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Title: Reusable Notebook Cover using the BERNINA 380
Post by: Leslieshappyheart on May 15, 2012 10:43:10 AM
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Reusable Notebook Cover using the BERNINA 380

I needed a small gift for a friend, something that was cute and easy to mail.  After MUCH thought, the lightbulb came on over my head, and I whipped up this cute little notebook cover!  I will send a couple of refill notebooks with it, so she can switch the cover to a fresh book when the first one is full.

I started with one of these Moleskine notebooks, in the 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" size. Moleskine notebooks are really good quality, which enhances my gift!

I opened the covers and traced the outline onto cardstock, then added 1/8" to the width and length (so the cover will have a little wiggle room to ease it onto the notebook) and then traced the cardstock shape onto a piece of linen.  This will be the front of the cover.

Next, I prepared the decorations for the front.  I have used the alphabet program on the BERNINA 380 in another project (, but this machine has TWO alphabet fonts, and I wanted to try the second one, which produces larger, outlined letters.

I programmed the words "happy" and "notes" into the BERNINA, then stepped on the pedal and watched as the machine sewed them onto pieces of white felt.  I really like the way these words look!  I will save "notes" to use later.

I trimmed the felt so there was a 1/4" margin around the words, then used the pinking shears to give them a decorative edge.

I sewed the word "happy" onto a piece of dark blue felt, cut just a little larger than the white felt.

I'm not including a pattern for the cloud, because I know you can draw a cloud!  I cut out my cloud drawing and traced around it onto white felt.  Then I stitched the eyes (French knots) and the mouth with black embroidery thread.

I cut out two ovals of different shades of blue felt, and stitched them together as you see in the picture.  The BERNINA 380 can sew through several layers of thick canvas, so these three layers of felt were a piece of cake for this awesome machine!

I wanted to center my cloud and word decorations on the front of the cover, but my sewing line (which I wanted to use as a guide) was traced onto the BACK of the front cover; so I marked the four sides with pins and flipped it over.  Using the pins as a guide, I centered the decorations, pinned them down and sewed them in place.

To finish the cover, I trimmed the cover fabric so there was 1/4" seam allowance all around.  Then I cut two pieces of linen for the flaps (which hold the cover onto the notebook) 6" x 6", folded them in half, and laid one along each outer edge of the front cover, with the fold toward the middle, as in the picture below.

On top of that I placed a piece of linen (for the lining), cut 1/2" larger than the cover fabric, and pinned them all together.

I sewed all around the edges, leaving an opening at the bottom.  I trimmed the excess fabric, and turned it right-side-out with the help of a pair of hemostats.  I pressed the cover, topstitched the opening closed, and I was done!

To get the cover onto the notebook, it's easiest to bend the book covers back like in the picture below.

This is so cute, I can't wait to try a few more!  

Title: Re: Reusable Notebook Cover using the BERNINA 380
Post by: Abbeeroad on May 15, 2012 11:09:36 AM
Super cute! I hope you post your "Notes" notebook, too!

Title: Re: Reusable Notebook Cover using the BERNINA 380
Post by: kittykill on May 15, 2012 11:13:28 AM
Oh my goodness! So stinking cute!

Title: Re: Reusable Notebook Cover using the BERNINA 380
Post by: susanab on May 15, 2012 12:15:53 PM
all my notes would turn to happy notes once i wrote them in a book that looks like that :D
i love love love the blue felts on the canvas--that is such a smart look!
programming WORDS!?
that would be like TOO MUCH fun.
i bet the master craftsters that got to use these machines were playing with it all hours of the night.

i love this notebook!

Title: Re: Reusable Notebook Cover using the BERNINA 380
Post by: HSG on May 15, 2012 12:55:53 PM
The stitching on the little appliques is impeccable! This machine has to handle super easy. And leslie...hemostats!!?? LOL!Never would have thought of using them to turn fabric.

Title: Re: Reusable Notebook Cover using the BERNINA 380
Post by: jungrrl on May 15, 2012 01:51:30 PM
I'm pretty sure this is one of the most adorable things I've ever seen! And I LOVE those letters! I think I need one so I can put fabric labels on everything I own.  :)

Title: Re: Reusable Notebook Cover using the BERNINA 380
Post by: LimeRiot on May 30, 2012 06:28:59 PM
I go through a moleskin journal about every 2 weeks! I could really use one of these ADORABLE covers! And you know that I love the felt bits ;). I also love your fabric turning device - how clever!