It’s always exciting to share a new pattern and this week I will be introducing two new patterns. The first pattern I’m excited to share with you is the Noteworthy Notebook Holder.
This is a very versatile pattern in that you can virtually make it any theme you want simply by your choice of fabrics. You only need 1/3 yard of focus fabric and 1/3 yard of lining fabric, so it is a great pattern to use up some of those fabrics in your stash. (See the pattern for additional notions and supplies required.)
If you like, you can also add a strip of your lining fabric to the front of your holder for an attractive fabric accent as shown on the holder with the bird designs. To make them even more personal, you can use a typewriter to type a favorite quote or relevant message on a piece of trim for the center of your trim piece. I did this for a number of holders I made for my 3 sisters when they were here for a Sister’s Reunion in July. It was fun to share quotes that were relevant to each of them on their notebook holders. There are several suggestions for trim ideas included in the pattern.
Another fun idea is to use a border print as your main focus fabric. It’s almost magical to the see the effect of letting the fabric itself be the main focal element.
If you have a left-handed person on your gift list, simply flip the pattern to make a holder for that works well for them. This is a very useful gift as the flap helps to keep all your papers in place and is securely fastened to the front of the holder with a snap. I used both Babyville and Snap Setter snap fasteners and snaps for my holders. They come in a wonderful assortment of colors and styles.
The holder easily accommodates a standard size composition notebook (9 3/4″ x 7 1/2″) which are available at Office Max or Target, etc. The handy pen holder keeps your pen in place and instructions are also included for an optional business card holder.
Once you have made your first holder, you will be amazed how quickly you can make more holders. If you would like to share any you make, please send me a picture as it is so much fun to see them. You can email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The patterns are available locally in Boise at the Quilt Crossing and can also be purchased on Craftsy.
I hope you enjoy making them as much I have.
Happy Sewing! Jane