DIY Notebook Covers – Thank you gifts

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It’s that time of year in the UK – the end of the school academic year. The kids are filling up with goodwill and the pressure is on to come up with thank you gifts. This year I decided to revisit my blog post 10 Teacher Gifts for teachers, made with fabric, hunting through for a gender neutral, quick project!!

Thank you gifts - DIY notebook covers


I followed this tutorial from Stitch by Stitch. Having set up a mini production line I am pleased with the end results. This project is fab for using up fabric you already have.

You stitch the fabrics wrong side together, then turn right side out.

cover closure

I particularly like the idea of using bondaweb to glue the two edges together, rather than using slip stitch.

cover closure, bondaweb

This fits my remit re speed!!

Shirt notebook cover

I decided to raid the fabric stash for a former shirt to create a cover with a front pockets for the male teacher.

Thank you gifts - DIY notebook covers

Unfortunately I have miscounted and still have one to make!! I hope you have a creative week – I’m off to buy a notebook to cover!!




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  1. Jill Spain
    July 20, 2015 / 6:05 pm

    They are all lovely and ‘sew’ much nicer than the mugs everyone seems to buy for teachers. I particuarly like the shirt one – brilliant use of the pocket. Hope you have a good week.

    • Vicky
      July 22, 2015 / 6:52 am

      Thanks Jill, shirts are fab for refashioning:)

  2. July 21, 2015 / 6:23 am

    Love journals, notebooks you name it and these look so pretty

    • Vicky
      July 22, 2015 / 6:53 am

      The joys of different languages – I found myself using Americanism’s yesterday outside of the blogging world!!!

  3. July 21, 2015 / 8:14 am

    They are really cute and such a great idea for a thoughtful gift too.

  4. Carrie B
    July 21, 2015 / 7:21 pm

    Love this idea!!! What a great idea for teacher gifts!!

    • Vicky
      July 22, 2015 / 6:51 am

      I think so:) My kids are not impressed though, tot advised me the gift was not from him as he had not made it!!

    • Vicky
      July 22, 2015 / 6:51 am

      How lovely they journal every night – we try and record the five best things of each day to be thankful for:)

    • Vicky
      July 27, 2015 / 9:16 pm

      Thanks Stephanie:)

  5. Sam
    January 12, 2016 / 2:33 pm

    These are perfect! People appreciate gifts you have made yourself much more. They have a feeling of added value. Im not great with diy so I purchase customized thank you gifts gifts. Which arnt actually that expensive if you purchase online.

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