I am not a seamstress - so please forgive any misnomers! (or malapropisms - thanks Anna!)
First a materials list for you:
1 - Outer fabric: 15 3/4" x 11" (I used an upholstery fabric for mine - I liked the weight)
1 - Interfacing same size as above!
1 - Inner fabric same size as above! (I used some quilting cotton print)
1 - Pocket fabric: 15 3/4" x 7"
1 - Pocket trim piece: 15 3/4" x 1 1/2"
2 - Pieces of Ribbon or Strapping 8" long for the ties (finish ends so they won't fray)
**I made my own ties with extra fabric double folded then edge stitched.
Thread to match fabrics, or contrast if you like - the point is the thread will show (I used white, I'm lacking in the colored thread dept)!
**Seams were sewn 3/8".
Step 1 - Iron Interfacing to wrong side of outer fabric piece.
Here is my outer piece with interfacing ironed on - I guess I need to get better at cutting, there's a little overlap, but it can be trimmed off.
Step 2 - Place trim piece right side to right side on one of the long edges of the pocket fabric. Sew using a 3/8" seam, Iron seam flat, then turn under and hem upper edge leaving 1/2 inch or so trim showing. It helps to iron this hem also before sewing.
Here's my trim piece ready to be sewn, and below it's sewn, but not hemmed yet...
Step 3 - If you're making your own ties, do that now... The way I did mine was pretty simple. I cut two pieces of my inner fabric 2"x8", then double folded the edges and topstitched the open edge. They turned out about 1/2" wide.
This is showing the trim piece on the pocket, and the ties I made, getting ready to layer it for sewing to the cover fabric.
Step 4 - Now it's time to put it together!!! Lay your inner fabric right side up, place pocket fabric right side up, lining up lower and side edges. Lay tie pieces just above pocket fabric, making sure to leave about 3/4" hanging off of the edges. Layer outer fabric, WRONG side up, on top of all of this and pin well! Make sure to pin ties down well so they don't migrate!
Layered all together, pinned and ready to sew together!
Step 5: Sew together starting in the middle at the top, making sure to secure your stitches at beginning and end, and leave an opening on top of about 4 inches to make it easier to turn. I also double stitched over the place where the ties were attached, just for extra strength. Once you have the layers together, iron it nice and flat, then whipstitch it closed and topstich around 1/8" to finish the edges.
Step 6: Start your pencil marks from the topstitching on the side edge, and make parallel lines every 3/4 inch. This is where you will sew the little pockets for the pencils. I made 10 pencil slots, and one notebook slot.The notebook that will fit is one about the size of a composition book. I didn't have a composition book handy, so just stuck a notepad in there for the picture. I hope you enjoyed this, and please let me know if you have any questions or comments! I think I may try doing this with colored fabrics which would match the pencils, and a quilted notebook pocket too... we'll see!