We've done notebook holders using an embroidery machine on the channel before, and immediately after I was inundated with requests for a version that used a sewing machine (no embroidery machine required). After indulging in a couple guilty pleasure purchases from Stoney Clover Ln, I was able to take a closer look at how simple this pattern could be. Have some material you're dying to show off, but not on a bag? This is your project! Whether you have blinged out tabs or you're keeping it simple with the template I provide, these notebook holders turn out perfectly.
And if you're using a premade snap tab, this is a one-trip-to-the-machine project! That's right, we only sew one time, and then we're done. Wild, I know!
I recommend you use vinyl, cork or waxed canvas for this project. You're welcome to use HTV for the interior cut, but I do recommend a standard sewing vinyl for the exterior, pockets and snap tab. I use rivets to install the tab and magnetic snaps, but you can sew the tab in place and use plastic Kam snaps, velcro, buttons, any type of closure you're comfortable working with.
This is your project and you should customize it. I can't wait to see your version!
This beginner pattern is 100% free and I will not ask you for a credit card number or any personal information to download it.
When printing the pattern pieces, make sure to open the file in Adobe Acrobat Reader (it's free) from a desktop computer, and print the file at 100% (not fit to page). The pattern is going to come close to the edges of the paper, but it shouldn't cut them off.
Click here to download the pattern, or click on the photo of the notebook below.
Have a cutting machine (like a Cricut, Brother Scan and Cut, or Silhouette)? You can purchase the SVG file (with a bonus tab) here, and support a good cause!