Supplies: Sketchbook, Half Yard of Fabric, Sewing Machine, Iron, Craft Glue, Elastic
1. Measure your sketchbook. Mine is 9.5″x12″.
2. Add a half inch to your measurements, and cut your fabric. I cut my fabric at 10″x12.5″.
I did fabric for both the front and the back of my sketchbook, but you could, of course, just do the front.
3. Use your iron and iron down a 1/4″ seam on the edges of your fabric.
4. Cut a piece of elastic the width of your hemmed fabric, mine is 9.5″ Decide where you want it on your sketch book. I put mine around the middle.
Pin it down.
5. Stitch around the edges, sewing through both layers of the hem and stitching the ends of the elastic down.
My elastic slipped a little when I was stitching it, so it’s a little crooked. Be sure to pin it well so this doesn’t happen.
6. Take your favorite pencils, markers or paint brushes and lay them out on your elastic, getting an idea of how large they are.
You can freestyle it, or use a pencil to mark out where you need to stitch your elastic.
7. Use your sewing machine to stitch your elastic down to your fabric. I stitched mine about 1/2″ apart, using the backstitch on my sewing machine to stitch over the elastic 3-4 times to make sure it’s secure.
8. Apply a strong craft glue to your sketch book cover and place your fabric over it, using your hands to press it down slightly.
I put a little extra glue underneath where the elastic is, to make sure it stays put when I’m pulling pencils in and out.
Happy International Tea Day, you guys! I’m on, like, cup number 6 (?) of the day. I love tea.
So, are you a tea or coffee person? I won’t hate you if you say coffee, but I may try to convince you that tea is better.