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Mini Oil Cloth Notebook Covers

Posted by  ·  December 23, 2010  ·  Last Updated: December 23, 2010

Here is a super simple quick and easy useful gift.  These little notebooks made perfect party favors for my daughter’s party!

All you need is

one piece of oil cloth 5″ x 8″ (outside)

a coordinating 5″ x 8″ piece (lining)

2 pieces 2 1/2″ X 5″ for inside pockets for the notebook cover to slip in

one 1 1/2″ X 3″ piece for the pencil pocket on the front

Sew pocket on front. Place it just shy of 3/4″ up from the bottom edge and over just over an 1 1/2″ from the side edge. Just eyeball where it works for you.

Sandwich outside piece right side face down, then lining face up, and pocket pieces on each end. Fasten with mini clothespins.

Sew all the way around the edge, removing clips as you sew along.  I sew on the top side.

The inside looks like this.

Get a mini composition notebook (found at Wal-Mart) and a mini pencil. I found my pencils at the dollar store. A golf pencil would work also.

Slip notebook into cover.

There you have one cute little cover!

So easy to whip up a bunch in no time!

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  1. Tina
    Friday, November 1st, 2013
    These are so fabulous and will be a perfect addition to your 'Simple Reversible Tote Bag" that I'm making for my grandson's teacher for Christmas!

    I have a question:
    Can I use regular fabric and/or laminated fabric instead of oilcloth?
    If I use regular fabric, would I need to add some iron-on Pelon to make it stiffer?

    Thanks! Can't wait to make these!! :)
  2. Tuesday, April 9th, 2013
    These are really adorable. I have made some from cotton fabric for the full size composition books but the using oil cloth is a fabulous idea it can be wiped off and you don't have to finish the edges. This is going to make a great project for my 4-H kids. Thanks so much for sharing.
  3. Thursday, January 3rd, 2013
    Where do you buy oilcloth?
  4. Debra Kapellakis
    Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
  5. Friday, February 17th, 2012
    Thanks for sharing. I have a more complicated pattern to make these, but I love the simplicity of this one and will make a few, today!
    Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
    Desejo receber novidades no meu e-mail.Obrigada.
  7. Lara
    Friday, September 23rd, 2011
    This is soooo cute!!! I m soooo gonna make that! I luv it!
  8. Mari Anne
    Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
    This is so very cute!!
  9. Thursday, June 16th, 2011
    Very cute! They look so bright and cheerful. I will put a link to your tutorial on my site if you don't mind.
  10. Susan
    Friday, February 11th, 2011
    These really look fun. Hope I can find a small amount of different oil cloths
  11. Serena
    Friday, January 7th, 2011
    Thanks for the tutorials. I find so many great ideas on your site.
  12. Saturday, January 1st, 2011
    super cute & wonderful...thanks for tutorial...love the colors
  13. Friday, December 31st, 2010
    oh, I love this! Now, to find some oil cloth......
  14. Sunday, December 26th, 2010
    Colorful, cute and practical. I love it.
  15. Sunday, December 26th, 2010
    Well... I barely sew, but this is simple enough even for me! I've never used oilcloth, but this is a great use for it - thanks!
  16. Jane T in NW Louisiana
    Sunday, December 26th, 2010
    Where can you find cute oil cloth and in small pieces? In the city I have to shop in all they have are solids and you have to buy a huge, long piece. This is such a cute idea.
  17. Saturday, December 25th, 2010
    What a cute idea! I love oilcloth and these are so easy to make. Thanks!
  18. Nadia
    Saturday, December 25th, 2010
    I love it!
    Thanks for sharing.
  19. Friday, December 24th, 2010
    I am in love with these! I love oilcloth fabrics!

  20. Thursday, December 23rd, 2010
    so good! love it. One day I'll buy some oilcloth.
  21. DogpackMOMMA
    Thursday, December 23rd, 2010
    WOW - your site is just stuffed with so much inspiration! Thanks & Happy Trails!
  22. Thursday, December 23rd, 2010
    These are really darling! What kind of needle do you use for oil cloth?
    • Thursday, December 30th, 2010
      I use a regular sewing needle. If you have problems with the oil cloth not sewing nicely (sometimes it sticks to the presser foot), try placing masking tape on the bottom of your presser foot to help it glide through.
  23. Thursday, December 23rd, 2010
    This is a neat idea, I have really enjoyed looking around your blog today
  24. Thursday, December 23rd, 2010
    so does it need to be oilcloth or do you think a thick cotton or work ok too? thanks! so so cute!
  25. Thursday, December 23rd, 2010
    Oh Cindy....oilcloth makes my heart skip a beat! So cute!!!
  26. Thursday, December 23rd, 2010
    WOW! Those are really cute! I want a sewing machine SO bad. I'm adding this to my "sewing" favorites folder!! Thanks for sharing!