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« on: August 04, 2008 10:31:04 PM »

I need help making a book cover for a fat spiral notebook...
Here's my problem: whenever I try to measure the fabric size, the size changes when I close the notebook. The cover is too big when the notebook is closed... please help me!

Here's a pic of what my notebook looks like, but my notebook is in a different color:


that's the closest thing i found that looked like my notebook...surprisingly they didn't even have it on the Target website...which is where I bought the notebook

BTW: it's called the poly travel journal, it's 6 in W x 8 in L
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« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2008 11:20:51 PM »

It sounds like you're on the right track... but it's a problem you can't really get rid of.

Are you making a slip cover, that the back & front covers slide into, or are you bonding (glueing) the fabric cover to the existing one? I think you're going to keep hitting the same problems. The cover will always end up "too large" when the book is open.

The other option is to cover the front and back separately, and leave the comb spine exposed. If you open the comb carefully (and pay attention to the construction so you can put it back together the right way!), you can slide out the covers and pages. Glue your fabric to the covers, and cut out all the little holes (a pain, but it can look pretty professional if you do it well). Then re-assemble everything, and admire your spunky new notebook. Hope that helps  Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2008 06:49:40 AM »

thanks...so you're saying that it will always be too big? darn...thanks for the other options Cheesy

« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2008 10:38:40 AM »

I have a store-bought leather cover for a 6 x 9.5 notebook.  It has really deep pockets where the front and back cover slide into.  It doesn't seem to be too big when opened.  I can send you photos if you would like.

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« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2008 03:23:22 PM »

Are you using a stretchy fabric?  That would help with the size change - or at least make the "spine" part out of something stretchy?  (The kind of stretchy that "springs back" to shape, like elastic.)  Or make some sort of gathered spine that accordians  when the book is opened and closed?
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« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2008 05:15:13 PM »

I agree w/val_for_design's last option = cover each side individually. That way there's no issue of it being too big & you won't have to deal w/things slipping off or getting bunchy when open.

« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2008 05:48:25 PM »

I have a storebought leather cover too, and it works like this- the pockets for the prong and back cover are just loose enough for the book to slide a little without binding up.  The book cover fits tightly at the spine when closed, is stiff, and only likes to fold at the pre-creased areas on either side of the spine.  When I open the book, either the front or the back cover of the book actually slide out of the pocket just enough so the book cover lies flat and the spine of the cover is still tight to the spine of the book itself.

A million years ago when I covered books with brown paper bags for school (to witch I walked up hill both ways in the snow of course) I noticed the same thing.

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