It’s tutorial time! Imagine planning your life and creative endeavors all in one neat notebook. With a Midori style notebook like this Stitchidori you can. It starts out as a fabric cover with elastic straps – then you to add your own notebooks, diaries, sketchbooks etc. for instant personalisation. Visit YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram for a mountain of inspiration and tips.
The Stitchidori tutorial here can hold up to five notebooks or combination of folders, zip pouches and diaries. It can be used for keeping track of your online spending, handmade orders, children’s keepsake journals or as a diary – the possibilities are endless.
The trick is to use heavy weight Vilene on the cover and light weight Vilene on the lining. You’ll also need some round elastic which is available in most fabric stores.
Cut a pattern template 23cm x 27cm. Using this template cut
- 1 main fabric
- 1 heavy weight Vilene
- 1 lining fabric
- 1 light weight Vilene
Also cut binding
- 100cm x 3cm (can be joined if using fat quarters)
- 1 @ 7cm x 23cm fabric and light weight Vilene
- 1 @ 9cm x 23cm fabric and light weight Vilene
- 2mm elastic – 2 @ 4cm (inner elastic loops)
- 2mm elastic – 1 @ 48cm (inner elastics to hold inserts)
- 3mm elastic – 1 @ 27cm (outer elastic closure)
- 20mm elastic – 1 @ 4cm (pen holder)
Fuse heavy weight Vilene to main fabric OR match up sew-in Vilene to main fabric
Fuse light weight Vilene to lining and matching pocket pieces.
Double neaten one long edge of each pocket. Press with iron.
Sew narrow pocket to other pocket down the centre.
Stay stitch elastic pieces as shown.
Sew the two pockets onto the lining along the outside edges. Left hand side.
With wrong sides together, sew the lining to the main piece around all 4 edges.
Starting on the inside, along the bottom edge, sew the binding with a 6mm seam.
Stop and back tack 6mm before the corner.
Fold the binding as show to create mitred corner.
Begin sewing with a back tack 6mm in from the corner and continue around remaining 3 corners.
Mark where the binding needs to join and add 12mm seam. Cut excess off.
Fold the Stitchidori so you can sew the binding ends with the 6mm seam.
Finish sewing the binding.
Turn the binding to the outside and fold under twice. When you get to the corners fold as shown.
Thread the last length of elastic through the loops and tie.
Add your inserts and start planning!
You are more than welcome to make and sell Stitchidori’s using this tutorial – but only in quantities less than 20 (ie NOT mass production) and please continue calling them Stitchidori’s. Thanks and good-luck!