1/2″ Seam Allowance unless otherwise stated in instructions.
Step 1- You will need one of those cheap 1″ binders. This one is a nasty shade of blue that refused to take a good photograph! When opened flat, it will measure about 12″ x 22″
Step 2- Pick out 8 coordinating Layer Cake pieces for this project.
(put the rest of them away until you are finished—to avoid confusion..believe me.)
Select three to become the outside cover, and cut them in half. Set them aside for a minute.
Step 3- Get another of your Layer Cake pieces to use for the spine of the Binder. Cut it into 2 pieces that are 4″ x 6 1/2″. Sew them, RST, at one end. Press seam flat.
Step 4- Get the Front and Back cuts, and sew them together as pictured below. After you have pressed the seams, sew the spine pieces in the center.
Step 5– We are going to make the inside flaps out of the remaining 4 pieces. Take one of the layer cake pieces and cut two 3″ x 10″ pieces. Sew these to the tops of 2 Layer Cake pieces.
Step 6- Choose one of these inside flap pieces to be on the left flap. (The flap that is inside the front cover.) We are going to make a pocket out of the last Layer Cake piece by folding it in half, and pressing it on the fold. Place the raw edges along the bottom.
Step 7- Fold the right edge, of this whole flap piece, under 1/2″ and press. Take the other flap piece, and fold the left edge under 1/2″ and press.
Step 8- Top stitch down these folded edges at 1/8″ and 1/4″. I sewed a pencil/scissors section into the pocket. You can sew as many sections as you need. Step 9– Lay the outside piece on top of your muslin, and cut it to size.
Step 10- Make a sandwich. Lay the Outside face up, with the flap pieces face down and seams towards the center.
Step 11- Lay the Moda Muslin on top of it all, and sew around the edges with a
1/4″ seam allowance.
Leave a 3″ opening, at the spine fabric, for turning right side out.
Step 12- Clip the corners close to the stitching line, and turn right side out. Press the opening in 1/4″ so that it matches the rest of your seam line. Edge Stitch it closed.
Step 13– Put the cover on your ugly….uninspiring binder.
You will have to bend your binder backwards to get it on both sides.
Step 14– Ta-Dah!!! Look how cute it is! If it is too big, you can top stitch the edges to make it tighter. ( If it is too small….uhhhhh….cram it in there really hard!)
You can get 5 binder covers out of a Layer Cake.
I think these would be great for your Inspiration Journals, Recipe Books, Scrap Books, etc.