Friday, March 26, 2010

Notebook Cozy Tutorial

I caught my sister-in-law complaining that she needed something quiet and simple for her children to color and draw with at church.

I had to whip up these 2 adorably Notebook Cozies with scrap fabric. Crayon slots and a mini notebook, velcro strap and their initials on the front = perfect!!

You will need:
2 matching fabrics
Diaper flannel
5 crayons, 1 pencil
1 4x6 notebook (46 cents at the grocery store)

Fat quarters are easy for this project. Buy 2 of a matching fabric, then buy 1 for the coordinating color you want for the pockets and front initial. Fat quarters are always $1 at Walmart, and yes they have surprisingly cute colors. They are also 30% off this week at Joann's, making them 90 cents. You can whip up this whole baby for under $4!


1. Cut 2 16x10 pieces of fabric and 1 of diaper flannel. Out of the contrasting fabric cut your pockets at 5x3.5 and 5x7. Cut a strip of about 2x4 to fold and sew for your strap. Cut out your initial for the front in contrasting fabric. I free-handed mine (obviously) but you could trace for a sharper look.

2. Center and stitch your initial on to the front. I folded mine in half and created a crease so I knew where the center would be. Center and stitch down your pockets on the inside.
(ignore my ugly ironing board:)

3. Place your inside and outside layers together, with the diaper flannel between. Make sure nothing is upside down! Carefully turn under the edges and top stitch all the way around. Attach your strap, stick on velcro.

4. Fill with crayons and pencil and slide in the back cardboard page of your notebook. You're done!

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Camille said...

I am a TERRIBLE sewer, but I think I might like to make these!!

Cami said...

I've been meaning to make these for my girls. Now I don't have to spend the time thinking about how to do it! Thanks!

Bobbi Lee said...

Hope you don't mind, but I featured your tutorial over at My Tiny Sweet Cheeks.

Thanks for sharing!

Kim @ seven thirty three said...

I love these. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.


Jenn @ Delicious Ambiguity said...

What a great idea. Thanks for the pattern and tutorial. Thanks so much for linking up to Tot Tuesdays this week! I am hosting my first giveaway which ends on Tuesday. I hope you’ll stop by. Have a great week! ☺

Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun said...

gave you an award at my blog

LA said...

Do you use a single thickness of cloth for the pockets or is it doubled? I assume you turned under the edges of the pockets before sewing, do you remember how much?


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