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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    Adriana Arrigoni
    September 20, 2013 at 7:16 am


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    Janet Moilanen
    September 20, 2013 at 7:24 am

    Hi Natasha,
    my last sewing project was new curtain panels for my sewing room. (I used the old panels to make slip covers for my sewing chairs.) I love Erin’s patterns and construction suggestions. I made her Sammy Bag for a friend and have the Daytripper pattern cut out in 2 sizes – ready to go. I only have to make up my mind about which size and what fabrics – that’s all! Thanks for the chance to win her organizer!

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    September 20, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Hi, great zebra print, really like the way that came out. I’m also a huge fan of Erin’s patterns, and I’d love the chance to make the notepad organizer. Last project I finished was chrisw designs dawn to dusk backpack.

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    September 20, 2013 at 8:52 am

    How awesome! I agree Erin has the best instructions and TONS of photos! I’ve learned all I know about seeing from blogs and tutorials and PDF patterns with photos and goooooooolly, I bought a “regular” pattern with just word instructions znd I could NOT do it. Would love to win anything from Erin!

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    September 20, 2013 at 9:21 am

    I am looking for Christmas gift ideas and this would be perfect. I am a serious list maker and a cute little keeper like this would make all those To-Do’s a little fun.
    Would love to win this and try one of Erin’s patterns. My last and current sewing project is drapes for my dining room. Simple grommet top panels, but at 102″ they are a lot of fabric to run through my machine. Thanks for the great post

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    Michelle Mc
    September 20, 2013 at 10:29 am

    I have been going through a slump with sewing lately. I am too busy doing school with the children during the day and only seem to get mending projects finished at night.

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    September 20, 2013 at 10:49 am

    My current project is patchwork curtains for my bedroom using Bali light and dark batiks. BUT I have loads of WIPs, including Erin’s new backpack pattern. I, too, LOVE her stuff!

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    Bagmaking Blog Hop – Day 5! - Dog Under My Desk
    September 20, 2013 at 10:55 am

    […] Friday everyone! Head on over to my friend Natasha’s blog Houseful of Nicholes today to see her version of the my Notepad Organizers (with sticky notes!!) and enter to win a copy […]

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    September 20, 2013 at 10:58 am

    My last project was a make-up bag for a friend. Before that, I finished 8 purses and 10 wristlets in 2 days (stockpiling for a craft show).

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    Nancy at PugMomQuilts
    September 20, 2013 at 10:59 am

    I just finished some Star Trek pillowcases for my brother’s birthday. Love the notepad cover–zebra and hot pink is my favorite color combination!

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    Kristin V
    September 20, 2013 at 11:03 am

    My last project was shortening curtains that came with our new (to us) house. All curtains were 84 inches long, regardless of the widow height.

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    September 20, 2013 at 11:04 am

    My last sewing project was a wallet. I just asked Erin if she would consider making a wallet pattern since the ones that I followed were not that great. I would love to make a notebook organizer!

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    Anne M
    September 20, 2013 at 11:20 am

    I love this pattern! My last sewing project was a dinosaur theme playmat for my 3yo’s birthday.

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    September 20, 2013 at 11:30 am

    I just finished another Two Zip Hipster from Erin’s pattern.

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    September 20, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Great pattern! My last sewing project was some quick and easy reusable snack bags.

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    September 20, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Such a cute notebook cover!!! Love the print. My last project was a gigantic canvas bag for my mother-in-law. It’s a long story! : )

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    Michelle Broadbent
    September 20, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    My last project (just finished this morning) was a set of three roman shades for my kitchen in a funky, retro patterned fabric!

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    Susan T
    September 20, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    I’ve been too busy to really sew anything other than patches on my son’s Cub Scout uniform.

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    Liz Fane
    September 20, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Love the zebra print! My last finished project was a quilt as you go tote bag. I have a cushion made from pug print fabric in the works and Erin’s Essential Wristlet pattern is printed out for my next project.

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    Linda Maass
    September 20, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    My last project was making backpacks for my daughter and her friends who had just graduated high school.

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    Leslie Sorenson
    September 20, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    I’ve made her wristlets and can say that everything you pointed out about her patterns is true. The last project to come off my machine was a baby quilt for ou guild’s community quilts project.

