Embroidered Notebook Covers

Make this Finished embroidered notebook cover.

from this  Fabrics 

and this!Composition book

It is almost back-to-school time and this embroidered notebook cover is a quick and easy project using a standard 50-cent composition book. It takes about a half-yard of fabric, or two fat quarters, and a few scraps for the applique. Best of all, you can customize it with any embroidery. Your student will be the only one with a notebook like this one!

I like to press all fabrics before cutting, especially with a project such as this whose measurements depend upon a good fit. The notebook measured 9.75" tall and 15.25" wide when fully open. I added a half-inch seam allowance and cut two pieces of fabric 10.25" tall by 15.75" wide for the front and back. For the side flaps, I cut two pieces of fabric 7.5" wide by 10.25" tall. Fold the flaps in half, lentghwise, and press.

 Embroidered notebook cover pieces.

For the embroidery, I chose HQH 102-3 from the Amazing Designs Applique Quilting Hearts Collection. Choose from 46 designs for the 4x4-inch hoop and 30 designs for the 5x7-inch hoop. Hoop with a tear-away stabilizer and embroider the applique of choice, centering it on the front half of the cover.

One of the wonderful things about this embroidery program is that the appliques work perfectly with the AccuQuilt Go! heart die 55029. The AccuQuilt GO! machine effortlessly die cuts several layers of 2", 3", and 4" hearts. All you have to do is run the fabric and die through the machine using the hand crank and lay your applique hearts in the first (placement) stitch out area where they will be tacked down and satin stitched. If you don't have an AccuQuilt GO!, you can still applique using traditional methods (placement stitch, tack down, cut outside fabric to the stitch line, and satin stitch).

Embroidered notebook cover applique. Accuquilt 55029 hearts

Once the applique or front cover embroidery is finished, place the outside cover right side up. Line up each flap with the outside edges, matching raw edges and keeping the folds to the inside. Place the inside cover piece face down on the flaps and outside cover. Pin in place and stitch around the outside with a 1/4" seam, leaving a 1.5" opening for turning.

Embroidered notebook cover assembly.

Turn the flaps out after stitching and hand-stitch the bottom opening left for turning.

Embroidered notebook cover inside.

Slip the notebook cover pages in the flaps and you are done! The same concept can be used to make a cover for a journal, favorite book, or Bible.

Embroidererd notebook cover flaps.

 Debbie SewBlest


Comments (6) -

marthashafer 8/18/2012 8:16:01 AM

Thank you for the Embroidered Notebook Covers project. I am looking forward to making some.

I would use flannel backed table cloths or fabric like it for then you could wipe them clean.

What a wonderful project, made plenty of these from paper bags and what a great way to use up stash.

Flannel-backed table cloths are a GREAT idea, Marsuz!

Not sure how applique would work on table cloths; it may cut through the plastic. You could always do the applique on water soluble stabilizer and then glue it on  the plastic tablecloth surface.

There are also some wonderful laminated fabrics on the market.

cutebuttrfly123 8/25/2012 3:16:53 AM

Amazingly effective and you make it look so easy,might have to try this one myself.

Thanks, cutebuttrfly123. When you make yours, be sure to post them in the gallery so we can see them!

If you buy one new piece of equipment this year, this is it. Whether it is the AccuQuilt Baby or the

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