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Hi, this is Anne, the Sewing editor at Craft Gossip. I’m super excited to be guest-blogging over at here at Lark Crafts today!! I’ve got a project that I think is pretty neat – a flip-top fabric notepad cover. The fabric folio has a pocket for a 4×6 notepad and a smaller pocket just the right size for business cards or receipts. The closure is an elastic strap – easy to open, easy to close. They sew up pretty quickly, so you can make a batch to keep on hand as last minute gifts.

Full instructions after the break!

What you need:

2 pieces of fabric 5″ x 17″
One piece will be for the outside of the cover; the other will be the inside cover. I used different prints for each because I like things all mixed up. Heavier home dec fabric would be great for this. If you use a lighter weight quilting cotton, then fuse some lightweight interfacing to the backs of each piece.

1 piece of fabric 5″ x 14.5″, or 2 pieces of fabric 5″ x 7.5″
This will form the pockets on the inside. If you want the lining of the pocket to be the same color as the side that faces out, then the one piece of fabric will work. If you want the lining of the pocket to contrast, then cut the two pieces at the dimensions above.

5″ of 1/4″ elastic

4×6 notepad
I get mine from Office Depot. They’re reasonably priced and they come in 12-pack.

Temporary marking pen or chalk

Here’s how to make it:

1. Make the inner pockets. If you’re using one piece of fabric for the pockets, then fold it in half right sides together (the short way). Stitch across the open end with a 1/4″ seam allowance. If you’re using two piece of fabric for the pockets, stack them right sides together and stitch across both of the short sides with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Turn right side out and press.

2. Take the long piece of fabric that will be the inside cover and place it right side up. Lay the pocket piece on top of it, right side up. The bottom of the pocket piece should be 2″ up from the bottom of the inside piece of fabric.

3. Stitch down the sides of the pocket piece with a 1/8″ seam allowance.

4. Use chalk or a temporary marker to mark two parallel lines across the pocket, 1 3/4″ and 2″ from the bottom of the pocket piece. Stitch the lines.

5. Lay the elastic across the pocket piece, 3″ from the bottom of the pocket piece. Stitch it in place at either side, 1/8″ from the edge. I went back and forth a few times to be sure that it was secure.

6. Place the outside piece of fabric on top of all of this, with the right side facing down. If your fabric is directional, double-check to make sure that you’ve got it on there the right way. (There’s nothing more frustrating than finishing your notepad cover only to find out that the images on the cover are all going the wrong way. Trust me.)

7. Stitch around all four sides with a 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving a hole to turn.

8. Clip the corners and turn it right side out. I tend to be pretty ruthless when I clip my corners – the closer you clip, the prettier the corners. Press the sides and corners neat and crisp.

9. Top stitch around the notepad cover 1/8″ from the edge, making sure you don’t stitch over the elastic. I found the easiest way to do this was to top stitch in two segments, each starting at ending at the elastic. (If you try to go all the way around in one pass while pulling the elastic out of the way, the elastic will get all wrapped around the shank of your machine needle.) Start one line of stitching at the elastic, and stitch around the cover until you get to the elastic on the other side. Pick up the needle, cut the threads, and rotate the cover around and start again at the elastic, this time working around the other side of the cover – all the way until you meet the elastic again on the other side. When you get done, it will look like one continuous line of stitching.

10. Slide the notepad into the pocket, fold over the pocket flap and the cover, and pull the elastic around the secure it all in place.

Yay! You’re done!! Wrap it up pretty and give it as a gift.

 
 
 
 
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  • Anonymous

    I love this cover, Anne. What a great gift idea. Thanks so much!

  • Beth

    So great, Anne! You may have just solved my “what-to-give-my-brother-for-Christmas” conundrum!

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  • http://fitnotfunny.tumblr.com/ Elizabeth Christensen

    I am a total novice…Does clipping the corners make it so there is less fabric when you turn the fabric so the outside shows? I’m assuming…

    And I’m thinking you could add a few cool little patterns to the outside fabric to personalize them! Like a sailboat for the mother and a butterfly out of complimentary fabric for my cousin!

  • Wendy

    Thanks for this! This will be a great gift for dads/dads-in-law who are IMPOSSIBLE to make for!

  • Patwoman

    How very clever! This is a great idea.

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