Fabric Composition Notebook Cover Tutorial

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These Composition Notebook Covers are so pretty, they even make to-do lists a little more fun to write!
These composition notebook covers are easy to make, and perfect for gift giving!I am a list writer. I write lists for everything. I make a to-do list every day. Truth be told, sometimes I will write things on my list that I have already done, just so I can have the satisfaction of crossing something off. I know, I’m slightly crazy.
Fabric Covered Journal Tutorial

If you have a friend who is addicted to list writing, or who simply likes to take notes or keep a journal, these cute fabric covered composition notebooks make the perfect gift! I was actually given one by a friend several years ago, and I adore it! It is just so fun having a cute notebook to write in. As a bonus, my kids know it’s mine, so it doesn’t get taken, used for scratch paper, and then misplaced.
Composition Notebook Covers

I take mine with me to blog conferences, and use it to take notes in the classes. Then all my notes are in one place, so I can reference them later. So handy, and so much more functional than having slips of paper everywhere that I couldn’t keep track of. I love some organization in my life, even if it is only in notebook form. 🙂
How to make fabric covers for composition notebooks. Makes a great gift!

Composition Notebook Cover Tutorial

– 2 pieces of fabric 11″ x 16 1/8″ for the front cover and inside
-2 pieces of fabric 6″ x 10 3/4″ for the pockets
– 1 piece of fabric 3-4″ x 22″
-Sewing machine/thread
-Fabric scissors
-Composition Notebook (9 3/4″ x 7 1/2″)

1- Cut out all your fabric pieces. You can use coordinating fabrics for your pockets and cover, I used the same fabric. It’s cute either way!
Composition Notebook Cover Tutorial2- Sew the ruffle. Fold the 22″ piece of fabric in half lengthwise, right sides together. Sew a 1/4″ seam along the edge. Then turn it right side out. (I like to use a dowel stick to help the process along.)  Make sure the seam is in the middle, and iron it flat. Then hand or machine sew a straight stitch up the middle. Gather till you have a ruffle about 11″ long.
Fabric Covered Composition Notebook3-Pin the ruffle to the front of one of the 11″ x 16 1/8″ pieces, about 3 1/4 inches from the right edge. Sew it down the middle with a straight stitch. This is your outer cover piece.
Ruffled Notebook Cover4- Fold the two 6″ x 10 3/4″ pieces in half lengthwise, and iron along the fold. These are your pocket pieces.
How to cover a composition notebook with fabric5- Place one pocket piece on each edge of your remaining fabric piece with the folded edges facing towards the middle.
Fabric Covered Notebook with Ruffle6-Place the piece of fabric with the ruffle face side down on top of the two pocket pieces. Kinda like a sandwich. 🙂
Ruffled notebook cover7- Pin all three pieces together, then sew around the edges with a 1/2″ seam. Leave a space about 5″ open at the bottom so you can turn everything right side out. Then clip your corners.
Fabric Covered Composition Notebook-022-18-Turn right side out, then press all the edges, folding in the raw edges that you left open. Sew the opening shut with a top stitch.
Sewing Tutorial- fabric notebooks Here’s a close up:
Composition Notebook with Fabric CoverThat’s it! Now you have a pretty little notebook that is all ready to be filled with great ideas. 🙂

Ruffled Fabric Covered Notebook Tutorial


  1. Judy P. says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this!! I’ve made several of these, but never could figure out how to do them without raw edges showing! As I read this, it was an ephifany!

  2. Kara!!! This is fabulous and darling and spot on!! Your instructions are perfect and easy to follow and oh so easy to understand. Thank you so very much for posting this!

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