I hate math. Funny, I know, since we use an awful lot of it in sewing, but this little project has almost none! After you cut the stabilizer to the right size, the math is done. This little notepad would make a great gift for Father’s Day or Graduation and it only took a couple hours to make.
What I used:
I have an 8″ roll of Sulky Fuse ‘n Stitch, so all I had to do was measure off 6 pieces at 10 inches and cut. The math portion of this project is now officially complete.
I wanted a monogram on the front of this so I monogrammed a letter using Sulky 40 wt. Rayon #1266 Toast and I stabilized it with Sulky Sticky +. Since I wanted the monogram centered, but didn’t want to do any more math, I folded one of the 8″ x 10″ pieces of Sulky Fuse ‘n Stitch into quarters lining the center up with the center of the back of the monogram. Then I carefully unfolded and fused it down so the monogram is in the center without measuring 🙂
Next fuse 3 pieces to the wrong side of the brown fabric and 2 pieces to the wrong side of the batik. I used my rotary cutter and ruler to cut away the excess fabric.
Put the two pieces of batik fabric, right sides together, and stitch down one of the 10 inch sides with a quarter inch seam allowance. Next put two of the brown pieces right sides together (one should be the piece with the monogram that you are using for the cover), and sew down one of the 10 inch sides with a quarter inch seam allowance as well. Press the seams on both of these sewn pieces open. Put these two newly made rectangles right sides together and clip together to sew.
I would normally use Clover Wonder Clips but I didn’t have them with me so I used regular old binder clips. They worked pretty well! They are not flat on the bottom like Wonder Clips and they were not as easy to pull off when I sewed up to them, but all in all, they did the job. Once you have them clipped together, sew around all four sides leaving an opening for turning. Clip the corners, turn and press.
Take the remaining two pieces of brown fabric and sew them right sides together on the top and two of the sides, leaving the bottom open. Turn and press. This will become your pocket.
Now it’s time to grab the notepad that you are going to put into this holder – I used a 5″ x 7″ notepad. Go ahead and audition your notepad and figure out the proper placement for your inside pocket. Once you are happy with how it will sit inside, use your clips to hold the pocket in place.
Now, take the notepad out, flip the piece over and cut off the excess of the inside pocket, leaving just enough to fold the raw edge inside (about a quarter inch, but we aren’t measuring so just eyeball it). Press, then clip the opening closed with your binder clips.
The remainder of the sewing will be topstitching so I put the same thread that I used for my monogram, Sulky 40 wt. Rayon #1266 Toast, in the top and in the bobbin to do the rest. I sewed a straight line on either side of the center line of the cover, catching the edge of the pocket on one side.
I then chose a decorative stitch, just a simple zig-zag, to topstitch along the entire outside edge, catching the remaining two sides of the pocket to secure those as well.
And look, you are done! It looks great and it took you hardly any time at all. Now write a wonderfully thoughtful note on the notepad inside, wrap it up and give it away.