by Good Girl Gordie
This is written with gratitude to the planner community for inspiration.
Sew goodbye to eyelets in your planners. They are difficult and unnecessary.
I sew my own traveler notebooks and wanted something lightweight, flexible and
washable for the interior structure. I have found plastic needlepoint mesh to be the
perfect solution. A sheet is less then one dollar purchased at a craft store and is
sized 13.5” x 10.5”. It keeps a firm shape wrapped around inserts and will open flat.
You can use it for bands by cutting two small squares out and stitching them to the
interior then just push your elastic through the holes and tie it off. This method will
also work to adapt a wallet or a passport holder to string in a few bands. I have also
used the mesh on a ring binder with elastic to hold a pen or pencil it cuts easily
with scissors, more elastic can be sewn on to hold other tools.
When I make my notebook covers I cut the front and back panels and leave out the
spine panel because notebook inserts have enough structure one their own. This
also keeps the entire cover flatter and takes up less volume in my bag. However,
you can also use two layers of mesh to make a stronger spine panel if you wish. I
hope this low cost solution helps those who make their own covers because we all
want something specific to our individual needs.
Thank you all in the planning community for the hours of help and information you have generously given.
From Good Girl Gordie.