- A notebook
- Coordinating fabrics
- Matching ribbon
- Sewing machine
- Matching thread
Here are all my pieces cut out. The large back piece measures 9 3/8″x 13 1/8″. (My finished measurements plus seams) The two side pieces measure 6″x 9 3/8″. Then I cut out a piece using green fabric the same measurement as the side pieces (6″ x 9 3/8″) and cut it in half. This will be used for the pockets.
First you want to finish the top edge of your pockets. Create a 1/4″ double fold hem and sew in place.
Sew around the two sides and along the bottom leaving the finished edge at the top open.
Then your going to finish the two inside edges of each side piece using the same 1/4 double fold hem you used on the top of the pockets. This is how it will look from the font.
The back view of the side seams.
Lay the side pieces on top of the larger rectangle piece with the right sides facing and the seams in the middle. Sew along the edges using 1/2″ seam allowance.
I trimmed my corners and turned it inside out so it looks like this. To hide the raw edges of the seams in between the two side pieces I turned them under and sewed in place.
View from the back.
Next I created a tie closure by adding a ribbon to each side of the cover. I turned the notebook inside out again and took out 4 or 5 stitches where I wanted my ribbon to go. I poked the end of the ribbon through the opening I just made so the majority of the ribbon is going through the inside of the cover like this. Don’t forget to melt the edges of the ribbon with a lighter to prevent fraying.
Sew along the seam where your took out the stitches securing the ribbon in place. Do this for each side so you’ll have one ribbon on each side.
I added this little tag to the Sharpies because as Matt would say I’m kinda cheesy like that. =)
I used these little cooler/ lunch totes Matt’s mom ordered for me from her work as gift bags. And used the adorable owl gift tags I found on Pinterest. You can download them here.