Tutorial: Sketchbook Slipcover

March 31, 2011
 Welcome to Artspark’s third day of the Spring Tutorial Fling!

I love working with fabric and I love sketching. My sketchbooks want to be pretty on the outside – even if they are a mess on the inside.
If you’d like to make a sketchbook slipcover you’ll need just enough fabric to wrap your book like a gift (mine is quilted to batting although that is not required.) You’ll also need inside fabric that’s just a little longer than the fabric you’ll use for the outside of the slipcover.

And because I had just enough fabric left over I made a little pencil case. Melanie Testa has a tutorial here so you can make one of those too if you wish.

Make sure you don’t miss the following tutorials from other Artspark members!
Spring wreath: Alisa Burke

Making a Faced Binding: Judy Coates Perez

Journal mapping: Jill Berry


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    Paula K. Cravens
    December 3, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Thanks for a great tutorial. I can hardly wait to make some of these.

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    October 18, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Thank you for ALL your great tutorials!!!

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    August 14, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    What a great tutorial.This is a much faster and easier method than the one I am using. Thanks!!

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    Virginia Greaves
    August 14, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Really cool. Your method is easier than how I made my last one.

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    August 12, 2011 at 9:17 am


    Many thanks for this tutorial, been thinking of a cover for my journal, didn't know it was so easy.

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    May 3, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    After watching your method I realize that I am making them way to difficult. Not necessary now, Lyric. I'm off to the other room and whip up a couple of covers.
    Thanks for making my life easier.

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    April 10, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Brilliant! Thank you for sharing this super idea! I will use it to cover my seminary student's journals! (Composition book-size)

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    April 2, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Great tutorial! I love seeing different ways to make journal/sketchbook covers. Yours looks so easy/quick to make. Thanks for sharing.

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    April 2, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    What a great video. I'm made many, many book covers but never done this easily. I've loved creating the cover but hated the sewing the flaps and all. Your method makes that part a breeze. Thank you again.

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    April 2, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Very cool — thanks for making it so easy and putting it on video!

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    March 31, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Thank you, Lyric! Great tutorial! I love how easy you make it. I will be making covers for my sketchbooks this weekend!

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    March 31, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    I made these for gifts after I watched your dvd (which is excellent by the way). I love your screen fabric. Thank you so much for the tutorial!

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    March 31, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Great tutorial! Who knew it would be so easy. I know I will have to make a few of these for Christmas gifts. Thank you, thank you!

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    March 31, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Judy – lay out your fabric and lay your book on it – roll it over – and there you go. You can leave a little ease.. but I don't worry about it.

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    Judy Warner
    March 31, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Lyric, I have made many book covers but never quite like this. So easy! Thanks for sharing.

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    Jill Berry
    March 31, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    That was delightful. I actually might have to get out my sewing machine.
    Thank you Lyric, you made that look as simple as possible.

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    March 31, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Wow! I'm a sewing "newbie" and excited for some projects to try, and I just might be able to handle this one. Thanks for making it so clear and "do-able"!

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    Jane LaFazio
    March 31, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    I love this!! I first saw it on your dvd, and I've done it a couple of times. so easy! thanks Lyric!

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    Judith Glover
    March 31, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Lyric that looks so easy! I am inspired to make a cover for my 11.5 X 14 sketchbook that I need for an upcoming class. Question: do I need to create extra ease for a spiral binding and how much ease would that be?

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    March 31, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    One of the best tutorials I have ever seen… thank you. going to make a cover soon.

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    March 31, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial. I did not know it was so easy to make a book-cover!

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