Friday, September 27, 2013

September Blog Hop Day 3: Britain's Best Notebook Covers

Welcome! It's Day 3 of our September blog hop, and we're thrilled to have Svetlana from s.o.t.a.k handmade here sharing a clever notebook cover design using Greta Lynn's Britain's Best collection from Kanvas. We hope you enjoy Svetlana's tutorial! Keep reading to find out how you can win a fat quarter bundle of these fun prints, and find the links for the hop's other tutorials!

Hello, my name is Svetlana Sotak and I blog over at s.o.t.a.k handmade. I'm so glad to share these notebook covers with you today. 

As soon as I came across  Britain's Best collection, I knew they would be perfect to make these covers.  Fun, aren't they? The print on top is my absolute favorite :)


Here's what you'll need to make your notebook cover (fits the regular 9-3/4" x 7-1/2" composition notebook) :

1/2 yard exterior fabric
1/2 yard lining fabric
medium weight interfacing

Let's start, shall we? Oh, all the seams are 1/4" unless otherwise stated.

Step 1: cutting the fabric and interfacing

main fabric: cut two 11" x 14" rectangles
lining fabric: cut one 1-1/2" x 11" strip for the spine of your notebook cover
                      cut one 11" x 16" rectangle
interfacing: cut one 11" x 28-1/2" rectangle

Step 2: assembling the main/ exterior panel

Arrange the fabric for the exterior of the cover as shown in the picture.  Stitch all three parts together and  press the seams. The panel now measures 11" x 28-1/2".

Step 3: fusing the interfacing

Following the manufacturer's directions, fuse the 11" x 28-1/2" interfacing to the wrong side of the main panel. 

Step 4:  shaping the main panel

Hem both 11" edges of the main panel (fold 1/4" under, then  fold 1/2" under, stitch in place).

Place the main panel right side up. Form the flaps by folding the main fabric over at 5-1/2" mark from the edges of the main panel. Pin, stitch in place using 1/8" seam allowance. 

Your main panel now measures 11" x 16".

Step 6: attaching lining to the main panel

With lining fabric right side up, place the main panel on top of it (right side down), right sides of the lining fabric as well as the main panel are touching.

Pin and stitch all the way around, making sure to leave a 4" opening on the bottom for turning.

Step 7: finishing the cover

Trim the corners, press the seams open, and turn the cover right side out through the opening from the previous step.

Press, pin the opening closed, and stitch all the way around the cover using 1/8" seam allowance.

Give it one more quick press and you're all finished!!! 

Wasn't that easy? Now go ahead and make covers for all your notebooks. 
They make great teacher gifts, too :)

Thanks so much for reading, everyone. Hope you enjoyed the tutorial!

Thanks Svetlana!
Head over to Svetlana's blog to find out how you can enter to win a fat quarter bundle of the Britain's Best fabrics.

Don't miss the other tutorials (and giveaways!) featured in our September blog hop:
Day 1: Urban Oasis Table Runner from Kristen of KD-Quilts
Day 2: QAYG Drawstring Backpack from the Benartex blog team

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  1. Great tutorial!
    Thanks Svetlana!

  2. The notebook cover is a great gift idea. Thanks.
    I am a Benartex follower

  3. Great tutorial and such cute fabric.

  4. Super cute.Sure I`ll make one.

  5. Love this tutorial...great glad I found this blog!

  6. Love these. I am making some for the holidays

  7. Ohh thanks for these.. I was lookin for a tutorial just like this for my daughter!