I Made A Fliptop Notebook Cover

I discovered cheap notebooks at the newsagent


They are without covers

So I made one

 Here’s how…

I chose 3 different Fabrics

  • 1 for a cover
  • 1 for the lining
  • 1 for a pocket to hold the pad in place


Tapes for a pen holder

Elastic – For closure

A large sheet of sturdy card

Light weight fusible fleece (I used Vilene x50)

     Lightweight wadding and craft glue can be used

Scissors for card

Needle & thread or machine


Rotary cutter and board or fabric scissors



Card – cut 4

 Dimensions of the notebook plus ¼” added to each side

Fabric for cover and lining – cut 1 each

Dimensions of card, doubled in length, plus ¼” seam allowance to each side

(If your notebook has a spiral binding add extra to fabric to allow for that)

Fabric for pocket – cut 1

Same width as cover and lining

But double the length of the notebook plus ½” seam allowance

Tape – cut 2

Enough to go around the pen at fattest part, plus ½” for generous seam allowance

Elastic – cut 1

At width of the card plus ½” at each edge to allow for generous seam allowance

Wadding -Do not cut to size before attaching to card, it’s easier to attach then trim to size

I found a steam iron worked better than the dry iron recommended for fusible fleece

The card did buckle a little

But straightened when cooled and fitted into covers

My Measurements are all Imperial

My quilting, cutting boards and rules are Imperial

The notebook inserts are Imperial…

I saw no reason to change…

My notebook is 5” x 8”

My cards 5½” x 8½” 

My fabric

For cover and lining  6” x 17½”

For pocket  6”x 17”

Attach card to wadding, set aside to dry

Press all fabrics before cutting

Once cut to length

Press the pocket fabric in half

Lay lining fabric right side up, onto this lay the pocket edges aligned

Pocket opening will be just short of halfway

Pin pen loops into position using photograph as reference

Ensure a generous amount is held by the seam

Loops face inward to the centre of the cover

Place and pin elastic across the lower end of the pocket

Use photograph for reference

Place fabric cover over all right side down

Pin securely at edges

Using the ¼” seam allowance

I prefer to work with needle and thread drawn through beeswax

But a sewing machine will do the job

Take extra care to oversew at pen loops and elastic ends

Stitch on three sides leaving open the pocket edge, along the bottom

Make stitching secure either side of this opening

Trim corners to reduce bulk and turn cover inside out straightening edges with finger pressing

Don’t panic if the pocket doesn’t look right it needs to be turned too

Unpin pen loops so they pop out like ears

Ensure all edges have been captured by stitching

Having trimmed wadding around cards

Slip them inside the cover, one at a time

They should be snug

If they are too tight trim a tiny amount from each card until they fit,

If too loose you may have to stitch seams again

Turn pocket & pin pen loops out of the way before you do.

Position wadding side facing out

Two cards to each section

This will make the covers firm

There needs to be fabric only midway, to act as the hinge

(The first one I made using plastic, hoping it would be washable, however it wasn’t firm enough until I added an extra sheet of card to both sections – ah well)

Using seam allowances, tuck raw edges of bottom opening neatly inside

With needle and thread close using a blind hemstitch if possible…

Or tiny straight stitches

Finish securely, for this edge will get a great deal of wear…

Slip the notebook in place by sliding notebook card- back into the pocket

Use elastic to secure covers whether open or closed

I made another for church


Design, Instructions and Photographs © Denise Stanford 2010

~ by Denise Within the Vine on 13/08/2010.

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