This was meant to be a nice quick and easy project, but I ended up doing more measuring than I intended, and making a teeny tiny version to figure out how to sew it up (I still went wrong and needed to unpick it!) It turned out ok though, there were a few mistakes, and when I make it again there are a few things I will do differently, but as with anything I sew for the first time I’m always impressed when it works out as I had hoped!
Firstly you need to decide on your layout, I’m a big fan of stripes, and I knew which fabrics I wanted to use on the front, and the rest was based on what suitable sized scraps I had to hand!
As I needed to have vaguely straight and parrallel lines I did end up measuring each panel, and where necessary attempting to cut and then sew along a particular point in the pattern of the fabric.
Once you’ve got your layout and cut out each bit (or you can just use one fabric) Stitch it together so that you have the width of the open notepad, plus extra for folding over and creating the pockets for it to sit in. (There is no point in me providing measurements as not all notepads are the same size!). Make sure you leave enough fabric at the top and bottom too, mine is that little bit too snug a fit, but that was because I didn’t have the right size bit of wadding. You may not want too much excess fabric round the edges but consider this when measuring and cutting out.
If you want to add any decoration do so now, I decided to add some crochet lace over one of the front seams, but ric rac would look equally cute, you could even sew on some buttons! You could even add some ribbon to form a tie, which I think I will do next time.
After you’ve added any decoration, you can add a layer of wadding if you want (I haven’t tried making this without yet but it would probably look just as lovely. I like using a cotton backed wadding, but purely because I don’t like the idea of sewing the wadding being on the bottom with nothing covering it.
Once you have your ftont panel, you can bind the ends. Make sure the panel is long enough to turn over the edge of the notepad to form the pocket that it sits in.
Now the complicated bit. Lay your front panel facing upwards, then the lining fabric on top of this in the middle. Fold the ends towards the middle (making sure you’ve left enough room for your notepad to fit), but underneath the lining fabric and pin in place. I forgot to take a photo of this bit though, and this was the bit I got wrong first time!
Then it is as simple as sewing two lines! As you’ve not stitched the lining fabric to the lining it’s easy enough to turn out without getting too confused.
It’s a relatively simple thing to sew when you get your head round it, and I think it makes a lovely Christmas gift! Good Luck and I’d love to see how you get on, post a picture on our Facebook page, or tag us on Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter!