{How To} Quick Book Cover

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Summer is winding down and the kids will be back to school in a flash.  To help send them off in style I thought it would be fun to make a quick book cover for a few of their composition books.  (Or as I recently found out – “Cow”- books)

quick and easy notebook cover. The Sewing Loft

This project is for all levels.

Skill Level- 1 Button


  • 2 pieces of 12″ x 18″ felt
  • notebook
  • fun trims

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Basic Instructions:

  1. Measure your notebook height and then open it up and measure from end to end.  And 1/2″ for seam allowance to both numbers.  So, my notebook measures 9 3/4″ h x 15″ w and my cut piece of felt is 10 1/4″ h x 15 1/2″ wide.  This gives me a small 1/4″ seam allowance all around.
  2. To create the side pockets for the cover to slip into, I cut 2 pieces of felt 10 1/4″ h x 4″ w.
  3. Decorate the front of your cover as you wish with fun trims or maybe even ruffles. I cut up a few bits of felt and layered on an old appliqué.
  4. Then pin the side pockets in place and stitch all around the 4 sides.
  5. Slip your notebook in place and you are done!

Book Cover - thesewingloftblog.com

Additional ideas for your book cover:

  • Add a ribbon bookmark
  • Cut the edges of felt with pinking shears
  • Add a closure


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  1. Jennifer Hutchinson says

    This is just adorable! I cannot wait to make one for my notebooks!