School is in the air…

While I don’t necessarily feel like summer is over yet, I am seeing back-to-school sales and posts everywhere. As a kid, I can remember a sense of dread and excitement with every new school year. While graduate school is a different cup of tea (in comparison to youngsters going back to school), I still get a little excited & find myself wanting to buy random school supplies.  Browsing around some of my favorite various websites I discovered a few crafting ideas.  Am I too old to put a felt cover over my accounting books?


Materials:

Felt

Ruler

Scissors

Pins

Embroidery thread and needle

Button (optional)

Self-adhesive Velcro dot (optional)

Instructions:

To make a cover, open your chosen book and measure the width and height. Add one inch to each measurement and cut out a piece of felt with those dimensions. For the inside flaps, cut two additional pieces of felt the same height as the main piece and two-thirds the width of the closed book’s front cover.
Lay an inside flap on top of each end of the main piece and pin the flaps and the main piece together. With embroidery thread, sew a running stitch about 1/4 inch to 3/8 inch from the edge around the entire border.
If you like, add one of these extras: 

Notebook pocket: Before attaching the inside flaps, cut a piece of felt that’s 1 1/2 inches wider and 1/2 inch shorter than your notepad. Sew it in the center of what will be the front cover of the book. 

Faux button closure: Before attaching the inside flaps, cut a strap that’s 1 1/2 inches wide and as long as the width of an inside flap. Sandwich the strap between the back flap and the cover and pin it in place, then sew around the entire edge of the cover, as noted above. With scissors, round the end of the strap and sew on a button. Affix a self-adhesive Velcro dot to the strap and the front of the cover. 

Penholder: After the cover is finished and on the book, cut a 1 3/4-inch square out of felt. With the book cIosed, lay the square over a pen on the book’s spine and pin it in place. Take the cover off the book, then sew on the square.


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