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Stitching Santa Sewing Idea


Having concentrated on my knitting Stitching Santa swap, I’ve only just started to get on with my sewing swap. Knitting and crochet take longer, so I wanted to finish those handmade items before moving onto the sewn ones, hoping that these will be a lot quicker.

This one took about an hour and I thought I’d share it with you in case anyone fancies having a go themselves. I think it makes a great little gift – I know I’d be happy with it in my Stitching Santa parcel!

I had an A5 hardback notebook in the office, just lying around begging to be made beautiful and, luckily, I found the perfect fabric for a dressmaker in my collection.


I started by cutting a rectangle of wadding exactly the same size as the notebook.


Any PVA adhesive will do – just spread it on lightly all over the front surface of the cover.


Press the wadding on to the tacky glue, then turn it over and do the same with the spine and back cover.


Cut a rectangle of fabric about two inches wider all around than the notebook and spread glue directly onto the wrong side of the fabric.


Lay the notebook cover onto the glued surface of the fabric and press with your fingers. Turn the excess fabric inwards and stick it to the inside cover.


Work around the notebook applying more glue as necessary, mitring the corners as you go.


Use plenty of glue to cover the tiny bit of spine that needs covering. If you choose a PVA that dries clear, any surplus will be invisible when it dries.


Finally, cut a decorative piece of paper to act as an end paper, covering the raw edges of the fabric to achieve a smart finish.



And there you are – a padded notebook, ideal for any seamstress.


I hope my Stitching Santa recipient likes it – I’m tempted to make one for myself!


Author: sewchet

Sewing, Crochet and other loveliness!

32 thoughts on “Stitching Santa Sewing Idea

  1. I love it! So much easier than the sewn covers I’ve been eyeing up. I wonder if I’ve got stash enough to make a couple…

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  2. That’s amazing! I’ve just finished up my parcel, thanks for reminding me that I need to do a quick update!

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  3. Beautiful!! I love the fabric you used. Reminds me of covering our subject books in school.

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  4. Very nice! I may do this when(if???) my parents give me a ridiculous number of notebooks again for Christmas…

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  5. Very useful – and love the fabric of course.
    I will be packaging my parcels up this weekend (hopefully) with ‘do not open until 25th December’ notices on them.

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    • Woo hoo – exciting! I’m only just starting with my Sewing swap, so I’ve got some work to do yet. All fun stuff, though, so not a chore – just a good excuse to sit at the sewing machine for a bit longer:)

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  6. Love it! …. in case my swap partner is reading the comments!! Hint hint!! I’m trying to think of light weight things to make as I’m posting abroad to hope my recipient is hoping to get one in her parcel ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. What a lovely gift for your lady sewer, it’ll be a great place to jot down all her ideas for her projects and lovely and bright enough not to get lost in a crafter’s mayhem ๐Ÿ˜‰ lol
    I had just finished parcelling up my lady’s gift today, to send off early next week….when…a loud knock at our front door occurred!?!…OMGoodness I can’t tell you how excited I was ๐Ÿ˜€ WooHoo ๐Ÿ˜€ :-D…MY Stitching Santa gift has already arrived!!! Now I have to be patient for another 15 days…I can’t wait to open it ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  8. I sent my parcels off the other day, and the man at the post office said that the mail was flowing smoothly. Fingers crossed they arrive on time!

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  9. I’m glad to hear you’ve only just started your sewing Santa. I’m so behind this year. The money’s all been spent but I still have a few bits and bobs to make. I love this idea!

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  10. That looks lovely. I wouldn’t mind making one for myself!

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  11. Great gift idea, I wonder if I have time to make a couple for family……..already sent out my Stitching Santa parcel and according to the tracker it arrived at it’s secret destination today………I’m so glad I sent it out by a courier as I hear the Post Office are having a five day strike before Christmas.


  12. What a lovely idea


  13. This looks great and you make it look so easy!

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  16. This is darling! What an awesome idea. I love it!

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