Bernadette and I are so excited to welcome a new addition to Rhythm of The Home. Welcome Julia
It amazes me what we can do with one fat quarter of fabric. After I finished up the recipe organizer, I had a few scraps left over of my patterned fabric, and I thought it might be neat to round it all out with a notepad for the refrigerator.
Whether to leave my husband a small love note, or write out our grocery list, it seemed like something that my family could use well.
Matching patterned fabric scraps
Heavy weight natural muslin
Heavy weight interfacing (I used a standard piece of interfacing, but you can also use a fusible if you have it on hand)
Fusible interfacing for each pocket
Cut your interfacing 11 1/2″ x 9 1/2″
Cut your back fabric 11 1/2″ x 9 1/2″
Press towards your top fabric.
Cut the pen pocket at 2 1/2″ x 5″.
For the note book pocket, determine the width of the notebook that you would like to use, and add 1/2″ total.
Fold both long sides and one short side of each pocket down 1/4″, and press. Fold the other short side down 1/4″ and press, than another 1/4″ and press. Top stitch, making to sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of the row.
Cut a piece of fusible interfacing to the exact dimensions of each of your pockets. Fuse, according to manufacturer’s directions, to each of the pockets.
Pin your ribbon into place as well as all three layers of the notepad together. Beginning on one long side of your pad, and using a zig zag stitch, stitch the entire length of the notepad, being sure to back stitch at the beginning and end.
I think that is pretty good for one fat quarter and a little muslin. Happy Sewing!!!
* I made a second notepad for a girlfriend of mine yesterday, and I added a pocket for her to keep some other lists, etc. that she needs for her family. To do this, cut the bottom front fabric 1 1/2″ longer than the original dimensions call for. Turn the top of one short end over 1/4″, then again 1/2″, and top stitch. Proceed with the original directions, and add the notepad and pen pockets to your muslin pocket. Pin the top patterned fabric to the interfacing and back fabric, then pin the muslin pocket over top, allowing for the overlap. Proceed with the same zig zag stitching as the above directions.