DIY Midori Insert Cover With Storage Flaps (With Step-by-Step Images)

Midori Insert Cover
My deconstructed Midori Traveler’s Notebooks with DIY Fabric Midori Insert Covers. Image by Jules Sherred

Welcome to this step-by-step guide about how to make your own Midori insert cover, with storage flaps; made from your favorite fabrics.

Last year, I wrote about how I manage life and my anxiety with my Midori Traveler’s Notebooks. In that post, I promised a tutorial about how I made my fabric Midori Traveler’s Notebook insert covers. It may be long overdue, but it’s finally here, complete with supply list and step-by-step instructions and images.

Midori Insert Cover Supply List

Fabric and Interfacing – 1 cm Seam Allowance

Main Fabric: 37 cm x 25 cm – Cut One
Inside Fabric: 37 cm x 25 cm – Cut One
Medium or Heavy-Weight Interfacing: 7 cm x 23.5 cm – Cut Two

Cardboard Stencils

Midori insert cover stencils
Midori insert cover stencils: Cover and lining, interfacing, and Midori template. Image by Jules Sherred.

Fabric Stencil: 37 cm x 25 cm
Midori Insert Cover Stencil: 22.5 cm x 21 cm
Interfacing Stencil: 7 cm x 23.5 cm

Midori Insert Cover Sewing Instructions (With Images)

Midori insert cover step 1: Mark fabric and cut.
Step 1. Image by Jules Sherred

Step 1: Mark both the inside and outside fabric. Cut.

Midori insert cover Step 2: Mark interfacing. Cut two.
Step 2. Image by Jules Sherred.

Step 2: Mark interfacing. Cut two.

Midori insert cover Step 3: Iron the fabric.
Step 3: Pre-ironing. Image by Jules Sherred.

Step 3: Iron the fabric.

Midori insert cover Step 4: Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of the inside fabric.
Step 4. Image by Jules Sherred

Step 4: Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of the inside fabric.

Midori insert cover Step 5: Pin right sides of the main fabric and inside fabric together.
Step 5. Image by Jules Sherred.

Step 5: Pin right sides of the main fabric and inside fabric together.

Midori insert cover Step 6: Sew the outside edge with a 1 cm seam allowance.
Step 6. Image by Jules Sherred.

Step 6: Sew the outside edge with a 1 cm seam allowance (use the edge of the presser foot as your guide) leaving a hole to flip right side out.

Midori insert cover Step 7: Clip the corners, turn right side out, then poke the corners so that they are square.
Step 7. Image by Jules Sherred.

Step 7: Clip the corners, turn right side out, then poke the corners so that they are square.

Midori insert cover Step 8: Iron the seams, pinning the open seam to preserve the straight line.
Step 8. Image by Jules Sherred.

Step 8: Iron the seams, pinning the open seam to preserve the straight line.

Midori insert cover Step 9: Using the pressure foot as a guide and positioning the needle all the way over to the right, sew the left and right edges.
Step 9: Pressure foot example. Image by Jules Sherred.
Midori insert cover Step 9 after
Step 9: After. Image by Jules Sherred.

Step 9: Using the pressure foot as a guide and positioning the needle all the way over to the right, sew the left and right edges.

Midori insert cover Step 10: Fold in the flaps using the Midori insert cover stencil as a guide. Pin and iron.
Step 10. Image by Jules Sherred.

Step 10: Fold in the flaps using the Midori insert cover stencil as a guide. Pin and iron. Remove the stencil.

Midori insert cover Step 11: Sew the top and bottom edges.
Step 11. Image by Jules Sherred

Step 11: With the needle in the same position as Step 9 and again using the pressure foot as a guide, sew the top and bottom edges.

Midori insert cover Step 12: Slip the Midori insert into the cover.
Step 12. Image by Jules Sherred

Step 12: Slip the Midori insert into the cover.

Midor insert cover finished.
Midori insert cover finished. Image by Jules Sherred.

Congratulations! You have just made your first Midori insert cover!

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Jules Sherred is a parent, author, radio personality, blogger and freelance writer, gamer, tech enthusiast, website designer, science nerd, sci-fi freak, hard core Trekker, and has an unnatural obsession with Optimus Prime. He/him/his.