Moleskines are gaining more and more popularity and can be found more places than ever (even Target carries them now). The plain kraft/chipboard cover that some of them have make them perfect for all kinds of embellishing and adornment. I liked the idea of a fabric cover that could be washed if needed and re-used once the notebook runs out. I also like any little project that lends itself to a touch of embroidery such as this. I made two versions - one for the cahier size journal and the wee little volant notebook (so cute!).
Here's what you'll need : fabric, your moleskine notebook of choice, sewing machine, elastic (optional), embroidery floss, needle, desire to embroider (optional)
There are no pattern pieces to cut - just a rectangle shape. Here are the dimensions:
Cahier size: 14.125w x 12.5h
Volant size: 9.25w x 9.75h
*the photos here show the volant size
Next fold in half with right sides together. Pin in place and stitch together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance
Re-position your fabric so that the seam runs long the center rather than the top/bottom edge and press seam open
These would make cute gifts for teachers, fun stocking stuffers and a nice little project for yourself. They are also a good way to use up smaller pieces of fabric. Am I the first one on the internet to share a tutorial like this one? I wish! So, if you are looking to step it up a notch and make Moleskine covers with a bit more detail (like with pen holders and button closures and fun stuff like that) check out all of these tutorials - they are wonderful!