How To Make A Notebook Pen Holder

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I carry notebooks everywhere I go these days, just in case I have a brainwave that I need to jot down immediately. But it can be annoying to not be able to find a pen in that moment. So I decided to make a notebook pen holder that fastens onto my notebooks with elastic. This DIY pen holder can be used to make sure you are never caught without a pen when you need it again. And today’s post is how you too can make your own!

How To Make A Note Book Pen Holder

This elastic pen holder makes the perfect gift for anyone who loves to journal. Whether they use a mechanical pencil, fountain pen or coloured pens, these pen holders are great accessories to loop around any notebook cover. And they are pretty simple to make too. It’s a great way to use up your fabric scraps. So let’s make one right now!

What You Need For A Notebook Pen Holder


  • Material for the body of the pen holder – I use colourful quilting cotton, but you could use leather (if your machine is strong enough to sew through this thick material) or cotton canvas. 
  • Fusible interfacing – I use the heaviest type I can find to go with cotton. 
  • Elastic – I use folder elastic, as it comes in so many colours, and it is super stretchy. But you can use standard elastic.
  • A Sewing machine, pins, scissors, ruler and an iron


Notebook Pen Holder DIY

This pen holder will take 2-3 pens and will fit over a standard A5 notebook. For a larger A4 notebook you may wish to use a longer piece of elastic.

I use 3 pieces of fabric – two are 4 inches by 8 inches and one is 4 inches by 12 inches. In addition to this, I use 3 pieces of interfacing, two are 4 inches by 8 inches and one is 6 inches by 4 inches. And I use 9 inches of folder elastic. 

Interfaced material

Firstly, iron and fuse the interfacing to the wrong sides of the fabric. On the longest piece this means that once the fabric is folded right sides together there is only one piece of interfacing sandwiched between the layers.

Fold over the long piece of fabric wrong sides together – this is going to be the pocket of the pen holder.

Place the layers together like this: –

4×8 piece right sides up, folded 12×4 piece right side up with the raw edges to the bottom, elastic with one of the raw ends to the bottom and then 4×8 piece wrong side/interfaced side up. 

Sew round edges

Pin together, noting that the elastic will protrude from the top of the piece. Now sew around the layers, using reinforcing stitches at the beginning and end, and leaving a turning gap of around 3cm at the top where the elastic protrudes. I used a half inch (1cm) seam allowance.

Clip the corners and you may also wish to cut down your seam allowances.

Corners and seam allowance clipped

Push the whole thing the right way out, and use a sharp instrument to push out the corners neatly. Give this a press. You now have a rectangle of fabric with a front pocket, and a long piece of elastic.

Before reattaching elastic

Next, ensuring the elastic does not twist, push the raw end into the turning gap left earlier and pin into place. Sew a topstitch around the fabric layers, securing the other end of the elastic into place. 

Elastic secured

Finally, you may wish to sew down the front of the pocket to give separate pen compartments. I tend to only sew one line of topstitching. 

Finished notebook pen holder


Your elastic pen holder for notebook is finished! Here’s a spiral notebook with pen holder to show you how it will look on an A5 book, but as I said earlier, you may need to adjust the length of elastic for a larger book size, and also please note that this finished holder is slightly smaller than the one I have described above. 

Notebook pen holder DIY - how to make a pen holder that fastens around your notebook with elastic. Never lose your pens again!

These are a brilliant gift idea for a writer, traveler or student. Plus you can make them in their favourite fabrics. And they also are a brilliant idea of something to sell at gift fairs or in an online shop

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Notebook pen holder DIY - how to make a pen holder that fastens around your notebook with elastic. Never lose your pens again!

5 Replies to “How To Make A Notebook Pen Holder”

  1. chickenruby says:

    This pattern has come at the right time for me, I’m in desperate need for one or two for my work notebooks

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      I have them on all my notebooks now because they are so handy!

  2. Julie says:

    These are such a useful idea, perfect for sewing up scraps of cute fabric. A lovely gift for all ages too.

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Thank you Julie, and thank you again for sharing.


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