Update: Sorry for the pattern trouble. The paper pieced pattern for the pencil (say that three times fast!) is here .

We’re lucky to have Charise Randell of Charise Creates back with us! Charise designs paper piecing patterns and more. She’s joined us with her pretty Spring Kaleidoscope Pillow and the Spring Blossom Quilt Block. This Sketch Book Cover features a paper pieced pencil, a little embroidery and a pocket too! Designed to fit a standard Moleskine notebook, these would make lovely gifts.

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I love to have a sketch book in my bag at all times to jot down ideas or just to doodle! They are also great for list writing and immortalizing all your fabulous ideas!

Since I change my bag often, I designed a sketch book cover that has a handy pocket on the back to keep your pen or pencils. There is nothing worse than wanting to write down or sketch an idea but not being able to find a pencil in your purse. This happens to me often, thus the design for this handy sketch book cover! This cover has a paper pieced pencil on the cover and embroidery detail.

This is also a great project to make for young artists; it’s a perfect portable sketch book with everything in place!

The cover is designed for a Moleskine notebook size 5” x 8 1/4”.

* All Fabric requirements are based on 44”/45” fabric unless otherwise noted.

Fabric Linen Shell – 1/4 yard
– Front – 1 square 5 1/4 ” x 7 3/4”

Fabric Lining, Cover Border Trim, Pencil Pocket – 1/2 yard
– Inside Flaps – 2 – 9 1/4” x 8”
– Inside Lining – 1 – 9 1/4” x 11 1/2”
– Cover Border Trim – 2 strips 1 1/4” x 7 3/4”, 2 strips 1 1/4” x 11 1/2”
– 2 Pencil Pocket Flaps
– Pencil Pocket 1 – 4 1/4” x 10 1/2”

Fabric – Solid White Pencil
– Small Scrap White

Fabric – Pencil Lead and Bottom
– Small Scrap Solid Color

Light Weight Interfacing, 20” wide – 1/2 yard
– 1 – 9 1/4” x 11 1/2” Cover Back
– 2 – 9 1/4” x 4” Lining Flaps
– 1 Pencil Pocket Flap
– 1 – 4 1/4” x 5 1/4” Pencil Pocket

Other Supplies:

  • Moleskine Sketch Book size 5” x 8 1/4”
  • Poket Flap pattern
  • 90/14 size sewing machine needle
  • 1 piece light-weight copy paper or vellum
  • 11” 1/4 – 1/2” wide ribbon
  • Velcro (hook and loop) 3/4” x 1”
  • Matching thread
  • Fine pins
  • Chalk or fabric marking pen
  • Embroidery needle
  • Embroidery floss (I used one strand Size 8 perle cotton)
  • Acrylic ruler or “add a quarter” ruler
  • Rotary cutter
  • Self healing mat
  • Transfer paper

Finished Size: 5 1/2” x 8 3/4”, All seam allowances are 1/4” unless otherwise noted.

1. Apply the interfacing following manufacturer directions:
– Apply each of the 9 1/4” x 4” pieces to one side of the Shell Fabric inside flaps back.
– Apply the interfacing to one Pencil Flap Back.
– Apply the 4 1/4” x 5 1/4” rectangle to one side Pencil Pocket Back.
– Apply the large 9 1/4” x 11 1/2” interfacing piece to the wrong side of the Shell Fabric Front panel after the entire cover is constructed. See #12 below.

2. Print out or trace the pattern on to light weight copy paper or vellum. The pattern for the paper piecing can be found here, with a colored version of the fabrics on the front here The pattern for the flap can be found here. The pattern for the embroidery can be found here.

Assemble the Cover
Paper piece the colored pencil as follows:
3. Set your stitch length to 16 – 18 stitches per inch. This will make it easier to remove the foundation paper when you are finished stitch the block together.

4. Starting with A1, cut a piece of fabric at least 1/2” larger than the section. Place the fabric piece, right side up, on the wrong (unprinted side) of the pattern A1; be sure to cover the entire section. Hold the paper up to the light to help position the fabric.

Pin or use fabric glue to position the fabric piece.

Flip the pattern over so the right side of the pattern is facing you and fold on the line between A1 and A2. Trim 1/4” beyond the line. This is your seam allowance.

5. Flip the pattern piece back over so the fabric is facing you. Place the adjacent fabric piece, A2 right sides together with A1 matching raw edges. Fold back the fabric piece to make sure it completely covers A2.
Pin in place.

6. Stitch on the line between A1 and A2, back tacking at ends.

7. Add the remaining pieces of fabric in numerical order following Steps #4-6.

8. Change your stitch length to 10 – 12 stitches per inch. Stitch the 5 1/8 ” x 7 5/8” rectangle to the left side of the block. Press seam open.

9. Stitch the 1 1/4” x 7 3/4” printed strips to each vertical side of the cover. Press seam toward border.

10. Stitch the 1 1/4” x 11 1/2” Strips to the top and bottom of the cover. Press seam toward border.

11. Transfer the “Stitch” letter to the front cover referring to the pattern for placement. I used transfer paper sandwiched between the “Stitch” pattern and the cover. Embroider the “Stitch” lettering with a back stitch. A tutorial for back stitch can be found here.

12. Fuse the 9 1/4” x 11 1/2” of interfacing to the wrong side of the cover following manufacturer directions.

Make the Pencil Pocket:
13. Press Pocket in half along the short edge wrong sides together. Unfold. Find the center of the fold line and place the velcro square 1/4” from the fold. Pin in place. Edge stitch around the square.

14. Find the center of one of the flaps by folding the piece in half. Place the Velcro square 1/2” from the raw edge. Pin in place. Edge stitch around the square.

15. Place the flap pieces right sides together and sew around the raw edges leaving a 2” opening at the top for turning. Press seams open. Clip corners. Turn right side out and press. Edge stitch around the flap.

16. Place the pocket right sides together and sew around the raw edges leaving a 2” opening for turning on the bottom edge. Press seams open. Clip corners. Turn right side out and press.

17. Position the pocket 1/4” in from the bottom and side border. The Velcro square will be facing you. Pin in place. Edge stitch leaving the top folded edge open. Mark two vertical lines 1 1/4” from each other. Stitch on the lines. This will create the channels for the pens or pencils.

18. Position the flap 1/4” in from the top and side border and pin in place. The Velcro square will be hidden. Edge stitch the top edge.

Assemble the Sketch Book Cover:
19. Fold the two squares 9 ¼” x 8” in half along the long side, wrong sides together. Place each folded rectangle on the lining, right side together, along both 9 ¼” edges. Pin in place.

20. Hem the ribbon with a 1/4” twice turn. Place the ribbon to the top right, 1/8” from the center on the lining right side. Baste in Place.

21. Place the outside cover right sides together with the lining. Stitch around perimeter leaving a 3” opening at the bottom. Clip corners.

Turn right side out, press. Hand slip stitch the opening closed.

Voila`! You have completed your “sketch” book cover!