Erica and I never leave home without a Moleskine notebook (we still like to take notes the old fashioned way with a notebook and pen)! So when our friend Karen (of Lulu Loves Caleb) showed us her fabric embellished Moleskine Cahier Notebook, we jumped at the opportunity to have her show us how she did it. You’ll need a sewing machine, a kraft brown Moleskin Cahier Notebook of any size, a piece of fabric, a glue stick and a pair of scissors.
Start by cutting down your fabric to a size that is small enough to fit on your notebook. We cut a 2.5″ x 5″ rectangle for the pocket sized book and 3″ x 8″ rectangle for the larger book. Glue your fabric to the front cover of your notebook. Start stitching along the edge of the fabric, leaving a small seam. Leaving your needle in the down position, turn your notebook 90 degrees and continue these steps until all four sides are stitched. Knot the ends and trim any excess threads.
It’s possible you won’t be able to stop yourself from sewing fabric to paper…it’s that addicting. The possibilities are endless and you really can’t go wrong with this project. We love the raw edges but of course, you can fold your edges under before sewing. You can also try experimenting with patchwork, using more than one fabric.
(all images by Honestly…WTF)
oh this is great! if only I could sew…
What a wonderful idea. That’s so great. I had to make one, immediately
Love you girls! And love love love Lulu Loves Caleb!
You have a great blog! Thanks for sharing all your great ideas 🙂
hey there! looove this, can’t wait to make them. great gift idea, too! just wondering if this takes a special/heavier needle than standard?
Hey Tessa! A size 12, 14, 16 would work…or any average needle you have for medium weight sewing. Just don’t use a super fine one!
These are so cute…Love the fabric choices.
i love this stuff! all of it! so many great ideas! thanks so much!
Hi, I know this post was from awhile ago but can you tell me where I might get some notebooks like this, I have looked everywhere!
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Is there a way to manually sew it,without the machine? I don’t own a sewing machine 🙁
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I love it! So creative. Thanks for sharing!
hi! i absolutely adore this. any suggestions on where to get cute fabrics?
Scrapbooking can be a great hobby. And it is also a great way to preserve memories and organize them in a way that is fun to look back through later. There are many scrapbook ideas and ways to do it.
First you need to decide if you want a physical scrapbook or a digital scrapbook. Then decide how you want to lay it out
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Thanks for sharing!! xox
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I did something similar to this a few years ago (see the link for the Flickr photos). Thanks for reminding me of how fun and hackable those little cahiers are. 🙂
So easy and so beautiful! I just had to pin it on my DIY file on pinterest. Thank you so much for this idea and these pictures ♡♡♡
@ Naj: If you don’t overload it, I’m sure, you could glue it, too. There is special glue for fabric, too. Or just try to sew it on with a standard hand sewing needle. Protect your fingers in that case, could be hard to stitch through both materials.