This can be used with any square or rectangular motif and can be sized to fit any pad or book you like.
Determine the height and width you would like the cover top to be, then calculate the total fabric length and position your motif per the drawing below. The "hinge" determines how thick of a pad can be inserted. Give yourself an inch or more on all four sides before you cut the fabric.
If your pad has a cardboard back, use an extra piece of fabric (felt or wide grossgrain ribbon is ideal since you won't have to hem the edges) to make a securing strap. It should be an inch longer than the finished desired width.
Step 1: stitch the motif on a strip of fabric. Press lightly.
|Step 2: Use a colored pencil on the WRONG side to sketch the layout, then trim your fabric to 0.5" from the line.|
Step 3: Cut the five pieces of mat board 1/8" smaller* than the rectangles drawn on the fabric. Post-It pads are 3" square, so all of my pieces were 3" tall. I made the hinges 0.5" and the flap 1.5" wide.
*Just do it, or they won't fit!
|Step 4: Place your linen and the backing fabric right sides together. If you are going to add the ribbon to secure the pad, place it between the layers in the middle of the back section (see first illustration.) Use a sewing machine or hand stitch the three sides as shown|
|Step 5: Gently turn it right side out. Slide the mat board pieces into the sleeve so that the seam allowance is on the linen side of the mat board. Leave a little gap between boards where the folds will be.|
|Step 6: Fold seam allowances in on the last side and hand stitch the seam closed. Again, seam allowance fabric goes toward the linen side.|
|Step 7: Add snaps. I tried some self-stick velcro dots, but the velcro was stronger than the glue. When I removed them, I had sticky circles, so I added felt circles under the snap parts. It ended up looking great.|
This example uses the chart "Piccalilli."