Fabric Notebook Cover

    Posted by  ·  November 16, 2009

    These fabric covers for steno pads make great gifts for teachers, friends, co-workers… really anyone who might like to jot down notes in style.

    They can be made totally reversible. They have a handy spot on the cover for a pen or pencil and an elastic closure.

    I think these would make great little gifts when you just need a little something.  They are quick and easy!  If you would like a pattern for these I have a PDF you may download for $1.99.

    It is an immediate download so you can have your pattern and be sewing right away! Yes, you could figure out how to make these, but if you don’t want to waste the time figuring out all of the measurements simply download three pages of detailed instructions. If you are interested visit the shop!

    *3/8 yard each  of two different fabrics will make four covers

    *You can find steno pads at Wal-Mart for just under a $1.00

    You might also be interested in this tutorial for a colored pencil and drawing pad holder, or instructions for making a crayon roll.

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    1. Cheryl Gregory
      Thursday, August 3rd, 2017
      I have tried to purchase the download and have not been able to . Please email me. Thank you.
      • Cindy
        Friday, August 11th, 2017
        Hi Cheryl here is the link for the Fabric Notebook Cover https://www.skiptomylou.org/shop/
    2. Julie
      Thursday, April 6th, 2017
      Looking for the pattern for the steno covers.
      • Cindy
        Friday, August 11th, 2017
        Hi Julie you will find the pattern here https://www.skiptomylou.org/shop/
    3. Barbara
      Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
      Hi Cindy, As others have noted, links to pattern and to shop do not work. Any way to get this pattern. So cute - thanks.
      • Cindy
        Friday, August 11th, 2017
        Hi Barbara, I just got the link updated. Thanks so much for letting me know https://www.skiptomylou.org/shop/
    4. debbie morse
      Monday, December 12th, 2016
      I wasn't able to get the pattern for notebook cover.
    5. Sidney Field
      Thursday, December 8th, 2016
      I am not able to purchase your pattern for the fabric notebook cover.
    6. Wendy
      Saturday, August 20th, 2016
      I would like to order the fabric notebook cover but I can't get to the "shop". Please email me...
    7. Karen Price
      Sunday, July 24th, 2016
      Hi, I'm trying to get the steno pad cover pattern but unable to go to the shop to download. I have tried several times. Can someone help me out with this pattern?
      Thank you,
      K. Price
      • Cindy
        Thursday, August 11th, 2016
        Sorry for the delay and the issues. Just emailed you.
    8. Anne Luedtke
      Thursday, June 14th, 2012
      Hi. I am trying to make these, but I am having the same problem as reply #13. Please help!!
      Thank you
    9. Jamie
      Sunday, October 9th, 2011
      Hi. I also ordered the pattern, but still haven't received. it. I would really like this so I can get started on Christmas! Thanks.
    10. Jamie
      Sunday, October 9th, 2011
      Hi. I also have ordered this pattern, but still haven't received it. I'm really excited to get these made up for Christmas! Thanks!
    11. Wednesday, August 24th, 2011
      Hi there! I'm excited to sew some of these and ordered the pattern, but I still have not received it. Are you still filling orders? Thanks!!!
    12. Erin
      Monday, May 30th, 2011
      Who wouldn't want one of these! supercute~
    13. Nancy D.
      Thursday, May 26th, 2011
      Great project! These would be perfect Christmas gifts for the girls in my office.
    14. jet
      Wednesday, May 25th, 2011
      i love this idea sooo smart to make a little pocket for a pen or pencil , and it sooo neatly and cool done!!!
      love it, but i love your blog as well, it's always eye candy when i receive your email letters.
      so thank you for sharing this all and make me smile;-D
      have a very creative and crafty day;-D
    15. Deborah Ocasio
      Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
      I would LOVE to have this pattern! count me in ! I work at Head Start and do a lot of home visits and this would be perfect to bring with me in my advocate bag! Thank you for the opportunity
    16. Lisa H
      Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
      I think the covers are so neat and practical. You always know exactly which one is yours and it makes nice little and inexpensive gifts for friends, teachers and secret friend gifts. Great website! I always look forward to mondays to see the new ideas
    17. Carrie L
      Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
      I absolutely LOVE this idea!! The color patterns are great!
    18. Terisa
      Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
      These notebook covers are so cute. It would be a great project for my young women.
    19. Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
      Oh how lovely.
