These little fabric covered notepads make great Christmas gifts for moms, mother-in-laws, aunts, grandmas, teachers and generally anyone who needs to keep a pad of paper handy.
You can make them out of scraps that you've pieced together, or use one long strip of fabric as I've used in this tutorial. Its a very customizable project so I've just laid out some basic measurements and steps for making your own. So simple you'll be able to get a whole set done before Christmas break! I've also posted this tute on my blog but I thought I'd share the wealth with my Craftster friends!
What you will need:
Fabric (Enough to make a 33"x6" length of fabric)
-A 6" length of 1/2 inch wide elastic
-A mini legal pad (You can get a pack of 12 for $6.99 at Staples)
-A 5"x8" piece of cardboard or matte (I use matte scraps that I am able to get for free from my local framing shop and I just cut them to size, they seem to work best.)
-Fusible interfacing if you are adding applique
Cut a 33"x6" length of fabric. I am adding a strip of patchwork applique to mine so I also assembled a 33"x1" strip of patchwork.
Iron fusible interfacing to the wrong side of your applique strip.
Remove paper backing.
Position applique to desired spot on the right side of your 33"x6" piece of fabric.
Iron in place.
Using a zigzag stitch, stitch up both sides of the applique strip.
Fold under one half inch on each short end press.
Fold under another half inch and press. Stitch both folded hems and press.
Right sides together fold one side up 6 inches and press.
Fold the other side up 8 inches, right sides together and press.
Place elastic inside the 8 inch fold about one inch from the bottom of the fold.
(I forgot to do this step before stitching the seams so I just
partially opened the seam on both sides with a seam ripper and threaded the elastic through and restitched the seam closed.)
Stitch up both sides with a 3/8" seam. Reinforce elastic section with a zigzag stitch.
Trim seams with pinking shears and clip corners.
Turn right side out and press.
Take cardboard and slip in 8" pocket.
Slip cardboard back of notepad into 6" pocket.
Flip elastic to inside of cover.
Wrap elastic from cover around back of notepad and Ta da!
You're done! You now have an awesome fabric covered notepad for the person in need of organization!
Happy sewing and be blessed!