Homemade heaven: How to create your own luxury stationary
08:34 GMT, 23 August 2012
You will need: A hard-backed, bound notebook, fabric, fabric scissors, needle and thread or sewing machine, tape measure and pencil, iron and ribbon.
1. Choose your fabric. As this requires so little, you could splash out on a pricey piece: most haberdashers will let you buy as little as one-eighth of a metre. One hundred per cent cotton or thicker looks best. And remember, a dark notepad will show through a light fabric.
2. Measure the book’s height, width and depth and prepare to cut a rectangle of fabric. The short edge should be the height of your notebook height, plus 2cm. The long edge should be double the width of your notebook, plus double its depth.
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3. With the fabric right-side down, fold over the two short edges and press in place with an iron.
Mother's helper: Sew your own stylish stationary with a needle and thread
4. Now turn the fabric over, so it is
wrong-side down. Fold it in half widthways and press with an iron to
mark the centre line. Now, open your book, and lay it in the middle of
the short edges over the notebook cover, making sure not to trap any
rogue pages. Using the spare 1cm of fabric at the top and bottom edges,
pin these flaps in place. Slip the book out of your currently inside out
6. Sew both long edges, 1cm from the fabric’s edge. Cut the corners for a neat finish.
7. Turn your cover the right way around. Use a knitting needle to poke out the corners, and give it an iron.
8. To add a tie, cut two 10cm lengths of thin ribbon. Snip one end of each on a slant, to prevent fraying. Position 1cm of the non-slanted end in the middle of the inside flap, as in the picture. Sew on by hand around the edges (be careful to stitch through the inside flap, not the cover).
9. Slip the cover over the notebook. When you’ve scribbled on every page, you can use it on a new jotter.
Finishing touch! Take two 10cm lengths of thin ribbon and tie the knot