Okay.. today we'll finish it up!
First, let's tack down that origami flower. Add a button or bead in the center if you'd like, but tack the middle. You can also tack the petals open if you'd like, but I usually save that for last.
Let's get the back/sleeves ready. To prepare the sleeves, machine hem the straight edge by folding over 1/4" and pressing. Then fold over 1" and press again. Sew along that edge and your sleeves are ready to attach to the back piece. Here's what they should look like.
Now, sew the sleeves onto the back piece. Place the wrong side of the sleeve onto the right side of the back fabric piece. Sew all the way around using a 1/2" seam allowance. Don't worry, it'll turn out correctly....
Now, place the front piece (the one with the interfacing) and the back piece (the one with the sleeves) right sides together and pin, matching the raw edges. Make sure you are tracing just slightly outside the edges of the binder. This will allow the necessary ease to slip the binder into the cover. Don't sew yet.... one more step.
Slide the binder to the side just a little bit, a scant 1/4" will do. Trace. This is the amount of ease you'll need in order to close the binder. When you slide it back, it should look like this. Now you're ready to sew.
Sew along your traced line, leaving an opening for turning the cover right side out. Trim to 1/4" all the way around, clip your corners and give it a good pressing.
I like to press up the opening before turning. This makes it easier to hand-stitch the opening shut when we're done. Just fold it up along the traced line and press.
We're almost done. Turn and press....
Slip stitch the opening shut....
Tack down the petals.... and it's done! Ready for a new school year!