If you managed to read right through to the end of yesterday’s post about the magic of To Do Lists, first of all : congratulations, I hope you’re still alive ;-) Secondly, you will have read my promise to show you how to cover a book in fabric. I was going to do this DIY with glue, but then when I woke up this morning I felt like sewing – so the project became “How to make a fabric notebook cover” instead – but the outcome is the same so I guess I wasn’t lying (reference to the book I’m reading at the moment : The time of my life, C. Ahern – recommended !).
I will still do a post on how to cover a notebook with fabric and glue, but for now I think sewing a book cover is a much cuter idea ! It’s so much more “handmade” and the idea of spending a little extra time on making a cover for the book I carry in my handbag all day everyday seems to make sense. I’m really pleased with the quirky result and so this will now be my first notebook of 2013 ! Its pages won’t last long enough to see the year through – this type of journal only lasts a couple of months with me – but it will definitely look cute next to this other one when it joins it in my old collection.
Here goes the tutorial !
To make a DIY fabric notebook cover, YOU WILL NEED :
- A notebook / journal / diary of the size of your choice
- A pretty cut of cotton or linen
- Matching thread and a needle
- A ruler or tape measure
- A pair of scissors
- An iron if you would like to iron down the edges before sewing (optional but recommended for a more professional result)
For those of you who have no idea what “blanket stitch” is – DON’T PANIC ! It’s just as easy as a normal stitch – check out the below diagram showing you how. This stitch gets its name from the fact it is often used to reinforce the edge of materials like blankets !
So who’s going to give it a go ? Who’s waiting for the “glue” version ?!