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You've got to have a pen to go with that Moleskine. Here's my solution.
 
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Step 1: Cut the elastic to size.

I used 1 inch wide elastic although you could use wider for a larger pocket. It needs to have some overlap like I've demonstrated in the picture. The final circle needs to be small enough so that it fits on the front cover snugly.

For this project, I cut the elastic 21 inches long, so that it would fit a large Moleskine (8 inch x 5 inch).

Step 3: Sew the elastic

Now, sew the elastic on three sides. I've added dashed lines to show where my stitching is (the black thread didn't show up very well on the black elastic). This will create an opening at the top for you to insert the pen.
daniehej1 year ago
this is the best solution ever! especially coupled with the suggestion here in the comments saying to use the band of a lone sock. so easy and nonobtrusive. using colourful socks for these bands makes my moleskine even more awesome!
BRILLIANT idea - I went right ahead and made one for my writing journals, and simply couldn't do without it now! Frees up the built-in elastic for section marking, or keeping pages out of the way. A classic!
Hey cool...I made almost the same thing for my Moleskine before seeing this instructable! Great minds think alike ;D
By instead using a a piece of (real elastic) jersey or ribbing, you could make a huge pocket, if wanted. Just wanted to mention it, in case having a bigger pocket would be something for someone... :) E.g. for a cell phone... :) Some fabrics now, even if they're not ribbing, are highly elastic (since they started using higher amounts of lycra/spandex)... You could also make like a phone sock and sew that onto an elastic line the one above (then you could use the top of an odd sock for the pocket, so many cute ones now - and even have both that *and* the pen pocket).
seanosteen6 years ago
This was a perfect design to hold a fisher space pen on a 5" moleskine notebook. I made six of them and handed them out to my GTD frieinds. Here's a photo

http://flickr.com/photos/seanosteen/2589765945/
That link is broken now...
I've already built two holders: one for my notebook, and one for my sketchbook! I used the 1 1/2 inch wide elastic, though. That ended up allowing me enough room for two pens and/or pencils...
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techdude544 years ago
GREAT IDEA!!!! what i find works better in a cinch is the elastic ring on top of an old pair of socks "without a friend" works great though
seabluelee6 years ago
What a great idea! This could be used to keep a pen with any book you wanted to make notes in. I'm going to make a bunch of these for stocking stuffer Christmas gifts.
magictoast6 years ago
Awesome mod. I love how the elastic band idea allows me to use the same holder for other similar sized notebooks. Swappable! :D
Excellent! I love your design! And the mod doesn't convert/destroy/damage your moleskine!