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Composition Book Cover with Elastic Closure – Sewing Projects for Kids Series

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My kids use a lot of composition books.  They use them for piano lessons, quick notes, journals and homeschool assignments.  They are they perfect size for tucking into a bag or leaving around the house so you can quickly find something to write an idea down or whatever you’d like!

The problem with composition book covers, their covers aren’t that great looking.  An easy way to cover that up is with fabric.  What’s even better is that it becomes personalized!

The elastic closure is a simple addition to keep it closed and loose papers inside.

kids sewing series book cover tutorial

Materials Needed:

29″ X 10 3/4″ fabric- outside cover

elastic closure- 12″

composition book

book cover with closure

Composition Book Cover with Elastic Close Tutorial- Sewing Projects for Kids Series:

1)  Hems the short ends of the cover fabric

hem the edges

2)  Measure from center 6 1/2″ and mark on the side.  Repeat with other side

2 mark with pencils

3)  Measure again 8″ from one side for the elastic placement

4)  Line up the elastic and pin in place.

4 measure for elastic

5)  Stitch the edges down to secure

5 sew elastic on edges

6)  Fold the ends in, using the marks from step 2 as a guide

3 pin the edges

7)  Pin all the way around the outside of the cover

8)  Stitch along the top and bottom edge of the cover- make sure the hems stay flat and don’t pucker. Use more pins to secure if needed

7 sew the sides

9)  Turn right sides out and iron – the middle part of the folded pockets will automatically fold in

8 iron the cover

10)  Place your composition book inside.  If you’d like you can sew a finishing stitch along the whole outside.

inside the fabric book cover

composition book cover tutorial kids sewing project

This is part of the Sewing Projects for Kids series.  Watch for more sewing tutorials just for kids to sew!

If you are ready to sew right are a few kids sewing projects here or projects you can make for camp outs and hikes. or more kids summer sewing here!

For a fun composition book cover- here is one using an orphan quilt block, and vinyl fabric with fun appliques.

4 thoughts on “Composition Book Cover with Elastic Closure – Sewing Projects for Kids Series

  1. Anne

    Perfect for back to school! They always put the composition books on sale this time of year. I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for latter today that links to your tutorial: –Anne

  2. Brenda Ackerman

    While I do not need to buy back to school supplies and such any further, many family members use these notebooks. Covering them with a fabric and elastic is a fabulous project I will be making after this great tutorial! Thank you so much and have a great day!

  3. Becky

    It is a great way to use something for yourself…and make it totally cuter! Would love to see it when you are finished. Please share!

  4. Becky

    anne- thank you !

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