Tuesday, August 19, 2014

folder cover

Today I'd like to welcome back Brooke Sellmann of Silly Mama Quilts! She's been here before, helping with these "sew full" events, and she always has a great tutorial for us! Like her adorable mini quilt from sew full of summer. Or with fall upon us, you should put her pumpkin bars recipe on your to-make list!

When Brooke was a girl, she figured she wanted to do something in business when she grew up. So it looks like her dream came true! She's a successful quilter who is constantly making beautiful items for her shop, Silly Mama Quilts. Like me, she relies on paper and pencil and a calculator to do her quilt math.Today she is sharing a composition notebook cover with us!

Notebook cover

Finished size is about 10 x 15

Fits a 9 ¾ x 7 ½ composition notebook


½ yard of fabric for outside and flaps

Coordinating lining fabric, if desired

Small piece of fabric for appliqués

Heat n Bond or Steam a Seam

Piece of batting just a bit larger than the notebook


Begin by tracing around the composition notebook on wrong side of cover fabric

Trim excess, leaving at least ½ inch all around


For initial or heart, trace onto Steam a Seam or Heat n Bond

Place appliqué image on front of folder cover and zig zag in place


Cut lining fabric the same size as the outer folder piece – I used Kona white


Inside flaps

5 inches wide by the width of folder piece

Turn under one of the long edges and hem

Cut a piece of batting a little larger than the traced composition notebook fabric


Layer wrong side of lining over batting, side flaps wrong sides facing right side of lining, folder outside piece right side facing right side of flaps


Sew about 1/8 inch away from traced line, leaving an opening for turning along the bottom

Trim to ¼ seam allowance


Turn right side out and then top stitch close to the edge

Make sure your seam allowance is small and same with top stitching or it won’t fit!

I also did one with a heart appliqué

If you have any questions, please email me at brooke@sillymamaquilts.com.

Hope you enjoyed this project!

Thanks so much Brooke! I love it! And for more awesomeness, check out these other back to school projects she designed for Ann Kelle's fabric. 

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