Jennifer’s Fabric Focus ~ Patchwork Notebooks Free Pattern

on March 3 | in Products, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 71 Comments

We’re thrilled to share that Jennifer Casa from JCasa *handmade is joining us for a monthly fabric focus, starting today! Each month Jennifer has a new project featuring one of our latest, favorite collections from the shop. You can find more from Jennifer on her beautiful blog, of course, and she also sells a variety of sewing patterns, knitting patterns and handmade goods in her shop. Today Jennifer is giving away two kits to make these notebooks, so visit JCasa *handmade to enter to win and then come back to download your free Back-to-School Notebook tutorial. Enjoy!

Hello! I am delighted to be joining you for Sew,Mama,Sew!’s monthly fabric focus. We are in the midst of quite the snowy winter here in Ohio, but Moda’s bright and cheery fabrics have me dreaming of springtime, longer days, warmer weather, sunny skies and all that good stuff.

I am especially loving Dizzy White, with its vibrant colors and happy little flowers-– picture it in a patchwork picnic blanket combined with sky blues and crisp whites, or how about some fresh new pillows with a bit of grassy green and sunny yellow appliqué. Are your wheels turning?

To highlight just how well some of these new Moda prints get along, I’ve created a tutorial for my all-time favorite Back-to-School Notebook. My hope is that you will get some ideas as to combining these great prints as well as learn a little patchwork technique along the way.

This quilted patchwork cover fits a classic standard composition notebook and features a pen sleeve on the spine. In the tutorial, you’ll find complete instructions for two versions of the notebook as well as ideas to embellish and personalize it further.

For this project I have combined Dizzy White, Lollipops Pink, Dots Pink and Dots Orange from the Oz collection by Sanae with Breezy Budding Pink and Stripe Dewdrop from the Verna collection by Kate Spain. I’ve also incorporated some of the Essex Linen/Cotton Blend as well as some of Girl Friday’s Writing Paper Plain for some whimsical embroidery. This is happy stuff, I tell you.

So what are you waiting for? Download the tutorial and get started! Enjoy + happy making! xoxo

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71 Responses to Jennifer’s Fabric Focus ~ Patchwork Notebooks Free Pattern

  1. Wendy D. P. says:

    The notebook cover is perfect – it’s going on my Christmas gift to do list!

  2. Fabulous! We’re sharing a link to this projec page at!

  3. Mary says:

    Thank you SO much for this adorable tutorial! I hope I can handle it as a beginner. I love the writing paper fabric! How can I get some? I tried clicking on the link, but it wasn’t found. Anyone able to find it somewhere?

  4. Gina says:

    I love Sew Mama Sew~ Because I always can find inspirational tutorials like this one! I just finished my Notebook cover based off of this pattern. I thank you! I personalized it with the letter “P” for a co-worker who’s mother has cancer. This is a great gift for anyone. Thank you again Jennifer for sharing!

  5. MaggieB says:

    I absolutely LOVE both the pattern AND the fabrics selected for use in the sample! It’s a great excercise in how to vary the patterns and scale of one’s fabrics in any project! Thanks for sharing!

  6. j says:

    It’s so beautiful craft. I love it. Thanks for sharing your idea! God bless you!

  7. The journals are absolutely adorable! A great gift idea. Who wouldn’t love to receive one! A very inspiring article!

  8. pieceLove says:

    You have definitely inspired me!
    I had to have some of that notebook paper fabric!

  9. ZAREMA says:

    Thanks the author for article. The main thing do not forget about users, and continue in the same spirit.

  10. Amy says:

    I love this project! I made one for my daughter to take to a birthday party… it makes a nice little girl journal.

  11. Rosa in Antipodes says:

    Awesome! Easy, cheeky, and foolproof! I just loved it!

  12. Dixie says:

    Just what we need while waiting for Spring. Will it ever get here? Thanks!

  13. Adena J. says:

    “pen goes in here” “top secret stuff” soooo cute! I love that it’s hand embroidered.

  14. Elizabeth says:

    Great tutorial. Easy to follow.

  15. Julia says:

    This is a good tutorial for practicing machine piecing (NOT a skill I possess!) and color work. This was clear and useful; I completed it in an hour (plus a bit). Thanks for a good lesson!

  16. Kelli says:

    I had not seen the Dizzy white line and now I’ve got another thing to pine for…too many great fabrics and not enough time!! I will definitely be using this tutorial!!

  17. Kara says:

    Wow. I am IN LOVE with this blog and the tutorials. I want to learn how to sew (by hand and machine) and your site has small, simple projects that would be perfect to start with (and make fantastic presents too).

  18. vicki terpstra says:

    Wanted to post a follow up comment to my last one to say that I finally have had success in opening the pdf. Looks awesome. Thank you so much.

  19. vicki terpstra says:

    I love the look of these patchwork notebooks. I’ve downloaded the tutorial three times now and am continually getting an error “file damaged”. I also have clicked the link to open from the page rather than to do the right click/save as and am getting the same thing.

    Anyone have any ideas? I’d love to have this tutorial. Given all the comments it seems that I must be the only one not able to open this tut. Strange.