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    September 20, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    The Last thing I sewed were reusable napkins for my kiddoes to take in their lunch boxes..

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    Andrea @ Mouse in My Pocket
    September 20, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    You’ll have to wait a little bit to see my last sewing project. It’s a bag, but it’s for Purse Palooza in a couple weeks.

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    September 20, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Nice! My last sewing project was a bed runner; currently working on a handbag. Looking forward to exploring your site. Thanks!

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    Jessica D
    September 20, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    I’m in the middle of a couple of projects – just finished a couple of scrub hats for work, in the middle of one of Erin’s two zip hipsters, some skirt hemming, a makeup brush roll…

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    September 20, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    The last thing I sewed was 30 prayer caps for our churchs production of Fiddler on the Roof 😉

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    September 20, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Love the zebra print! My most recent project was travel jewlelry pouches for my sister-in-law and mother-in-law. They were a big hit!

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    September 20, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    My last sewing project was making a pattern from a thrift store skirt that fit me perfectly. That was in the summer. Haven’t had time since then to sew 🙁

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    September 20, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Hi Natasha! This is adorable! I made a bag out of zebra print and hot pink fabrics, as a gift for my niece, last spring. I should make her one of these to go with it.

    My last project was a custom bag order. And btw, how nice “running into you” this way. 🙂

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    Linda Armenti
    September 20, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Great job on the notebook! A very sassy combination of fabric and who doesn’t love to carry around something pretty to write in. Great work, can’t wait to browse and see the bags you’ve made.

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      Linda Armenti
      September 20, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      Totally forgot to put my last project since I was so into my comment. Last project was a Triple Zip Pouch for a swap. One for her, one for me!!

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    September 20, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Love the zebra print! Hope I win!

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    Deb F
    September 20, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Loe the notepad cover! I have been working on. Civil war sampler quilt.

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    Carla G
    September 20, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    My last project was gym bags for my kids for school. And I’m currently sewing pants for my son. 🙂 Thanks for a chance to win this great pattern! 🙂

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    Ricki Duke
    September 20, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    The last sewing project was a little dress for my 3 year old grand daughter. She picked out the fabric and I chose the pattern.

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    September 20, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    My last sewing project was just rehemming the dress I made for my daughter in January. It was coming out, so I redid it with the coverstitch machine.

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    September 21, 2013 at 2:26 am

    I would love to win this pattern 🙂 They would make great Xmas presents. My last project was an owl pillow called Owlivia 🙂

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    Suzanne T.
    September 21, 2013 at 7:18 am

    I love this! It would make great gifts for my friends and family. Or a few made ahead for those unexpected gifts. Her patterns are great!

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    Suzanne T.
    September 21, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Oops! Forgot the last sewing project. I hemmed three pair of pants for my beautiful, but short daughter-in-law. Before that I made some summer t shirts for me. Have a bag cut and waiting to find just the right lining.

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    September 21, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Love your fabric choice! The last project that I made was a book bag. I always like having a notebook in my handbag, so would love to try out Erin’s pattern.

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    Jacklynn Grimm
    September 21, 2013 at 8:09 am

    My last sewing project was a purse for one of my co-worker’s birthdays which was last Saturday. I used the blue Tula Pink Salt Water fabric and gray Essex linen – turned out great! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    September 21, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Natasha, this holder looks so cool! I like the idea of using sticky notes!

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    Lisa Marie
    September 21, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    I recently finished a blue and white log cabin quilt that I had pieced years ago. I am so happy with the finished quilt that I wonder why it was a UFO for so long.

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    September 21, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    You are right, her patterns are SO detailed. I didn’t realize I was missing this one, but alas, I am. (Here’s to hoping I can win it.) I did just make her new make-up bag, it is awesome and I plan to make a few more of those right away!! Thanks for the chance.

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    LIsa E
    September 21, 2013 at 8:26 pm

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

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    September 22, 2013 at 2:56 am

    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.

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    September 22, 2013 at 6:21 am

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

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    nicole w
    September 22, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    phone pouch was my last project

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    Bagmaking Blog Hop Winners!!! - Dog Under My Desk
    October 1, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    […] – 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 […]

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