Notebook, Photo Album, Sketchpad Cover Tutorial

I orginally wrote this tutorial for the Boden Community, which has now changed into the Boden Blog. If you scour through their archives you can probably still find it, but I thought it would be great to share with all the readers over here, especially with the potential to make Christmas presents!

We’re going to make a covering for a book in this tutorial, I personally made a notebook cover. But this method works equally well to cover photo albums, Sketch-pads or any other kind of book.

What You’ll Need:

An old pair of jeans


Lining Fabric (I used an old pair of curtains)

Notebook or similar to cover

Measuring Tape


Sewing Needles


Ribbon, tape and/or buttons for embellishment

Step 1

To start you will need to create a paper pattern. With the book closed measure top to bottom and then add on 4cms (this is height of your rectangle). Next lay the book down flat and open. Measure from the inside of the book cover, taking your measuring tape over the back of the cover, across the spine and to the other edge and back inside. Take a couple of cms off the total length (this is the width of your rectangle). Now using these measurements, draw a rectangle onto paper and cut out.

Step 2

Get ready to cut into your jeans! Lay down and pin your paper pattern to the denim fabric and cut out. Then cut an identical rectangle from a piece of fabric to be used as lining.

Step 3

Now it’s time to add the decoration. You can be really creative here, so don’t hold yourself back. In my example I used some ribbon, tape and ric rac, buttons look fab too. Lay the embellishments onto the right side of your cut out piece of denim. I used three long pieces running the entire width of the cover and one shorter piece running top to bottom on the front. Pin down your ribbons etc. and sew into place securely.

Step 4

Lay down the lining fabric with the right side facing up. Place the denim fabric down right sides facing and pin together. Machine stitch around the edge, remembering to leave a gap approximately 10cms wide which you’ll use to turn the cover the right way out.

Step 5

Before turning, cut the corners of the cover diagonally. This will ensure crisp corners once turned (remember not to cut into or too near your stitches).

Step 6

Turn the cover the right way out through the un-sewn gap. Carefully tease out the corners, a knitting needle is useful for this purpose. Fold in the edges around the un-sewn gap in the cover, iron the entire cover, then sew up the gap.

Step 7

You should now have a very pretty rectangle of fabric. Fold this in half and iron it to find the centre. Then lay the spine of your notebook onto the centre crease. There should be fabric extending past the notebook on both sides. Fold the fabric over the notebook’s cover to the inside and pin (this will create your inside flap). Make sure that your book closes comfortably and the cover is snug enough. Once happy, machine stitch your flaps close to the edge on either side.

Step 8

Your cover is now finished! Fold the cover of your notebook back (as in pic.) to slip the cover on. If you can bear to give it away, then this would make a fabulous present. But I’m convinced you’ll love it so much that you’ll never want to part from it.

Make Your Own Sweet Candy Christmas Tree Decoration!

Modern interiors often demand simplicity and a lack of clutter, but at Christmas these mantras get forgotten and many of us decorate every surface in sight. One of my favourite decorations has to be my Sweet Candy Christmas Tree. Incredibly easy to make, it’s the perfect craft for children and makes a wonderful table centre or side table piece. Plus it has the added benefit of being edible once the festivities are over!

What You’ll Need

Cardboard to make the tree and star


Double sided tape or pads


Gold Paint

Step 1

First you need to make the base of the Christmas Tree. This is done by drawing around something circular, I used a medium dinner plate. I wanted two layers to my tree so drew out two circles, but one larger circle would work if you only require one layer. Cut out the circle(s).

Step 2

Cut a slit in one side of the circle, this should reach from the edge into the centre. Grip both sides of the slit and form the circle into a cone shape. Secure the shape with tape.

Step 3

Cut out some double sided tape and attach to one edge of a sweet. Peel off the other side of the tape and stick to the bottom of your cone. Continue sticking sweets in a line at the base of the cone. When you reach the first sweet begin another line just above the first. Make sure you cover up any tape and leave as few gaps as possible.

Step 4

If you are creating two or more layers remember that the bottom layer will not need as many sweets as the top. Unwrap one sweet and use the wrapper to cover the point at the top of the tree.

Step 5

Next draw and cut out two simple stars from cardboard. Cut a slit from the top of one of the stars into the centre. Then cut a slit from the bottom of the other star into the centre. Slide the two stars together to make a 3D shape and paint gold. Once dry stick to the top of your tree. If you have more than one layer to your tree place them on top of each other now.

Ta Da! You have made a beautiful and edible Christmas Tree!

TIP. If you can’t find green sweets don’t worry, these trees look great in multi colours. Or you can decorate primarily in green with the occasional coloured sweet as a bauble!

Simple Cushion Cover Tutorial

For awhile now I have had two very pretty cushions sat upon my sofa. Unfortunately their beauty was only skin deep and they quickly died an untimely death. I blame the silk being far too thin, it wore away into threads within months 🙁 So finally I did what I should have done in the first place and made my own cushions. Although I did do my bit for the environment and reused the feather cushion pads. I even have the old covers stashed and will salvedge what I can for another project. If you fancy having a go at these extremely simple covers, here’s how I did it.

What You’ll Need

Cushion Pad

Fabric for the front

Fabric for the back



Step 1

Measure the width and length of your cushion pad. We will make covers which are exactly the same size, this makes them lovely and padded. Take the fabric intended for the front of the cushion and cut it out using these measurements.

Step 2

This cushion has an envelope opening at the back. To make this, devide the length of your cushion pad into 3. Take 1/3 of the measurement and add 7cm, this will make one side of the back. Then take 2/3 of the measurement and add 7cm, this will make the other side. Your width measurement will be the same. Cut out the two pieces from the back fabric. If you lay them down and overlap them by 7cm you will see that the back will match the front.

Step 3

Next use a zig zag stitch around each of the 3 pieces of fabric to stop them fraying. Now lay down the larger back piece, cut out two pieces of ribbon (approx 28cm long) and pin and sew them at equal points onto one of the shorter sides.

On the side with the ribbon attached, turn over approx 2cm of fabric and iron. Then fold over another 2cm and iron flat. Stitch close to the edge to secure these folds. Bring the ribbon to the front and stitch to keep in place.

Repeat the folding/sewing process with the shorter back piece, but don’t attach any ribbon.

Step 4

Lay down the front piece print side up. Then lay the larger back piece on top, matching up the edges. Next lay over the shorter back piece, overlapping the longer back piece but matching the edges of the front. Pin and Sew all the way around the cover’s edge.

Step 5

Turn the cover the right way out and place the cushion pad inside. Cut two more pieces of ribbon (approx 21cm long) and hand sew them onto the shorter back piece opposite the other ribbon. Tie them up and you’re done!