      I'd love to give these a go.
    20. Kathy
      Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
      What a super idea, so handy.
      Will suggest to son's school for possible gift for each student.
    21. Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
      Oh those are SO cute, I'd love to get one :)
    22. Amy D
      Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
      I love those covers! You are right...they would make a great teacher gift. Thank you for sharing so many great ideas, Amy
    23. heather
      Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
      LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am going to make one for each kid so they can journal thier summer ~ hoping to help keep their writing skills strong ( they are 4,6,& 9 thanks for the idea ~ I ordered it & can't wait to start!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    24. Monica
      Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
      These would make great happys for the Graduate going off to college! Could be done in college colors too!
    25. Colleen Osten
      Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
      My 10 year old is absolutely crazy for notebooks of all kinds. This is the cutest thing. I also loved the contrasting fabrics you chose. Love all your ideas!
    26. Birgitt
      Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
      Cute item, I belong to a craft group that meets two or three times a month and we have made something similar but I think I want your pattern too. I love the fabric choices you made. Love getting your daily emails. Thanks
    27. rita
      Monday, May 23rd, 2011
      please count me in! i love your notebook covers! They are just too dawgone cute, and the fabrics are perfect for Spring -- easy to find in my messy purse.
    28. Erin Barbee
      Monday, May 23rd, 2011
      So cute. I would make one for everyone I know.
    29. judy spaulding
      Tuesday, November 16th, 2010
      Hi ! I downloaded the pattern for the fabric covered steno pads and am a little confused about the pocket pieces. The pattern says to fold them in half with wrong sides together and stitch across the top,,,ok,,so when I go to place them on the outer fabric, is the right sides of the pocket pieces facing up at me? thanks for any help you can give me , Judy
    30. Eileen
      Thursday, September 16th, 2010
      I am in awe and am totally over the moon to see such wonderful fabric design. My mind is running wild with possible ideas of things to be made! I particularly love this notebook cover, I am going to make one for each of my kids and their cousins and their friends and their teachers. I am going to be busy for a long time! Thanks for sharing!!!
    31. Poppy
      Tuesday, December 8th, 2009
      Thanks for offering the pattern for this. I first thought of these covers as a teacher gift, but on second thought decided to make one for every woman I know for Christmas this year. Completely economical, practical, and cute! The tutorial was fool proof. Steno pad + pen + fabric only cost me about $3 to make each one, but they look like so much more.
    32. Brenda
      Tuesday, December 8th, 2009
      easy, fun, and fast to put together. made these for my bible study group for prayer books. I made 27 in one weekend from scraps of material I already had at home.
    33. Eileen
      Tuesday, November 17th, 2009
      That's really cute and stylish!!!
      I like them!!!
    34. Monday, November 16th, 2009
      i'm a fan from hong kong. i thought you're talking about notebook computer and i was just about to download it!

      wouldn't it be great if you could also design a fabric cover for notebook computer as well? i absolutely need one! : )
    35. Monday, November 16th, 2009
      I LOVE your blog! You have so many great crafty ideas! And they're so quick and easy. I can't wait to find time (I have two little ones under two) to give some of them a try.

      I linked to you here:
    36. Monday, November 16th, 2009
      I really like it and planned for myself this winter. Thanks for this sweet idea.
    37. Christina
      Monday, November 16th, 2009
      I made this and your reversible tote bag one day and I almost finished them both while my 3 kids napped. I am not a fast sewer and didn't even have a rotary cutter at the time. They made a great birthday present for a 15 year old girl.
    38. Monday, November 16th, 2009
      How wonderful! You could even applique their name, an image, or anything else to really give it a custom look!
    39. Sheila
      Monday, November 16th, 2009
      I downloaded this a while back. Your instructions were easy to follow and the cover turned out really well. Great pattern!
    40. Monday, November 16th, 2009
      I saw in one of my parent and child magazines, these really pretty Sudoku books with pretty fancy covers so no one knows you are doing Sudoku. I guess some people don't like the covers on the books that they usually come with. These would be really cool alternatives. If you could just slip your book in.