Creative endeavors every M-W-F.
I instantly fell in love with Curious Doodles’ DIY Geometric Pocket Notebook Embroidery Kit when I saw it on Pinterest. I explored their Etsy shop and found all sorts of inspiring things!
Apart from the DIY embroidery kits, they also have line of embroidered greeting cards with phrases like “hellz yeah” and “fo shizzy.” I particularly liked “thanks yo” because it reminded me of Jesse, one of the lead characters in the TV show Breaking Bad (You MUST watch this series!!!). The laser cut paper posters are gorgeous, too. Me. Want. Laser. Cutting. Machine.
Anyway, I couldn’t get over this simple yet striking geometric pattern of the DIY notebook kit. The holes are laser cut though so the spacing is very precise. I entertained the idea of doing my own version with a sheet from a math notebook but decided against it.
I came up with a diamond design to feed my geometric-jealousy, and started poking and sewing!
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to document the steps because I was too excited to finish.
But for my second embroidered notebook, I made sure to document each step for you guys!
What you need:
Step 1: Print or draw your desired design, and trace it by drawing dots to indicate where the holes will be. Position it on the front cover of your notebook and tape into place.
Step 2: Place the hand towel behind the notebook cover and start poking holes with your needle. The towel will protect your work surface or your notebook’s inside pages. You can use a small flat object to push or “hammer” the needle, so you won’t hurt your fingers. I used my camera’s lens cap.
Step 3: When you have all your holes outlining your design, remove the design and start sewing! Make sure the knot is in the inside of the notebook. Have your design handy so you can refer to it as you sew. It feels like those connect-the-dots activity books we had as kids. When you’re done trim the excess thread from your knots.
Step 4 (Optional): If you want to hide the stitching at the back of the cover, glue an inner pocket. Look at the mess I made for the Diamond notebook!
For the first notebook, I used an old window envelope. For the second, I made my own pocket using two pieces of paper and washi tape. I cut off one corner of the front piece so, just like the window envelope, it’s easy to see the contents.