Sewing

Personalizing the North Pond Notebook Cover

One of the things I love about the North Pond Notebook Cover pattern is that it can be personalized for almost anyone! For Christmas, I made 2 North Pond Notebook Covers, each with slight modifications and personalized fabric choices. My 14 year old sister and my 4 year old nephew each received their own notebook cover. Few gifts are versatile enough to give to both a teen girl and a preschool boy, but both of them enjoyed their gifts.

For the 4 year old, I chose fabric with cars on it. He loves Hot Wheels and playing with cars. I looked at some other car fabrics that were brighter and more juvenile, but I chose this one because it will grow with him. My 11 year old would still be willing to carry this around without embarrassment.

I used denim for the accent pieces and canvas on the interior (just trying to use what was in my stash) but with heavier weight fabrics throughout, it was a bit bulky to sew. You can see around the edges where the thickness made it difficult to sew straight.

Personalizing the North Pond Notebook Cover sewing pattern | Radiant Home Studio

Since the metal snaps can be hard for little hands, I decided to use hook-and-loop tape for the closure.

Personalizing the North Pond Notebook Cover sewing pattern | Radiant Home Studio

Personalizing the North Pond Notebook Cover with velcro | Radiant Home Studio

I made a second notebook cover for my teen sister, who loves pink, feminine, sparkles, etc. That made it really easy to find fabric she would like. I chose a home decor fabric with fashion scenes from Paris for her cover.

North Pond Notebook Cover | Pink & Feminine | Radiant Home Studio

I left the binding piece off of this cover to showcase the scenes on the fabric. Adding it would have covered up most of the pink and pretty parts.

Personalizing handmade gifts for the recipient makes gift-giving fun! Though neither of these are fabrics I would have chosen for myself, they made the kids happy. I used scraps from my stash for the contrast and lining pieces, and I substituted hardware and closures to make use of what I had. The North Pond Notebook Cover is great for using small pieces of fabric and leftover hardware!

Have you made any modifications or personalized your North Pond Notebook Covers in some way? Share them on FB, Twitter, or IG and tag me! #northpondnotebookcover

Patterns

Best Notebooks to Fit Your Notebook Cover

I’ve received a lot of questions about which notebooks to use with the North Pond Notebook Cover…

North Pond Notebook Cover Pattern |Best Notebooks to Fit Your Notebook Cover| Radiant Home Studio

Chalk and Paint Notebook Cover | Radiant Home Studio

I designed it in two sizes, the larger for composition notebooks and the smaller size for journals and sketchbooks (like large Moleskine notebooks). These are fairly common and easy to find in the US, but some of my friends in the UK and Australia have been unfamiliar with these types of notebooks or their names. I thought it would be helpful to put together a list of notebooks that will work in your North Pond Notebook Covers…

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Chalk and Paint Notebook Cover | Radiant Home Studio

Best Notebooks to Fit Your Notebook Cover:

Notebooks in the US:

  1. Composition Notebooks – These fit in the larger size notebook cover. You should be able to find these at any drug store or big box store for less than $2. And you can usually stock up on them for less when school supplies go on sale! This is the cheapest option and great for kids.
  2. Hard Cover Large Moleskine – This is a basic hardcover lined journal, which could be used for many purposes. Choose the hard cover if you want it to last longer. This fits perfectly in the small notebook cover.
  3. Soft Cover Moleskine Cashier Journals – These are my favorite small journals. These ones have lines, but there are versions with blank pages for sketching too.  This fits into the small notebook cover as well.

North Pond Notebook Cover Pattern | Radiant Home Studio

Notebooks in the UK:

  1. Composition Notebooks – These fit in the larger size notebook cover. I looked to see if these were available at Asda. I didn’t see any on the website, but I would expect them to have something similar. Staples had a few online, but they all had movie characters on them. This is the cheapest paper option and great for kids.
  2. A4 Exercise Books – You can use hard cover A4 notebooks and make size adjustments as indicated in the appendix. I assume these are available in most supermarkets and stationary shops. A4 paper is quite a bit taller than a composition notebook, so you’ll need to add about 2″ to the height and about 3/4″ to the width of the pieces. It’s a pretty easy adjustment, but double check the measurements on your own notebooks to be sure.
  3. Hard Cover Moleskine Notebook – This is a basic hardcover lined journal, which could be used for many purposes. This fits perfectly in the small notebook cover, no adjustments needed.
  4. Soft Cover Moleskine Journals – These are my favorite small journals. These ones have lines, but there are versions with blank pages for sketching too.  This fits into the small notebook cover as well.
  5. A5 Hardback Books – It looks like you can probably find these at most supermarkets too. Any A5 book will fit in the small notebook cover with an easy adjustment. You’ll just need to add 3/4″ to 1″ in width (depending on the thickness of your book) to your pattern pieces.

North Pond Notebook Cover Pattern | Radiant Home Studio

Notebooks in Australia:

I’m less familiar with stores in Australia, so I’m relying on google to help me here. If you have more suggestions, leave them in the comments!

  1. Botany Book – This notebook is very similar size to the composition notebooks and would fit into the large notebook cover. You would need to reduce the height of the pattern by 3/4″ and the width by 1/2″. I like this one because it has blank pages between the lined pages, but you can also get regular 9 x 7 books.
  2. A4 Exercise Book – You will need to make the some adjustments. A4 paper is quite a bit taller than a composition notebook, so you’ll need to add about 2″ to the height and about 3/4″ to the width of the pieces. It’s a pretty easy adjustment, but double check the measurements on your own notebooks to be sure.
  3. A5 Kraft Notebook – This is very similar to the Moleskine notebooks I love. You’ll just need to make the A5 adjustments to the small size- add 3/4″ to 1″ in width (depending on the thickness of your book) to your pattern pieces. Double-check the measurements using the appendix before you begin.
  4. Large Moleskine Notebooks – These are available and will fit the small cover perfectly. The price seems high to me, but maybe you know where you can get a good deal on them!

Hope this helps you shop for the right size notebooks!

Triangle Quilted Sketchbook Cover Tutorial | Radiant Home Studio

Everything I recommended for the small size will also fit into this free quilted sketchbook pattern I have designed as well!