  20. Kathy says:

    Thanks so much for the tutorial…….I love it. It is on my list of things to do and then I will have a nice notebook cover for my to do list! Hugs~

  21. Elaine says:

    What perfect timing.

    Last night I was just thinking about making one
    of these for a gift!!!

    Thank you!

    Wonderful fabric, too!

    I am new to quilting, but think I could make this! 🙂


  22. Shannon H says:

    Thank you for sharing!! Adorable and a must have!

  23. Sandra says:

    Oh my , how many times I have wanted to make one like this….!

  24. duff says:

    super cute and perfect for my friends with teen-age girls!

  25. andrea says:

    Looks like a great project!

  26. Miriam says:

    Thank you so much for the tutorial for the notebooks. I just love them. Where did you ever get the fabric with the lines on it like kids use to do their writing on?

  27. Sandy says:

    What a nice tutorial. It looks very cute and I’m looking forward to making one. Thank you!

  28. Christine says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial. I have some birthdays coming up that these would be perfect.

  29. Danielle says:

    Thank you so much for the tutorial. This is too cute. I am going to try to make a couple for my kids.

  30. Stacy says:

    This is perfect timing. I have a month to make a present for a little boy in my life, and had already decided upon a composition book cover. I hadn’t quite decided how I was going to put a pen holder on it. Little did I know that SMS would go so far as to figure out the dimensions and instructions for me. Thanks!

  31. Tina says:

    I love the “pen goes here” part. Too cute!

  32. Lacey says:

    This is a beautiful example of color blocking and quilting. I love the zig-zag of the fabric detail. Great tutorial!


  33. Water Works says:

    This is right on time because I need to make one for my son’s easter basket. I had planned a simpler one, but will now get some “boy” patchwork going on!

  34. Desiree says:

    these are adorable.

  35. Christina says:

    I love those! I’m such a sucker for pretty notebooks!

  36. bruinbr says:

    Great tutorial! This cover is so cute!

  37. Ashley Ann says:

    That looks so cool!

  38. Elizabeth says:

    I was ironing fabric yesterday for a quilt thinking of all the great tutorials Elizabeth posted and hoping y’all would find somebody to take her place. I’m so thrilled to see the monthly fabric focus from JCHandmade. Can’t wait to see the rest!

  39. Lori says:

    Love this idea, can’t wait to get started on a few, Thanks!

  40. Cheryl says:

    What a sweet book cover! Thanks so much for sharing!

  41. Cindy says:

    great, I love Jennifer’s patterns.

  42. ~Helena~ says:

    That is super cute. Thanks.

  43. Becky says:

    These covers are adorable! Thanks for sharing!

  44. Mary says:

    Love this! Thanks so much for an awesome tutorial!

  45. susan says:

    I live in Ohio too — and have had enough of the snow, already! Thanks for the great tutorial 🙂

  46. sara says:

    Love love the writing paper fabric and embroidery.

  47. Wendy says:

    Love it! And, giving permission to create and sell similar items using your great pattern is might generous! Thanks!

  48. Lizzy says:

    What a lovely idea – I think the embroidery is particularly cute.

  49. Maeve says:

    I’m definitely going to download this project. Love the fabrics and colors chosen, along with the embroidery. I entered to win one of the kits, they are so pretty! Thanks for the download!

  50. Stephanie says:

    I love this idea. So very cute!! I am considering whipping up a few myself. Check out my new blog for similar crafty musings:

  51. Cricket says:

    Awesome! I just passed by a huge stack of composition books at Target for 50 cents each, but they were ugleee. I’ll have to pop on over and pick some up, now.

  52. Jenny says:

    Beauty!! I love those fabrics and the pen pocket is brilliant!

  53. I love those colors. So deliciously bright and cheerful!

  54. Kimberly says:

    These are just beautiful, my mum loves both patchwork and notebook so this is an ideal Mothers Day prezzie for her, I’ll start today!

  55. Trish says:

    Love this!
    Thanks for the tutorial…..

  56. Jasmin A. says:

    Great tutorial.
    Easy for beginners like me 🙂

  57. Laura says:

    I want to whip one of these up right now! Thanks 🙂

  58. mimi says:

    thank you for sharing this pattern with us, I look forward to making a few of these for family members

  59. Vicki K says:

    Jennifer is so clever! I love all the things she makes.

  60. Bonnie says:

    Thanks for the tutorial, I think I might make one for my quilt notes..

  61. Anita says:

    I think I’m going to give it a try!

  62. Donna says:

    Thank you to SMS and Jennifer for the tutorial, it looks awesome.

  63. Alice S says:

    lovely! and a great idea.

  64. simone says:

    Such a lovely cover and a great tutorial. Thank you!

  65. jamie bender says:

    Beautiful. thanks for the tutorial 🙂

  66. Lorrie says:

    pretty and bright – perfect for a quick project.

  67. Shelly P. says:

    I love this! I’ve been looking for a good tutorial.

  68. Greeblygreebly says:

    How cute and clever!

  69. Kaye Prince says:

    Very cute! I love anything patchwork, and this notebook cover is darling!

  70. Lynne says:

    I love these! Thanks for the tutorial!

  71. DebbieB says:

    Very nice and I love the fabrics. After snow again yesterday I am longing for spring and these have a big hint of it!

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