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Note Book Cover Sewing Pattern

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note book cover pattern

Let’s dressed-up your note book and personalized it to your taste with a new cover!!!! Sew a notebook cover of your own by using this note book cover sewing pattern.

I made my own note book cover after buying a cheap notebook from the stationery shop! Why spend more on the cover that I will throw away upon finishing up the whole book?

By salvaging some leftover fabrics from my stashes to sew it, which I can use repeatedly, book after book.

sew notebook cover

Look familiar? You are right! Those leftover fabrics are from my trifold floral wallet project. Now, I have a set of matching wallet with a notebook!!!

This pattern is for A5 size note book, if you have other sizes, don’t worry, you can still adapt to this note-book cover pattern or you can make a non-sew-up back cover with a strap for adjustment to suit different width.

Read further for more info about how to sew this notebook cover.

note book cover pattern
Heart Note Book Cover


Active Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Avid Beginner/Intermediate
Estimated Cost: $6 - $10

Let’s dressed-up your note-book and personalized it to your taste with a new cover!!!! Sew a note-book cover of your own by using this note-book cover sewing pattern.

I made my own note-book cover after buying a cheap note-book from the stationery shop! Why spend more on the cover that I will throw away upon finished up the whole book?

By salvaging some leftover fabrics from my stashes to sew it, which I can use it repeatedly, book after book.

Enjoy sewing them!

Download and print separately SEWING PATTERN for drawing the fabric.


  • Main Cover Fabric = 22 3/4″ x 9 3/4″
  • Side Lining = 5 1/2″ x 9 3/4″ (2 pcs.)
  • Center Lining = 13 1/4″ x 9 3/4″
  • Batting (5mm loft) = 12 3/4″ x 8 3/4″
  • Rigid Fusible Interfacing = 4 1/2″ x 8 3/4″ (2 pcs.), 12 1/4″ x 8 1/2″
  • Ribbon = 15″
  • Appliques fabric = Floral, brown, alphabet
  • Embroidery flosses
  • Sewable magnetic button (1 pair)
  • Decorative button
  • A5 Note Book: 12 1/4″ around (including the binder), 8 1/4″ height


  • Sewing essential
  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron
  • Water erasable pen



  1. Note Book Cover Pattern TutorialClick the picture to download the pattern. Print it in letter size paper, don’t scale. Enlarge according to the pattern for page 2-4.
    If your notebook is not in A5 size, measure the width (around) and height:
    1. Add 9 1/2″ to the width for the main fabric,
    2. Add 1/2″ of the all the height, except center lining 1/4″.

  2. Notebook Cover Tutorial & Patterna. Cut all materials according to patterns and seam allowances. No seam allowance for fusible interfacing and batting.
    b. Baste batting to the wrong side of the center part of the main cover.
    c. Embellish and embroidery the appliques and patterns onto the cover.
    d. Make a few embossing hearts at the back cover if you like.

  3. Applique Topstitcha. Needle turn and slip stitch the floral heart applique with hand, then topstitch the center with a sewing machine.
    b. Embroidery the wording by using branch stitch.
    c. Sew the smaller heart by using a sewing machine.
    d. To make the burnt effect of the letter applique, cut a slightly bigger square of an alphabet fabric, burnt the edges with a tea-light candle until it reaches the shape you want. Sew it on the front cover with a sewing machine.

  4. note-book coverHide thread ends by pulling both front thread-ends to the wrong side of the stitch, tie them up and trim the ends. (This will ensure the threads won’t come off and stick out to the front.)

  5. Notebook Cover Tutorial & Patterna. Fold the top and bottom edges of the pen holder to the center, sew a zigzag stitch along. Topstitch near the edges.
    b. Sew the sides together, turn, sew it on the Pen Holder markers.
    c. With right side facing each other, sew around the fastener, leaving an opening on the straight vertical edge. Clip curve.
    d. Turn and fold in the seam allowance of the opening. Topstitch around and sew 1/2″ length to the Fastener markers on the cover.
    e. Sew a magnetic button and decorative button.

  6. Notebook Cover Tutorial & PatternIron rigid fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the left and right of the main cover.

  7. Notebook Cover Tutorial & Patterna. With right side facing each other, sew side linings to the main cover.
    b. Clip corner, turn. Adjust the corner and press.
    c. Press the top & bottom edge of the cover & baste them in place.
    d. Sew pocket in place.
    e. Baste bookmark ribbon to the right of the center (with the wrong side of the cover facing you).
    f. Iron rigid fusible interfacing to the center lining, fold top and bottom edges in and press.

  8. Notebook Cover Tutorial & Patterna. Place the center lining on top of the wrong side of the cover. b. Pin it to secure.
    c. Since the center part of the cover is bigger than the center lining, align the side edges and leave extra space on the center to account for the fold of the notebook.

  9. Note Book Cover Tutorial Pattern FreeFlip the left and right side lining onto it. Sew along the red lines.

  10. Notebook Cover Tutorial & PatternSlot the front and back cover to the sidelining pockets.

  11. Notebook Cover Tutorial & PatternClose the notebook and check for the fitting. Just in case it is a little too tight, trim the edges of the notebook to make them fit better. (Mine fitted very well, no modification was needed.)

  12. Notebook Cover Tutorial & PatternInsert a pen into the pen holder. Check for the position to sew the other pair of of the magnetic button.


What’s next, maybe a bag? Maybe, thinking, thinking, planning, planning!!!

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Saturday 28th of June 2014

I am having a little trouble with the left and right side lining portions... as far as I can tell, the inside edges as well as the left and right edges of the centre linning are left raw? Is that correct or is there a step I am missing?

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Sunday 29th of June 2014

Yes, Roxanne, you are right, I left them raw as the fusible interfacing will protect it from fraying. If you don't feel comfortable, you may add a 3/8" seam allowance, fold it down and top-stitch it.


Monday 10th of March 2014

It`s amazing ,your blog is beautiful

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