These notebook organizers are my go to gift, they are practical, pretty, and easy to personalize for the recipient based in the color of fabric that I choose. They have room for a small memo notebook and basic essentials like a credit card, phone, cash, etc. They fold in half and close neatly with an elastic band. Next time, I will add an elastic loop inserted into the interior seam of the memo pocket to hold a short pencil to make it easier to jot down notes on the go.
I used this great, easy to follow tutorial from LBG Studio. She has a great tip about using binder clips in place of straight pins. Talk about a game changer, it works wonders when you are using the heavier interfacing. If you are looking for a practical gift or a notebook for yourself, sew one up!