2 Ways to Make an Easy No-Sew Notebook Cover

JUL 9, 2021 updated Sep 8, 2021

On the hunt for an easy and fun family craft that allows each member to express their unique personality? The whole gang can customize their own notebook cover—no sewing experience necessary—making this is a great activity for all ages! Liven up those boring blank journals with the perfect pattern from the
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Spoonflower Marketing Team member Kristina with her niece holding a notebook covered with pink and blue bug fabric

These small journals are perfect for taking notes at school or virtual meetings. They are also a great way for families to document their discoveries on road trips, hikes in the woods or in your own backyard. Don’t forget to make a few extras for teachers, neighbors and other friends. They make great one-of-a-kind gifts!

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Materials List

  • 1 fat quarter of cotton fabric
  • Mod Podge®
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Tailor's chalk, fabric pencil or other marking tool
  • Wax paper
  • Permanent markers
  • Small notebook
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We recommend using Spoonflower’s Cotton Poplin or Cotton Lawn. This is a great project to use Fill-A-Yard to select multiple pattern designs on one yard of fabric!

A note about notebooks:

We used a soft covered journal with a sewn binding that measures 3.5” x 5.5” (9 x 14 cm).


Keep reading to find out how you could also do this no-sew project with a swatch of our Peel and Stick Removable Wallpaper!

Supplies for the notebook cover spread out on a table

Steps to Make a No-Sew Notebook Cover

Measure and cut your fabric

Take your fabric and place it pattern-down on your table. Then, place your notebook on top of the fabric so that the front and back cover are facing down.

Measure and mark a 1/4″ margin (.6 cm) all the way around your notebook. Then trace a second line along the outer edges of your notebook. This smaller rectangle will act as your guide when you are ready to secure the fabric to the book. Cut along the outermost (larger) rectangle, then set the fabric aside for now.

Laying the notebook on top of the fabric to find the right sized piece to cut
Tracing around the notebook onto the fabric

Secure the fabric to the cover of your notebook.

Flip your notebook over and lay it flat so that the front and back cover are facing up. Slip a piece of wax paper behind each side of the cover to protect the inner pages. Coat both sides generously with Mod Podge®.

Moving quickly, flip your notebook over again and place it on top of your fabric, paying special attention to the smaller rectangle “guide” you traced earlier. Press well. Give this a few minutes to dry.

Painting Mod Podge glue onto the back of the notebook
Pressing the pre-glued notebook onto the fabric

Prep the edges of your fabric.

Once the fabric is dry, use your scissors to make two small slits centered along the top and bottom of the book. We’ll glue these pieces on the inside cover on either side of the binding.

Scissors cutting small slits into the notebook fabric edges

One section at a time, secure the fabric to the inside cover of your notebook.

Take the top left corner of the fabric and, securing it with craft glue, fold it down on the inside cover.

Repeat on the remaining 3 corners of the fabric.

Now, beginning at the top, fold the 1/2” (1.3 cm) strip of fabric down towards the inside cover of the book and secure with craft glue. Continue this all the way around the front cover, taking small sections at a time.

Repeat on the back cover.

Glueing the edges of the fabric
Folding the pre-glued corners down
Folding the pre-glued edges of the fabric over the notebook

Once the craft glue has dried, your notebook is ready to use!

Kristina's niece holding up the final notebook cover, it is pink and has blue bugs
Stack of colorful finished notebook covers

Try it with Peel and Stick Wallpaper

As an alternative to fabric, you can order a swatch of our Peel and Stick Wallpaper and repeat the same process–however, in this instance, you won’t need any Mod Podge® or glue! Simply cut the wallpaper down to size and stick it on the notebook. Order a black and white line art design and color it in yourself with permanent markers to customize your notebook! Check out some of our best-selling coloring book designs.

Don’t miss one of our other favorite Peel and Stick swatch projects – a custom laptop skin for just $5!

Supplies and finished notebook covers

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  • This is great inspiration. We will be doing several fun covers for Christmas gifts. Thank you!

    (Actually, you have so much more inspiration for us – we just need more time.)


    love it and posted on my Facebook site…Great nana project for kids going back to school….and they can make these and give as Christmas gifts.

  • Adrian Burrell

    How about a removable, reusable cover to use for cover to cover for like notebooks? It would also pretty up that inside edge of the flap.

    • That’s a fun sewn option for a notebook cover! Thanks for sharing.