Design Team Wednesday~Notebook Folder Tutorial

Posted by administrator on Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Hi there, I am Becky from Ucreate .  I am so excited to be a part of the Riley Blake Design Team. 
This year I look forward to sharing some great tutorials with you using the amazing fabric of Riley Blake Designs .  This month I chose some fabric from the Dainty Blossoms fabric line.  Posy Blue and Blooms Pink to be exact!  With that glorious fabric I have created a NOTEBOOK FOLDER TUTORIAL just for you wonderful Riley Blake Blog readers.  Enjoy!
  • 2 fat quarters
  • 1/4 yd. fusible interfacing
  • 1/4 yd. thin batting
  • 1 Riley Blake 2” button
  • Download and print pattern
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • needle and thread (for button)
First off, iron those fat quarters really well before you start cutting. 
Download the PDF pattern here .  Print and cut the pattern and cut the fabric according to the specifications on the pattern pieces.  If you have questions, please feel free to email me at
Let the cutting begin.
  • 2 outer panel pieces (Posy Blue fabric), 2 fusible interfacing, 2 pieces of batting: 10 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches
  • 2 inner panel pieces (Blooms Pink fabric), 2 fusible interfacing: 10 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches 
  • 2 slanted pocket pieces (Posy Blue), 2 fusible interfacing cut according to pattern specifics.
  • 2 notebook pocket pieces (Posy Blue), 2 fusible interfacing: 9 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches
  • 2 button strap pieces (Posy Blue), 2 fusible interfacing: 2 3/4 x 6 1/4 inches
  • 2 pen/card pocket pieces (Blooms Pink), 2 fusible interfacing: 3 x 6 1/4 inches
I put my cut fabric into two piles:
  1. outer and inner panels, interfacing and batting.
  2. slanted pocket, notebook pocket, pen/card pocket, button strap along with interfacing that goes with each piece.
Time to get sewing!  This is my favorite part.
Iron all the interfacing to the appropriate fabric pieces.
  1. Taking your 2 outer panels, place right sides together then sandwich them in between the batting.  Line up the corners and pin one of the long sides (10 1/4 inch side). 
  2. Sew 1/2" seam (everything except the panels will be a 1/4 inch seam)
  3. Cut off the excess batting. 
  4. Cut the batting to the threads.  This helps the Notebook Folder lay flat and not be so bulky when it’s finished.  It also makes it easier to sew.
  1. Press seam open on the back
  2. Flip over and press seam flat on the front.  Lay that aside for now.
With right sides together sew three sides of the button strap fabric (1/4 inches seam) leaving one of the 2 3/4 inch edges open in order to flip right side out.  Notebook Folder-003
  1. Clip the corners.  Flip right side out and press flat.
  2. Now top stitch (1/8 inch stitch) around those same three edges.
  3. Create the button hole according to the guideline on the pattern.  (Use the button hole foot that came with your machine or just zigzag stitch up and down each side and take your seam ripper to the middle to create the cut between the two zigzag stitches)
Time to hand sew your 2” Riley Blake Designs button to one of the outer panels according to the guide on the pattern.  (This panel will be the front of your completed Notebook Folder).  To secure my button I used white DMC floss and just sewed it on.  {Fig. E #1}
Notebook Folder-004 Lay your ruler on the back panel starting at the raw edge.  Then lay your button strap on the back panel (across from the button) with the finished edge hitting the 5 1/2 inch mark. {Fig. E #2} Put the outer panels aside and lets work on the inside. INSIDE PANELS
Notebook Folder-005
  1. Place the Pen/Card holder fabric right sides together.
  2. Sew around all but one edge 1/4” seam. (Like the button strap)
  3. Turn right side out and iron flat.
  4. Turn your raw edge under a 1/4” and iron flat…we will sew this such later.
  5. Top stitch on of the long edges and set aside.
  1. With right sides together, sew only the slant of the slanted pocket using a 1/4” seam.
  2. Turn right sides out and press the seam nice and flat.
  3. Top stitch the slant.
  1. Place the pen/card holder about 1 1/2 inches from the bottom of the slanted pocket. (Make sure the part you have already top stitch is at the top.) Pin it in place and top stitch (1/8 stitch) the sides and bottom.  Place a pin where you need to sew in order to make a pen pocket.  (There is a guideline on the printed pattern.)
  2. Sew a straight line making sure to back stitch at the beginning and the end.  Viola! Pen pocket is now created!
Notebook Folder-007
  1. Place finished slanted pocket on one of the inner panels making sure to match the bottom corner and sides together.
  2. Pin in place along the slant and set aside.
  1. With right sides together, sew the top of the notebook pocket using a 1/4” seam. 
  2. Flip right sides out and iron the seam flat.
  3. Top stitch and pin to your other inner panel.
Sewing the INSIDE PANELS TOGETHER Notebook Folder-009
  1. Now you have the two inner panels done and ready to sew together.
  2. Place right sides together, line up the edges.
  3. Pin the inside edge and sew 1/2” seam
Notebook Folder-009
  1. Now that the two sides are sewn, iron flat.
  2. Make sure to iron the back and press the seams open.
SEWING IT ALL TOGETHER Notebook Folder-010
Grab the completed outer and inner panels and put them right sides together.
Pin all the way around leaving one side open to turn everything right side out.  I find it best to leave the top of the notebook pocket open; there is less bulk there.  {Fig. M: 1 & 2 & 3} Using a 1/2” seam sew all the way around (except for your open end) making sure to back stitch at the beginning and the end. Notebook Folder-011
  1. See these corners?
  2. Clip the corners diagonal.
  3. Cut the batting to the stitches (like before).
Notebook Folder-011
  1. Turn the whole thing right side out.  This process look like a hot mess, huh? 
  2. Should look like this. {Fig. O, #2}  Make sure to push the corners out to create a point. 
  1. Iron the whole thing flat and pretty.
  2. Turn the open edges in 1/2” and iron flat…
  3. Like this. {see FIG. P, #3}  ALMOST DONE!!
Notebook Folder-013
  1. Top stitch 1/8” all the way around.
  2. Close up of top stitched corner.
  3. Top stitch on either side of the spine.  Close the finished Notebook Folder and iron the seam shut a bit.
Insert your favorite notebook and pen and whatever else makes you happy…and you’re done!!

Notebook Folder-014 Let me know if you have any questions and I will be happy to help you:


Thank you Becky ... We love it!

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Wouldn't this be a great gift for a teacher? And so easy to make!

If you happen to make one, don't forget to share it with us on our Facebook page . We'd love to add it to one of our Pinterest boards. 

Stay tuned next Wednesday for another great tutorial from our

Riley Blake Project Design Team. 

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  1. Love the tutorial! What weight fusible interfacing did you use?
    by Laura
    April 06th, 2012 at 6:08 a.m.
  2. Very pretty - and very timely - I've just purchased 20 FQ's at a Toonie Tuesday sale, so I'm locked and loaded and ready for action, lol. How big is the finished cover, and how big is the notebook?
    by Sandra :)
    February 27th, 2014 at 6:14 a.m.
  3. love it, Very usefull.
    by zainon
    May 11th, 2014 at 10:18 p.m.
  4. What size notebook did you use?
    by Daisy
    February 04th, 2015 at 5:18 p.m.
  5. What size notebook fits this, please? Anybody out there?
    by Kat
    March 20th, 2016 at 12:07 a.m.

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