Wednesday, April 29, 2009

What kind of notebook?

Yikes! I forgot to mention what kind of notebook I use. It is from Mead and available at most large chain stores for about a buck fifty.

Melody's Notebook Cover

This one is for all the note takers and list makers. It makes a great gift fast. A nice gift for Mother's Day. Just think of all your nieces, aunts, cousins, sister, friends and even little kids.

There are many fabrics you could choose to make yours with.

You even have a pocket for a pen and pencil.

I just made one for My Little One. He requested it for keeping the stats for Hot Wheel races that he and his pals have at recess. This is the fabric he chose.

You will need:
Two or Three fat quarters
18” x 22” piece of batting
Matching thread
One button and loop(hair band) or 2 snaps or hook and loop tape

Wind yourself a full bobbin. Layer your outside fabric, batting and inside fabric. Quilt as desired.

Trim quilted fabric 6 1/2" x 13" and 6 1/2" x 3 1/2"

From the 6 1/2" x 13" piece trim rounded corners from one short end. I usually just whack it right off. If you want you can put a pin and trace around anything round.

From binding fabric cut one 15” square - bias binding
cut one 3 ½” x 10” - pen/pencil pocket
cut one 4” x 6 ½” - back cover strap

From 15” square make 2 ½” bias binding.

Fold 3 ½” x 10” wrong sides together to make 3 ½” x 5”.

Fold 4” x 6 ½” to make 1” x 6 ½” strap. First fold in half to 2" x 6 1/2".

Then fold raw edges in to middle and press.

Here are the pressed pocket and strap.

Here are all the parts and we are ready to assemble.

Top stitch close to folded edge of pocket.

Top stitch the strap. If you wanted to personalize you could put a name here.

Layer pocket to quilted 6 1/2" piece and sew raw edges together 1/8" from edge.

When I get to the bottom edge I stop halfway.

Then I turn the piece so that I am sewing toward the top of the pocket.

When I get to the top of the pocket I take one stitch over and then sew back down to the bottom.

Then I finish sewing around.

Next bind right side of pocket.

Place Pocket piece on top of main piece. Place strap seven inches from square edge.

Pin and baste.

Select your hairband. I like the ones that do not have any metal.

Fold rounded end and find center.

Stitch hairband in inside.

Apply binding.

When top stitching binding be careful not to catch the loop of hairband.

Be really sure. ;-)

Looking good now all you need is to add your button, notebook, pen and pencil.

The Little One and his buddies already started writing in his.

There you have it a new gift.
Let me know if you make one or more. I love feedback and want to see photos of your work. This is my favorite fast gift to make and I hope you like it too.