Working as a server, for years, I must have used hundreds of little notepads, a year. I always wanted them to be a little cuter, and to have my pen be attached, as well. With these notepad covers, I managed to solve both of those issues.
After finding a great pack of simple notepads at Daiso (as well as a bunch of adorable journals) I knew I would probably use this same kind forever, and it was time for an official reusable cover to use again with each knew pack.
To make a reusable notepad cover, I just needed a notepad,
Some scrap fabric (I used denim and vinyl),
A pair of scissors,
A roll of patterned elastic ribbon,
And my sewing machine and thread.
To start my notepad cover DIY, I layed the fabric on the table (wrong-side up).
Placing my notepad on top, I opened it wide and measured the length and width of the notepad. Then, using my ruler I drew two straight parallel lines 7 inches taller than the notepad, and one inch wider.
Using my scissors, I cut along the inside of the pencil marks.
With one rectangular piece of fabric left, I folded the top and bottom in, toward the middle, 3 inches (keeping the right-side of the fabric facing out, and the wrong-sides of the fabric facing each other).
I took my cute, floral elastic ribbon, and cut a small piece, about a half inch long. I folded it in half (with the plain side facing itself and the patterned side facing out), and I tucked it between the fabric, to the side of the cover.
After pinning the fabric in place, I used my sewing machine to sew a simple straight seam along the inside edge of the cover (1/4 inch from the raw edges, at the sides, and the folded edges, along the top and bottom.
Then, I just slipped my notepad into the cover, and slipped the pencil into the elastic sleeve, and I was ready to take notes in style.
Now, my little notepads are even cuter than my adorable Animal Party journals, from Daiso.
And the notepad covers are so much more than cute, they are quite practical. Having a pencil or pen attached is so perfect, now I have whatever I need for a quick note, in my purse.
‘Cute and practical?’ they’ll say, ‘She’s so clever!’ they’ll say.
Have fun making your own!