A beautiful cover will take an ordinary notebook and transform it into a personalized planner, journal or sketch book. This pojagi book cover is designed to fit a 5″x7″ notebook.
You will need a piece of the primary fabric 17-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ and lining fabric 7″ x 8-1/2″. These are sewn with traditional seams and seam allowances, not with lined pojagi seams, so just cut to size.
As well, you need two accent pieces 1-1/2″ x 2″ and two long pieces for the wrapping tie 1-1/2″ x 14″ with a point at one end. These are made with lined pojagi seams, and dimensions are given for the finished size.
Fold the seam allowances on the tie to the inside and pin the two pieces wrong sides together.
Stitch around the edge with the pojagi seam technique.
Stitch around the long sides and the pointed end, but it isn’t necessary to finish the short end.
Join the two pieces of accent fabric in the same way to have a finished piece 1-1/2″ x 2″.
On the primary fabric, mark fold lines with a Hera 3″ in from each end. With chalk, mark a point 1/4 of the way in from the right hand fold line. It should be centred between the top and bottom of the fabric. This is where we will attach the tie.
Sew the tie into place either by hand or with a sewing machine.
Place the accent fabric over top of the end, and attach with triple backstitch.
Lay the main fabric down right side up. Fold the two sides in at the 3″ crease lines. Centre the lining fabric so that it overlaps both end pieces. Pin together at the top and bottom. Make sure the tie is tucked inside so it doesn’t get caught in the seam!
Sew top and bottom with a 1/4″ seam and finish with a zig zag stitch.
Turn right side out.
Stitch a triple back stitch around all sides of the cover, 1/4″ from the edge.
Insert your notebook and it’s ready to go!
Wrap the tie around the book and tuck through the loop to keep it closed.
If you enjoy this project, be sure to try out the other pojagi Christmas projects!
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