As mentioned in Episode 106, I’ve made a couple composition notebook covers to give as rather glorified gift card holders for Christmas this year. Here’s how I did it:
Step 1 – cut a piece of fusible fleece (or other interfacing) to 15-1/4″ x 10″. I used fusible fleece because I had it, and I like the cushiness of it. You can use regular muslin for your foundation if that’s what you have on hand.
Step 2 – Fuse down your first strip of fabric (wrong side of fabric to fusible side of fleece), leaving an overhang of at least 1/2″ on all edges. Begin sewing other strips down, laying them right sides together and stitching with 1/4″, then flip it right side up and fuse each one until the entire piece of fleece is covered (with at least 1/2″ of fabric all the way around).
Step 3 – Flip your piece over and trim all the fabric to 1/4″ past the edge of the fleece.
Step 4 (omit if not making a gift card pocket)- Make a small pocket for the gift card by cutting a piece of fabric 3×5″ and folding it over. With an 1/8″ seam allowance, stitch around 3 sides, leaving an opening for turning. Clip corners as shown, then turn and press.
Step 5 – Cut two pieces 5 1/2″ x 10 1/2″. Make a 1/4″ hem on one long side of each piece and press. Position the gift card pocket you just made and stitch it down with a 1/8″ top stitch.
Step 6 – Test to make sure your gift card fits. If it doesn’t fit, sew your seam smaller than 1/8″ to stitch it down. Or make a slightly bigger pocket.
Step 7 – Which I forgot to take a picture of. Alas. Position the two large pieces, right sides together on the quilted piece (the finished edges of the large pieces will be toward the center of the fused piece). With a 1/4″ seam, stitch them down just on the outside of the fleece. Trim corners, turn and press.
Step 8 – Stitch down the non-pocket parts with the raw 1/4″ seam so they don’t flip during use. Tuck your composition book in and enjoy!
Here are two that I finished, with actual giftcards included!
The total cost for this project for me was about the same as buying a greeting card: $2 to $3. The composition book was $0.94 at Wal-Mart, the strips came from my scrap bin. and I had the fusible on hand.