I need to carry my work diary, pen, phone and specs around and got fed up with four fiddly things and only two hands so I made this strap/organiser to keep it all together. It saves time fishing around the floor of the car, in my bag (it’s the Tardis in there), or through my many pockets. My diary is A5 so the measurements reflect this. None of the measurements is critical, as long as the elastic is stretched tight enough to keep the strap on the hard cover, and keep the gubbins on/in the strap. (I think it’s a bit dull in plain black so I gave this to my friend and made another for myself in a stiffened Liberty fabric with blue elastic)
Thanks to http://www.instructables.com/member/thehaggard/ for ‘Sketch Journal with Holders’, it was the inspiration for this re-usable adaptation.
Step 1: Materials and tools
Materials & Tools:
Webbing 3cm wide (I used the strap from a discarded camera bag)
Elastic 3cm wide x 22cm long (also from the discarded camera bag)
Straight pins or chalk/pen for marking the webbing
Sewing machine (or a needle, thread and thimble if you have the patience)
Step 2: Cut to size
Cut the the webbing 38cm long and the elastic into 2 pieces: 1 x 16cm long; 1 x 6cm long
Step 3: Mark the webbing
Measure and mark the webbing (with pins or chalk) at 10cm (the start of the elastic holding part). Measure further along for the width of your phone, further along again for your pen, and further again for your specs /mini maglight/swiss army knife/lipstick - whatever you fancy!
Step 4: Attach elastic
Fold one end of the 16cm piece of elastic by 1cm (this is the hem, so it won’t unravel) and stitch it onto the webbing where the first pin is, sew back and forth 2 or 3 times.