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Easy Felt Crafts: Notepad Cover #2


This easy felt crafts notepad cover holds a long notepad and a pen or pencil in the sleeve on the front. A short piece of elastic holds the cover closed when not in use. This is a fun, easy and inexpensive project.

This is easy sewing. You can find more detail on the stitches in our free e-book on how to sew stitches.

The first picture shows the easy felt crafts notepad cover closed with a red pen:

Easy Felt Crafts Notepad Cover2 showing closed with pen

Here, the pen has been removed from its sleeve and the elastic moved from the front. The covered notepad is ready for notes.

Easy Felt Crafts Notepad Cover2 showing open with pen ready for notes 

Easy Felt Crafts: Notepad Cover #2 Materials and Tools:

  • Craft felt (your favorite color) 9 in x 12 in (Depending on the size of your notepad, one piece could be enough. I used one piece with a decorative pattern for the outside and a scrap piece from another project for the pen's sleeve and the inside.)
  • Cardboard or chipboard to stiffen the front
  • 1/8 inch wide elastic (enough to go around the notebook) 
  • Thread (Regular, all purpose thread works just fine. Heavy duty button thread is better if you have it.) 
  • Needle
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Notepad with a thick back cover
  • Pencil or pen to use with the notepad

Easy Felt Crafts Notepad Cover2 materials and tools

The Steps for How to Make the Easy Felt Crafts: Notepad Cover #2:

Measure the length of the notepad. This one is 5 inches long.

Easy Felt Crafts Notepad Cover2 step 1 measure length

Measure the width of the notepad. This one measures 3 inches wide.

Easy Felt Crafts Notepad Cover2 step 2 measure width

Measure the thickness of the notepad. This one is 3/8 inch thick.

Easy Felt Crafts Notepad Cover2 step 3 measure thickness

Add two times the length plus the thickness plus extra for the seams (1/4 inch on both ends) for the length of the outer felt. In this case:  2 times 5 plus 3/8 plus 1/4 plus 1/4 equals 10 7/8 inches.

Add the width plus extra for the seams on each side: 3 plus 1/4 plus 1/4 equals 3 1/2 inches wide.

Cut one piece of the decorative outer felt 10 7/8 by 3 1/2 inches.

For the lining of the front and back cut two pieces 3 1/2 by 4 3/4 inches.

For the pocket or sleeve for the pen, cut one piece 1 by 3 inches.

To stabilize the front, cut one piece of cardboard or chipboard 3 by 4 1/2 inches.

Easy Felt Crafts Notepad Cover2 step 4 cut felt and cardboard

To measure and cut the elastic, wrap it around the notepad loosely and overlap by 1 inch.

Easy Felt Crafts Notepad Cover2 step 5 measure and cut elastic

Position and pin the pocket for the pen to the front of the easy felt crafts notepad cover.

Measure 3/4 from the left side and 1 1/4 inch from the bottom. Make sure the pocket edge is parallel to the edge of the notepad cover.

Easy Felt Crafts Notepad Cover2 step 6 position pocket

Sew along the edge of the pocket that is the greatest distance from the edge. I used a simple blanket stitch. (You can find a tutorial on the blanket stitch in our free e-book - How to Sew Stitches.)

Easy Felt Crafts Notepad Cover2 step 7 sew pocket first side

At the end of the stitches on the first side of the pocket, knot the thread, hide the thread tail and clip the thread.

Reposition the pocket to be 1 inch from the edge of the notepad cover. This provides a space for the pen to fit into the pocket.

Easy Felt Crafts Notepad Cover2 step 8 reposition pocket

Sew the second side of the pocket the same as the first using the overlay blanket stitch again.

Here, the pen easily fits into the pocket.

 

Easy Felt Crafts Notepad Cover2 step 9 sew pocket on second side

Wrap the elastic around the notepad until it just fits. Don't stretch the elastic.

Overlap the ends and pin.

Easy Felt Crafts Notepad Cover2 step 10 overlap elastic

Make sure the elastic remains smooth all the way around and does not have any twists.

Easy Felt Crafts Notepad Cover2 step 11 keep elastic flat

Sew the overlapped edges of the elastic together with simple running stitches.

 

Easy Felt Crafts Notepad Cover2 step 12 sew elastic edges together

Match the edges of the inner pieces of felt to the inside of the felt notepad cover.

Sandwich the sewn portion of the elastic between the two pieces of felt at the back. Position the elastic 1/2 inch from the bottom edge.

Pin the edges and the elastic in place.

Easy Felt Crafts Notepad Cover2 step 13 pin felt and elastic together

Prepare the needle and thread. 

Easy Felt Crafts Notepad Cover2 step 14 prepare needle and thread

Stitch around the outer edge using the blanket stitch. (Pictorial details for how to sew the simple blanket stitch can be found in our free e-book - How to Sew Stitches.)

Easy Felt Crafts Notepad Cover2 step 15 sew around edges

Sew three or four stitches at the elastic on each side for added strength to hold it in place.

Easy Felt Crafts Notepad Cover2 step 16a sew multiple stitches at elastic

Insert the cardboard or chipboard into the front of the easy felt crafts notepad cover. 

Easy Felt Crafts Notepad Cover2 step 17a insert cardboard some may show

A small amount of the cardboard may show. If you prefer, trim the length of the cardboard such that it does not show.

 

Easy Felt Crafts Notepad Cover2 step 17b insert cardboard into front

Insert the back of the notepad into the back of the notepad cover.

Be careful that the back does not pull off of the notepad (voice of experience, here). If it does, simply glue it to the back page of the notepad.

 

Easy Felt Crafts Notepad Cover2 step 18a insert notepad into back

The back of the notepad should go past the elastic at the bottom of the back of the notepad cover. 

Easy Felt Crafts Notepad Cover2 step 18b insert notepad past elastic

The finished cover shows the pen in its pocket and the elastic holding the notepad cover closed.

Easy Felt Crafts Notepad Cover2 finished front

This shows the back of the finished notepad cover with its fun bubbles and polka dots.

Easy Felt Crafts Notepad Cover2 finished back

These notepads came in a packet of three, one pink, one blue and one lavender. Their colors helped decide the decorative felt for the easy felt crafts notepad cover. The lime green was a fun contrast pulled from the circles on the decorative felt. 

Easy Felt Crafts Notepad Cover2 finished with other two pads

 

This notepad cover is just as fun simple and fast to make as the other Easy Felt Crafts Notepad Cover1.

With the variety of fun felt colors and prints along with the variety of inexpensive notepads, you can make this easy felt crafts notepad cover project to your own unique tastes.

Enjoy and have fun making one or more of these easy felt crafts notepad cover projects!


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