How To Make a Quilted Composition Notebook Cover

Quilted covers express creativity in the various designs used to cover a humble composition notebook

UDATED Feb 2023

Some things improve with age, other things have a way of changing. Through the years my website, blog, and tutorials have been rearranged, changed, updated, moved…you name it. To make navigation better please use the buttons below to access the YouTube Tutorial and free PDF file for making The Quilt Rambler’s Quilted Notebook Cover.

Please be kind and recognize this was our first attempt at filming a tutorial – we’d like to think that with time we are improving in our skills. Hope you enjoy making these covers!

Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler 2023

Take ordinary composition notebooks and cover with colorful quilted fabric for a fun fashion statement in organization or journaling
Make one, or two, or a few! Quilted Composition Notebook Covers are addictive

As part of the Island Batik Ambassador program, I was challenged in March to make a mini quilt using paper piecing or foundation piecing. I got a little carried away and turned my paper pieced block into a quilted cover for a composition notebook and haven’t looked back since! They are multiplying like rabbits over here in The Quilt Rambler studio so I decided to share the fun by offering a tutorial/workshop on how you can make your own!

Tutorial shows how to cover a composition notebook with quilted fabric
Turn a simple composition notebook into a fun usable fashion statement


Step One: View the YouTube Video

The project requires basic sewing knowledge including knowledge of quilting tools such as a rotary cutter, ruler, and mat and the use of a sewing machine. A confident beginner/intermediate sewer should find the instructions in the workshop clear to follow.

Click here to watch on YouTube.

Making quilted composition notebook covers is addicting - we bet you can't make just one!
View the complete tutorial on The Quilt Rambler YouTube channel










Step Two: Download the PDF Instructions

Quilted covers include a vinyl zippered pocket for pens and a button closure
There is a zippered pen/pencil pocket on the back flap of the notebook cover

Because I believe that “paper never forgets” I’ve created a guide to go along with the YouTube. To better assist you a time stamp is referenced for each section. This is in the event you want to fast forward to review certain areas of instructions.

Supplies are reviewed on the YouTube as well as listed in the PDF.

Click here for the PDF.

Step Three: Enjoy and Share

Simple or complex, each quilted cover is uniquely yours
Quilted Covers on the Composition Notebooks are as unique as the imagination of the maker

It’s my hope that you will enjoy the video and printed instructions to make several of these covers – I think they make great gifts! For yourself or others! Personally, I have three that I am actively using. One has my “to do list” and calendar, one has a graph paper composition notebook that I use to draw out quilt designs before I head over to EQ7, and one is being filled with tutorial ideas!

Please do share this blog post, PDF pattern, and YouTube reference with your friends. It’s all free – just remember to give credit where credit is due.

scrap pieced notebook cover in bright tropical Island Batik fabrics
Notebook made from fabric scraps

All the quilted samples were designed and pieced by myself, Karen Overton, using Island Batik fabrics, Superior Threads, and Aurifl Threads, with zippers By Annie. The Island Batik fabrics were purchased or gleaned from my personal stash with the exception of one precut package of Sweet Nectar from my Island Batik Ambassador project kit.




9 thoughts on “How To Make a Quilted Composition Notebook Cover

  1. Nadine Diciolla says:

    I absolutely love your tutorial on the composition notebook cover, very thorough. I wanted to make the same cover but for my calendar planner, but it is a different size than the notebook. How Can I apply this pattern for a different size?
    Thank You

    • thequiltrambler says:

      Nadine – simply measure your planner and add enough inches for the wrap around, zippered pocket and seam allowances. Made a pattern from foundation fabric such as muslin and test it. I always make it “too big” and then trim down ????. Enjoy the process and be sure to send me a photo !

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    • Karen E Overton says:

      Websites get updated and things change. Please go to my home page and click on the Digital PDF tab to be directed to the download for this design and others. Sorry for the inconvenience- hope you enjoy making this! Karen

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