|That's the back, by the way!|
What you need:
A piece of fabric for the cover.
A piece of fabric for the lining.
Some iron on interfacing.
A fair handful of A4 paper.
Firstly, make your pages. take four sheets of paper, fold in half and tear along the fold, then fold in half again and sharpen the edge with a ruler, flute cleaning rod..whatever you have to hand! You want to make five of these paper booklets.
While we're on a bookmaking/writing theme I decided to tart up a couple of my binders which had suffered at the hands of a three year old with a ball pen. Having half a metre of denim floating around this seemed to fill the purpose. Denim is my new material of choice in case you hadn't gathered, especially now I have a machine which isn't scared of the prospect! And my embroidery machine seems to be very favourable towards it too.
So to make a binder cover.. open out your binder and place it on the back of the material and drawer around it, and measure out about six inches or so from each side edge to make the flaps. Cut out adding a half inch or so extra as a seam allowance (I apologise for switching between metric and imperial in this post!)
Hem the edges of the flaps then fold them inwards, right sides facing, using the line you drew around the binder as your guide. Pin in place, then sew in place along the line. Clip the corners, then turn the right way out and press. This just leaves you with a raw edge along the centre of the top and the bottom. Now there will be tidier ways to do this I'm sure, but its not exactly an item of heavy wear, so all I did was to snip down the edge of the flap to the binder line, fold the material over, press and sew.