I think these make darling (and useful!) gifts for friends and co-workers. Not only will your office pals use these with style, but wouldn't they make cute journals, too??! You'll love this easy tutorial ~ there's only four pieces to the pattern. Grab your scraps and let's get started!
Cut 1: 7" x 20.5" rectangle (exterior fabric)
Cut 1: 6.5" x 20" rectangle of fusible interfacing, such as Pellon
Cut 2: 7" x 7.5" rectangles (pocket sleeve - I use the same exterior print for this.)
Cut 1: 7" x 9" rectangle (lining - I use a coordinating print)
6" x 9" Steno Pad
Optional items: (highly recommended)
8" strip of 1/4" wide elastic
Heat-n-Bond Lite for any applique' work you might want to add
- Fuse your interfacing to wrong side of exterior fabric piece by centering it onto the wrong side. (TIP: I cut my interfacing a bit smaller than the fabric to reduce the bulk when sewing and turning the piece. It gives it a cleaner finish ~ trust me)
- Add any applique' detail to front using the Heat-n-Bond Lite. (TIP: Try enlarging an initial in lowercase 'Subway' font to size 250 or 400 in a word processing program. Print it and cut it out to use as an applique'.)
- Pin strip of elastic 2.5" up from the bottom.
- On the top end of each of the 7" x 7.5" pieces, turn under one (1) of the 7 inch ends one-quarter inch. Press with iron. Fold it again one-quarter inch. Press and top-stitch.
- Using your pinking shears, cut the 7" ends of your lining piece so that they are zig-zagged. If you don't have this kind of scissors, just use your machine and zig-zag (or serger) the ends so they don't fray over time. They won't ever show, so don't bother hemming them - you just don't want them to fray. I guess you could just fray check the ends, too.
- Layer the pieces as follows (see picture below):
- bottom layer --> long exterior piece, right side up.
- middle layer --> place each hemmed pocket sleeve piece right side down on each end of the exterior piece, matching raw edges.
- top layer --> lining piece should be centered right side down along the exterior piece. the zig-zagged ends of the lining will overlap the hemmed edges of the pocket sleeves.
- Pin and stitch all the way around the perimeter of the exterior piece, using a 1/4" seam allowance. Trim corners. I like to use my pinking shears on the seam allowances.
- Turn right side out, beginning with turning the lining. Then, turn each pocket sleeve. Press.
- Insert the steno pad and you are done!
I promise, these can be whipped out in no time! Use the assembly line approach and make several at once; then you'll always have a gift ready to give. :)
Merry Christmas from sew.simply.creative!