Welcome to part 2 of the Zippy Notebook Cover Tutorial!
Step 11: Sew the two zip pouch linings together right sides facing on the bottom only. Note: I trimmed mine because it became a little wonky.
Step 12: Now, take the interior fabric pieces. Start with the pockets.
Sew a rolled hem. Fold the fabric under 1/8″ and then again another 1/8″ to create a finished edge for the top of the pocket.
Step 13: Clip the pockets to the sleeve pieces.
You’re going to sew another rolled hem down the pocket/sleeve sides with the clips on them.
Step 14: I like to tack down the sleeves (with the pockets on them) to the lining fabric with an 1/8″ seam allowance. This way they won’t budge when sewing the cover together. These stitches will be in the seam allowance to no need to remove them later.
Then, take a second to tack down the elastic with a few stiches. Place the elastic 1.5″-2″ away from the left hand side.
Step 15: Lay the exterior piece on top of the interior lining piece, right sides together. The zipper part will be directly over the elastic part of the lining. Sew around all the sides, using 1/4″ -3/8th” seam allowance. Note: except for the 4″ portion at the top (marked with a pin in the pic above). You’ll need that opening for turning it right sides out.
Trim edges to 1/4″ all the way around. Also, clip your corners.
Turn the cover right sides out. This is that moment you ask yourself what have I done!? I forgot to open the zipper!? Luckily, the zipper can be closed for this project.
Step 16: Push out the corners. Press the cover flat. Pin/clip the opening closed.
Sew the opening closed 1/8″ away from the edge. I sew the same area on the bottom as well, for symmetry.
At last! Put a notebook in your cover. Yay! You’re done!!
Load up the interior pockets.
Beware! These guys tend to multiply! I know what I’m making for back-to-school gifts…maybe even teacher gifts.
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