I love having small notebooks and sketchbooks all over the house for journaling and keeping track of my creative ideas. Moleskin notebooks and their copycats are my favorite. They are thin and portable, easy to throw into a bag, and the blank covers leave endless options for customization.
I make this triangle quilted sketchbook cover with some Maker fabric that was sent to me as a Valentine’s gift from Art Gallery Fabrics. (That was a really happy surprise! Thank you!) The finished quilted sketchbook cover is just the right size for a large moleskin notebook (about 5″ x 8 1/4″). And if you sew or quilt regularly, you can probably use the same technique, but adjust the size of the cover to fit any notebook or sketchbook that you have.
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How to Make a Triangle Quilted Sketchbook Cover:
• a fat eighth bundle of fabric (I used Maker from Art Gallery Fabrics. To get a similar look, choose 10 different fabrics. Make sure that five of the fabrics are light, low-volume fabrics, and the other five are darker contrasting fabrics. I used another fabric for the lining, but there will be enough leftover from the fat eighths to use if you prefer.)
• 10″ x 12″ piece of lightweight quilt batting
• rotary cutter and self-healing mat
• Moleskine journal
• 100 half square triangles from 2 1/2″ squares (10 of each fabric)
• 1 rectangle 9 1/2″ x 11 1/2″ for lining
• 4 rectangles 9 1/2″ x 4″ for pocket flaps (I cut 2 from the lining fabric and 2 from a contrasting fabric.)
All seam allowances are 1/4″.
1. Cut out the triangles. These are half square triangles made from 2 1/2″ squares. You’ll need about 10 triangles from each of the 10 fabrics, for a total of 100 triangles. Skilled quilters probably have more efficient methods for cutting these quickly. I started by cutting 2 1/2″ strips, then cutting at 2 1/2″ intervals across the strips to form the squares. Then I cut the squares from corner to corner.
2. Arrange the triangles as you like them. I arranged mine so that each square had a colored fabric and a light fabric. And you can see that the colored fabrics alternate in a pattern along the diagonal lines.
3. Sew each of the triangles to its pair, forming 50 squares. (After I took the photo below, I added another vertical column of squares.)
4. Sew the squares together to form diagonal strips.
5. Sew each of the strips together, matching the center square on each strip.
6. Layer the patchwork triangles over a piece of quilt batting that is roughly the same size. Quilt as desired. I stitched straight lines on either side of each diagonal seam. (The photo below is “upside-down ” in reference to the others.)
7. Center the lining piece (9 1/2″ x 11 1/2″) over the patchwork and trim the patchwork to the same size as the lining.
(optional) The maker fabric has some great creative words and phrases that you could stitch on to the cover. You could also cut out flowers or other motifs from your fabric and appliqué them on. I chose “make stuff” for the front of my cover.
8. Match two of the pocket flap pieces right sides together. Stitch along one of the long sides. Open and press. Fold them wrong sides together, and topstitch along the finished edge. Repeat for the other pocket flap pieces.
(optional) Add another little message to the inside pocket flap.
9. Place the pocket flaps on the lining, with the wrong sides of the pockets flaps to the right side of the lining. Baste the flaps at the top and bottom. Trim the extra off the edges if they don’t match exactly.
10. Place the quilted cover piece and the lining right sides together, with the pocket flaps in between. Stitch around the rectangle, leaving 3″ at the center of one side. Trim the corners and bulk at the seams. Turn the cover right side out and press.
11. Use a ladder stitch to hand stitch the opening closed. Topstitch around the entire cover as close to the edge as possible. Slip your notebook or sketchbook inside to finish it up.
I think this would be a really pretty gift for a creative friend!
What fabric do you want to use for your quilted notebook cover?
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