Learn how to add a pen loop to a notebook – and make it your own style with some washi tape decoration.
My kids are really into notebooks lately. They love them!
One day I’ll show you the gorgeous planner that Little Miss got recently from KikkiK but today I’m showing off the notebook of Mr Happy. He’s 9 (shh, I may have had to double-check that he’s 9, not still 8!) and he loves to draw. The other day he came to me and asked for a journal notebook to write in – something new but good in my book.
We searched a little and found a “spare” stashed on my desk that was not too girly – A5 size notebook covered in plain grey linen with an elastic to keep it closed. Perfect!
However, he wanted a loop for the pen. That way he could keep his favourite pen right there ready to write when he felt the urge. He has been writing down 3 good things each day plus a few notes on stuff that has happened, and I totally want to encourage that habit.
The pen loop is simply a small piece of black elastic. It is 2.5cm (1″) wide (just because that’s what I had in my sewing stash) and about 5cm long.
Fold the elastic in half to make a loop and stitch the ends together with a few running stitches. If you’re not a stitcher, you could glue or staple the elastic instead. Then use strong craft glue to attach it to the inside back cover of the book. I used Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive from Spotlight or Amazon which dries clear and quickly.
Mr Happy raided my washi tape stash for some tape he liked too and added a couple of strips.
TIP: Tuck the edges of the washi tape inside the cover so stop them lifting.
Now he is all set to write a few notes each day in his special notebook.