This is my daughter’s very first Valentine’s Day in a school-like setting. She is 16 months old and I’m lucky that her daycare only holds 6 kids. Keeping in mind the small class size and the fact that most of the kiddos are between the ages of 1 & 3, I wanted to create something personalized for all of her little buddies — something cute, fun, entertaining… and sugar-free;). Introducing the Valentine Doodle Pad!
This little notebook is based off of a Make-It Take-It project that we created for Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores in September of 2014. The Travel Crayon Holder was a no-sew project, large enough to hold 3 crayons and a mini paper pad, small enough to fit in a back pocket. The Valentine Doodle Pad has been size adjusted to fit 6 crayons and a larger pad. It’s a quick sew, which is especially handy if you’re creating more pads for a larger class size!
Valentine Doodle Pad
One 7″ x 10″ rectangle of interior fabric
One 8″ x 10″ rectangle of exterior fabric
Coordinating fabric scraps for appliqué
One 7″ x 10″ rectangle of Pellon® 71F Peltex® I Ultra Firm 1-Sided Fusible
One sheet of Pellon® EZ-Steam® II
23″ length of coordinating decorative elastic
Sewing machine & related supplies
Rotary cutter & related supplies
Appliqué Scissors (I use these from Fiskars)
Step 1 – Gather your supplies.
Step 2 – Place the fusible side of the Peltex® I rectangle against the wrong side of the interior fabric and fuse following manufacturer’s instructions.
Step 3 – Cut 13″, 6″ and 4″ lengths of elastic.
Step 4 – Fold the Peltex® I rectangle in half lengthwise (so that the unit is 5″ x 7″) and finger press the fold to mark sides. Open the rectangle.
Step 5 – Position the 4″ length of elastic about 1″ in from the raw edge on the top right side of the rectangle. Pin in place. Center the 6″ length of elastic on the vertical of the left side. Mark the center with one pin. Place pins every 3/4″ on either side so that there are six 3/4″ sections.
Step 6 – Stitch the elastic down on each pinned mark to create the crayon and pad holders. Backstitch at the beginning and end of each to secure. Trim threads.
Step 7 – Cut one 7″ x 10″ rectangle of EZ-Steam® II. Remove the non-gridded paper backing and finger press the sticky side to the Peltex® I. Remove the gridded backing, center onto the wrong side of the exterior fabric rectangle and finger press in place. Fuse following manufacturer’s instructions.
Step 8 – Cut notches at a slight outward angle at each corner.
Step 9 – Fold the raw edge of one side in to meet the top of the Peltex® I unit and press. Fold in over the Peltex® I unit and secure with clips (or pins — whichever you prefer!) Repeat for all four sides. Topstitch around all four sides with a zig zag stitch. Trim threads.
Step 10 – Fold unit in half and press to create cover. Set aside.
Step 11 – To personalize the doodle pad with a child’s first name initial, print out desired letter in a bold font. Trace letter in reverse onto the gridded paper backing of the EZ-Steam® II (I mistakenly traced onto the non-gridded backing — either will work!) Remove opposite backing and finger press sticky side to the wrong side of the appliqué fabric.
Step 12 – Cut letter out along drawn lines. Remove remaining backing and finger press sticky side to the right side of the doodle pad cover. Fuse following manufacturer’s instructions.
Step 13 – Center the 13″ length of elastic on the doodle pad cover exterior as shown below. Stitch in place along the center fold, backstitching at the beginning and end to secure.
Step 14 – Tie ends in a knot to create the doodle pad closure as shown below.
Happy sewing and here’s hoping that your kiddos enjoy this one! I sent the whole set to daycare yesterday and they were a big hit!! Happy Valentine’s Day!
xo — Erin at Pellon