July 23, 2012
Hello fellow seamsters!
This week we’re making a super easy, versatile fabric notebook. These guys can be made with scraps and customized in so many ways! Make them as party favors for your next soiree or as a travel log on your next trip.
I used 2 fat quarters, heavy weight interfacing, 12 sheets of computer paper and a bit of elastic. You can make yours bigger, you can applique on the front or you could put more paper in it, the possibilities are endless!!!
1. Cut your face fabric, lining fabric and interfacing to the desired size of your notebook. Don’t forget about seam allowances. I cut my pieces 10″x13″. That makes them a full 1″ larger on all sides than a standard 8×11 sheet of paper. When you use a 1/2″ seam allowance, that leaves a 1/2″ overhang around the paper.
2. Fuse the interfacing to the lining fabric
3. If you want to do any applique or extra decoration, do that now.
1. Right sides of the fabric together, sew around the edges of your exterior and lining fabric, leaving a 3″ opening in the seam so you can flip it right side out.
2. Flip your piece right side out, press it.
3. Sew up the 3″ opening by hand.
4. Topstitch your cover, I did two rows, but you can do what ever kind of topstitching you want.
5. Now for the paper sewing! My sewing machine easily sewed through three sheets and a cover at a time. Remember for every three sheets, you’re getting six pages in your notebook. Mark the center of your cover. Fold your paper in half to crease it and sew it onto the center of your notebook.
6. Repeat this process several times until you have your desired amount of pages. I did three sets of three pages giving me an 18 page notebook.
7. I added elastic to hold my book shut, but once again, its up to you! Maybe you’d prefer ribbon!
8. That its it, go do some drawing!