DIY FELT COVERED NOTEBOOK

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Isn’t this DIY felt covered notebook adorable? I saw something similar in Target the other day, and thought “I can make that!” Spoken like a true crafter.

 

Make an adorable DIY felt covered notebook ! Such a great back to school craft for teens or tweens.

 

To tell you the truth, with such a complex craft you CAN just buy it – but you’ll miss out on all the fun! This felt covered notebook has lots of repetitive movements, but does not require lots of attention. That makes it a great “waiting room” craft – something you can pack in a bag to finish while waiting on line. 

 

I hand sewed it, giving it a fun, imperfect touch. It really doesn’t require lots of sewing skill. It’s perfect for total beginners too! And, of course, you don’t even need a machine.

 

Make an adorable DIY felt covered notebook ! Such a great back to school craft for teens or tweens.

 

The felt cover can easily be removed, though it’s firm enough not to come off on its own. If you want it to be permanent, you can definitely secure it in place with a little bit of glue.

 

It was cute before I put the pen pocket, and it’s cute with. You can try it with a little embroidery, sew a strap with a buttonhole instead of using the elastic, use buttons or beads to embellish, or make a fun-shaped fabric applique. The possibilities are truly endless.

 

Make an adorable DIY felt covered notebook ! Such a great back to school craft for teens or tweens.

 

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE A FELT COVERED NOTEBOOK: 

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HOW TO MAKE A FELT COVERED NOTEBOOK: 

 

1. Measure your felt and trim it to size. It should cover the notebook closed, plus at least an inch in each direction. The top and bottom should be slightly larger than the notebook. 

Make an adorable DIY felt covered notebook ! Such a great back to school craft for teens or tweens.

 

2. Center the notebook on the felt, and close it. Fold in the overlap on both the front and back covers, and pin it in place. 

Make an adorable DIY felt covered notebook ! Such a great back to school craft for teens or tweens.

Make an adorable DIY felt covered notebook ! Such a great back to school craft for teens or tweens.

 

3. Remove the cover from the notebook. Prepare your needle and start sewing. 

Make an adorable DIY felt covered notebook ! Such a great back to school craft for teens or tweens.

 

4. Begin by sewing a few stitches to seal the short open edge of one of the flaps. Start from inside the flap, and bring it up through the flap. Bring it around to the back (the front of the cover) and back up through both layers. Do this twice. 

Make an adorable DIY felt covered notebook ! Such a great back to school craft for teens or tweens.

 

5. Begin sewing in and out stitches along the short edge. 

Make an adorable DIY felt covered notebook ! Such a great back to school craft for teens or tweens.

 

6. When you are ready to turn the corner and sew along the fold, repeat step 4. You’ll do this every time you turn a corner.

Make an adorable DIY felt covered notebook ! Such a great back to school craft for teens or tweens.

 

7. Keep sewing in and out stitches along the folded side. Don’t do it too deep in, or your cover won’t fit.

Make an adorable DIY felt covered notebook ! Such a great back to school craft for teens or tweens.

 

8. Finish off your thread by knotting and snipping. You now have a little pocket on one side for the front cover of your notebook.

Make an adorable DIY felt covered notebook ! Such a great back to school craft for teens or tweens.

 

This is how it looks on the outside:

Make an adorable DIY felt covered notebook ! Such a great back to school craft for teens or tweens.

 

9. On the back cover flap, you’ll be putting an elastic. Cut a small notch into the fold that will fit your elastic. 

Make an adorable DIY felt covered notebook ! Such a great back to school craft for teens or tweens.

 

10. Sew the back cover flap as you did the first. But, when you get to the notch you cut, slip in the elastic so that the glued part is hidden. Make a few stitches through the elastic and both layers of felt to secure it. 

Make an adorable DIY felt covered notebook ! Such a great back to school craft for teens or tweens.

 

11. Sew around the notch you made to seal it. Finish of that area by sewing through the elastic and felt a few times. 

Make an adorable DIY felt covered notebook ! Such a great back to school craft for teens or tweens.

 

12. Finish sewing the back cover side of your cover as you did the front. 

Make an adorable DIY felt covered notebook ! Such a great back to school craft for teens or tweens.

 

13. Time to sew on your button! Begin by placing your cover onto the notebook, and marking where the button should be. 

Make an adorable DIY felt covered notebook ! Such a great back to school craft for teens or tweens.

 

14. Then sew it in place, being sure not to sew the flap that holds the cover shut. Only sew through the outside layer. 

Make an adorable DIY felt covered notebook ! Such a great back to school craft for teens or tweens.

 

You now have an extremely adorable felt covered notebook to keep or to gift! 

 

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If you’d like to dress it up at this point, plan out your designs when the felt cover is on the notebook. Mark where everything goes, or even secure it in place with pins.

Make an adorable DIY felt covered notebook ! Such a great back to school craft for teens or tweens.

 

Then take it off to sew it in place. 

Make an adorable DIY felt covered notebook ! Such a great back to school craft for teens or tweens.

 

I made a pen pocket. Isn’t it cute?

Make an adorable DIY felt covered notebook ! Such a great back to school craft for teens or tweens.

 

Place your cover back on, and you have a personal, and ADORABLE felt covered notebook. 

 

Make an adorable DIY felt covered notebook ! Such a great back to school craft for teens or tweens.

 

If you want the cover to be permanent, glue it on using a hot glue gun or tacky glue. If you don’t glue it, you’ll be able to transfer it to the next notebook once this one is full. 

 

Make an adorable DIY felt covered notebook ! Such a great back to school craft for teens or tweens.

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. So simple and cute! I’m going to definitely make time to do a couple of these for my notebooks.

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