Hello there!
  • From hosting a shrimp boil, celebrating holidays, making homemade scratch art paper, sewing gifts and throwing parties to cooking delicious food, you will find it all here at Skip To My Lou. The site is full of free patterns, downloads and I hope plenty of inspiration. Please hang out with me awhile and check it out!
read more >

Fabric Notebook Cover

Posted by  ·  November 16, 2009  ·  Last Updated: April 21, 2018

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 $2.95.
Buy Now

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!
or just click here Buy Now

*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.

Leave a Comment


  1. Sue White
    Monday, April 23rd, 2018
    Reying to download steno pad cover.
  2. 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/
  3. 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/
  4. 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/
  5. Barbara
    Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
    Hi Cindy, as
  6. debbie morse
    Monday, December 12th, 2016
    I wasn't able to get the pattern for notebook cover.
  7. Sidney Field
    Thursday, December 8th, 2016
    I am not able to purchase your pattern for the fabric notebook cover.
  8. 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...
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. 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!!!
  14. Erin
    Monday, May 30th, 2011
    Who wouldn't want one of these! supercute~
  15. Nancy D.
    Thursday, May 26th, 2011
    Great project! These would be perfect Christmas gifts for the girls in my office.
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. Carrie L
    Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
    I absolutely LOVE this idea!! The color patterns are great!
  20. Terisa
    Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
    These notebook covers are so cute. It would be a great project for my young women.
  21. Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
    Oh how lovely.
    I'd love to give these a go.
  22. Kathy
    Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
    What a super idea, so handy.
    Will suggest to son's school for possible gift for each student.
  23. Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
    Oh those are SO cute, I'd love to get one :)
  24. 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
  25. 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  26. Monica
    Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
    These would make great happys for the Graduate going off to college! Could be done in college colors too!
  27. 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!
  28. 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
  29. 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.
  30. Erin Barbee
    Monday, May 23rd, 2011
    So cute. I would make one for everyone I know.
  31. 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
  32. 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!!!
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. Eileen
    Tuesday, November 17th, 2009
    That's really cute and stylish!!!
    I like them!!!
  36. 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! : )
  37. 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:
  38. Monday, November 16th, 2009
    I really like it and planned for myself this winter. Thanks for this sweet idea.
  39. 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.
  40. Monday, November 16th, 2009
    How wonderful! You could even applique their name, an image, or anything else to really give it a custom look!
  41. 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!
  42. 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.