I was lucky enough to get a Chrome notebook for my birthday in April. It’s the perfect size for taking with me to do my writing when we go out for coffee, or on longer trips further afield. However, I was conscious that it didn’t have a case and worried about damaging it. The only thing to do was to make a case myself!
A couple of years ago I’d bought a duvet set in a charity shop only to discover it was a single and not a double when I got it home! As a result it’s sat in the cupboard upstairs since then, but I really loved the colour and the pattern so didn’t want to part with it. The pillowcase turned out to be the perfect size for my notebook case!
The case is basically a sleeve with a velcro flap to secure it. You can find the full tutorial here, but I’ll take you through the various stages involved so you can see what I did.
To begin with you need to measure the height and width of your notebook adding an extra 1.5 inches to both measurements to allow a little wiggle room. You also need to know the depth of your notebook.
Cut out 2 identical fabric pieces, one for the front and one for the back, plus 2 pieces the same size again which will be for your lining. (4 pieces the same size – 2 for the outer cover and 2 for the lining).
You need to pad the cover which requires some kind of quilting batting. The batting I had in my stash wasn’t adhesive so I had to stitch some freestyle quilting stitches to secure the exterior pieces to the batting. I just used one of the quilting stitches that was available on my machine to do this.
Now you’ve got the front and the back pieces fixed to the batting you can trim off the extra batting and it’s time to focus on the flap. You’ll need to attach the front of the flap to a piece of batting and work some quilting stitches on it just like you did with the main cover, and add one half of a strip of velcro onto the back portion of the flap about 1.5 inches down from the top.
Put both pieces of the flap together, right sides facing, and sew up one long side, along the top edge (where the velcro is) then down the other long side leaving the bottom open.
Trim the seam allowances, snip the corners and turn the flap back to the right side.
Now you can pin the flap to the back panel of the cover and attach the second half of the velcro to the front so that both pieces will line up.
Next place the front and back of the cover together with right sides facing and sew up both long sides leaving the top and bottom open.
Repeat this with the lining. Slide the padded cover inside the lining so that the right sides are together. Sew across the top joining the lining to the padded cover and through the flap too.
Turn the cover right side out and top stitch all the way around the top.
Turn the cover back inside out again and hem the bottom. Turn back the right way and there you have it – one padded notebook cover ready for action!