How to Make a Sketchbook Cover: A Beginner’s Guide

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You might carry your sketchbook everywhere with you. It allows you to doodle or sketch anything you see and also gives you a break when you have some downtime. Maybe you like to take it with you to sketch attractive landscapes.

Whatever the reason a cover that is as unique as you and your sketches will be your best bet. The good thing is that you can create one as long as you know how to make a sketchbook cover. As such, we are going to provide a step-by-step guide for beginners.

How to Make a Sketchbook Cover

Materials Needed

You’ll need some materials in order to make your own sketchbook cover. To start, it's easiest if you have access to a sewing machine. You won’t likely want to sew by hand for this project.

You should also have the following materials ready to go:

  • A Fabric of Your Choosing

You want to have two pieces with a size of 21” by 12”. These pieces will be used to cover both sides of the cover. Thus, keep that in mind when choosing your fabric color and design.

Next, you want two pieces that are 21”x8". These pieces will be used for the pocket on the interior of the cover. Finally, you want two more pieces for the ties. These pieces should measure 10"x3".

The fabric you use will give your sketchbook cover its own uniqueness and originality. Choose something that suits your personality. This is where you can make the cover different from any others you might see, and it is what makes this a do-it-yourself project.

Of course, you could just buy a cover but there is no fun in that. By choosing your own fabric, you can make the cover all your own.

  • Others

Other materials you should have on hand include pins, an ironing board, an iron, thread that complements the fabric you’ve chosen, and two pieces of fusible interfacing. The pieces should measure 21” by 12”.


Now that you have the materials ready to go, you can get started on how to make a sketchbook cover. This tutorial is for beginners, so even if you are new to sewing or crafting in general, you should be able to easily follow along.

Once you are done, you will find you have made yourself a beautiful, one-of-a-kind sketchbook cover that you can keep for years to come.

This cover is created to also have places for you to store your drawing utensils. Put charcoal in the pockets you’ll create or just store your regular pencils and colored pencils. You can decide how big or small to make those areas depending on what you plan to store with your book.


Follow these steps to create your very own sketchbook cover:

  1. Iron the interfacing onto the non-printed side of the inside piece of fabric. The non-printed side of the fabric can also be referred to as the wrong side. Do the same for the piece of fabric that will go on the outside. Make sure that the interface is completely secure to both fabric pieces, as this will prevent it from separating once it's used.
  2. Sew a straight seam around the two non-printed sides of the pocket fabric. You want to do this on the shorter sides and along the bottom.
  3. Turn the fabric the right way now. Iron out the edges to make sure they are smooth.
  4. Take the sides of the pocket top and fold them in before ironing them down. These should measure about one-half of an inch.
  5. Take the open folded sides and sew them together.
  6. Put the pocket you’ve created on top of the inside piece. You want to place it right in the middle.
  7. Put all of your pens, pencils and other drawing utensils inside. Also, place your sketchbook inside. Arrange your materials and book how you will want them to be stored.


Now, pin down the areas you want to sew so you will have a guide. You can do this by pinning all around the items you’ve put inside.

Remember that you can divide the pocket however you’d like. Hence, make sure you have sufficient room for all of your supplies in the way you want them organized.

  1. Sew where you have pinned.
  2. Sew down the bottom and sides of the pocket.
  3. Take one of the ties and fold it in half, lengthwise. Make sure the wrong or non-printed side is facing inward.
  4. Sew the full length of the tie.
  5. Turn it the right side out. You can do this by pushing one end all the way through until it comes out on the other end. You can also use one of your utensils to push it through until it makes its way out of the other side.
  6. Take the tie and iron it. Pay attention to the placement of the seam. You want it to be right down the middle.
  7. Take the tie and fold one of its ends in a one-fourth inch section. Then, iron that end.
  8. Repeat the steps pertaining to the tie. Once that is done, topstitch all along the edges of both of the ties.
  9. Take the tie’s end which still has a raw edge and pin it. Do the same for the other side. Put the outside piece of the fabric on the top with the printed side facing downward.
  10. Sew the length of the two sides as well as the case’s top. Then, turn the case out so that the printed side is showing.
  11. Take the open edges of the outside and inside fabrics and fold them in approximately one-half of an inch. Iron them down and then sew it so it is permanently closed.

Now, take a step back and admire your work. You’ve created your very own sketchbook cover. Use it to carry not only your sketch pad but all of the tools you use in your drawing.

Final Words

You could easily buy a sketchbook cover for your sketch pad, but where is the fun in that? There is nothing unique about buying off the shelves, especially when making something with your own two hands is easy enough.

The drawings inside your pad are unique and special, so why not create a cover that is just as special? Follow our guide today and you can have your own cover, made by you to enjoy and show off.

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