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Zebra Print List Making: A Dog Under My Desk Pattern

Zebra Print List Making: A Dog Under My Desk Pattern

I’m pretty sure, it’s no longer a secret that I really like the patterns from Dog Under My Desk. I mean, I’ve made her Essential Wristlet, Quick Zip Lunch Bag, Zip and Go, and even her Daytripper (one of my favorite bags ever!) So, when Erin decided that she was going to do a Blog Hop featuring all of her patterns, I was excited to participate. My pattern was her Notepad Organizers. Who knew that a random encounter on Twitter would turn into a fast friendship. I even met her last month to participate in a Sew-a-thon for a women’s shelter in the western suburbs.

Let me tell you, the level of detail that Erin puts into her patterns is second to none. She takes a TON of photos, and creates several prototypes before sending them out to pattern testers for a final run through. Her perfectionism is refreshing to say the least! You’ll be able to follow the instructions easily, and she’s very open with giving other alternatives and using a language point easily understood. And seriously, she takes a TON of photos. You won’t be guessing what steps are missing.

For my notepad organizers, I chose a zebra print upholstery fabric with a hot pink lining, since I was already on a roll with that combo. I also snagged black elastic because I couldn’t find zebra print, or hot pink elastic anywhere. I think the next time I make these, oh yes, there will be a next time, I’ll take her suggestion and get some hair elastic bands and cut those to match. These would be great to put into goodie bags for a birthday party full of 5 year olds who just HAVE to have something to write on at all times.


The size you see here is the medium notepad organizer. I have a small one cut out, but the littles aren’t letting me be great this week, so I’ll have photos of that later.


I think that I was probably slightly punch drunk after finishing this. It was somewhere after three in the morning, and this was the fourth project that had come off of my sewing machine. I’m a sewing beast.  Can’t forget my discount card for JoAnn’s! This makes a perfect go to notepad for ideas that I may have or to stick scraps of fabric to match up on my days venturing into the store. It closes up nicely as well. No puckering, or pulling, and that’s what I love. A pattern that perfectly comes together. I didn’t expect anything less though from Erin.

Because this is a blog hop, there’s a surprise! Just comment below with your last sewing project, and you’ll be entered to win this pattern for yourself, and then you can make a ton of organizers, make lists in them (or not) and then make some more. Yep. I just said that really confusing thing up there. Either way, enter to win a PDF version of this pattern, and make great stuff. Comments close on Sunday at 11:59 pm, and are open to anyone! Good luck.

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Bagmaking Blog Hop Winners!!! - Dog Under My Desk

Tuesday 1st of October 2013

[…] - Jenn from knit ‘n lit Essential Wristlet - Brooke from Custom Style Notepad Organizers - Natasha from Houseful of Nicholes Zip & Go - Kristy from St. Louis Folk Victorian Sammy Bag - Isabela from Ohh Leela! Bigger on […]

nicole w

Sunday 22nd of September 2013

phone pouch was my last project


Sunday 22nd of September 2013

Love these notebook holders! my last project was patchwork curtains for my sewing room.


Sunday 22nd of September 2013

Erin's hipster bag was the first sewing pattern I ever bought, and I learned a ton from it. I have several of her other patterns, but my clear favorite is the Daytripper.

I'm currently making another hipster bag for a friend. I think a notepad organizer will go really well with it.

LIsa E

Saturday 21st of September 2013

I just made some lined drawstring bags. They will be used to house gifts.

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