A while ago I figured out how to make a lined composition book cover
. Yes! But then I joined a swap here where you can only use 2 fat quarters of fabric. It didn't count interfacing as fabric.
So, not wanting to waste part of my allotment of fat quarters on lining, I decided to line it with interfacing.
No stitching on the outside necessary!
First, you'll need to get the fabric part of your cover. If you're using 1 whole piece, just grab it (cut to the right size.) If you're piecing different fabrics together like I did, get all that done first. I used this tutorial
for the general measurements for an A5 notebook cover. I sketched the rectangle then drew in the features I wanted: a spine and pockets. Then I used that to make the different pattern pieces.
Anyway, once you've got the fabric ready, cut a piece of fusible interfacing to the same size MINUS the side seam allowances. If you allowed for 1/2 seam allowances all the way around, cut 1 inch off 1 of the short sides of your interfacing. You won't be turning the interfacing under like you will the fabric.
This next part always gets me confused, but here goes:
Fold the flap allowances so the right sides of the fabric are together. This is the opposite of how you'll want it to look when finished. Iron the seam allowances on the flaps so that the wrong sides are together.
Finger press the flaps into the interfacing so that the non-glued sides touch. Don't iron! Position the edges of the flaps so that the cut edges touch the seam allowance folds of the fabric. The interfacing fold and the fabric fold of the flaps should match. The top and bottom edges should match. Pin.
Sew the top. Sew the bottom. Leave the flap sides alone for now
Reach in through one side and pull the other through. Turn the flaps the right way. The glue side of the interfacing should be touching the wrong side of the fabric and the seam allowances of the flap for a "hem". No glue should be where the notebook will go.
Finger press everything to where it should be (a few pins may be needed as well) then iron away, sealing the glue to the inside of your cover.
If this will be washed in the future, you may want to topstitch the interfacing to the flap, but it's your call!This tutorial
has some more in progress shots.
Add some beads if you want, slip a notebook in, and away you go! Yay!