|I needed a quick, simple project to get going sewing while recovering from an illness-- decided to make some covers for composition books. I drew up 3 simple rectangles on paper:|
1. the height x length of the comp. book (front edge, wrapped around the spine and to the back edge)-- for the batting. Cut 1 from felt, flannel, or batting.
2. trace #1, add 5/8 inch to all edges-- for cover & lining. Cut 2 from fabric
3. trace #2, cut off about 2" from top to bottom, so it's the same height but a bit shorter than #2-- for the pockets. Cut 2 from quilting cotton
I used some polyester felt for the batting, and various bits of fabric for the cover and lining, sometimes piecing the tops right on the felt. That was helpful, as I found with one "whole cloth" version that I had to baste the felt to the top.
Procedure: lay out the batting/felt, piece on top of it or put the cover fabric on top, face up, extending evenly past the batting. Baste together if necessary. Fold the pocket pieces in half, match the raw edges to the two outside edges of the cover. There will be 3-4 inches between the folded edges at the center. Put the lining fabric on top of the sandwich, face down. Pin well. SEW WITH A 1/2 INCH Seam, starting a little past the center of the bottom, going all the way around, and stopping about 3-4 inches before you reach the beginning point. Trim corners, turn out through the opening, turn the pocket flaps to the lining side, and hand sew the opening closed. Insert the front & back covers of the composition book into the pocket flaps-- voila'. Done.
Even moving very slowly and needing to take breaks, I was able to complete 3 of these in one day. I'm figuring 1/3 of a yard per book cover, though it may actually be a little more. I plan to make up a batch more, use the covers to experiment with color choices, techniques, etc., and end up with inexpensive but unique gifts for friends & family.