as soon as i can get my sewing room settled from the big move. Love your blog!

Jannett said...

These are so cool...thank you for posting this ... ;o)

Christie said...
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Christie said...

Sorry for the delete...I wasn't finished typing! I am planning to make these this weekend for my Brownies using Girl Scout fabric for end of the year gifts. Paired with a Girl Scout pen, I think they will really like them. Thank you for sharing the directions for how to put them together!

Anna Lam said...

So adorable and a very good idea. :D

cittykat555 said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial. I just whipped one up for my daughter and your instructions made it so easy, it couldn't have taken more than a half hour. :)