These make charming graduation gifts, and that is exactly what I am doing with this batch.
First, buy a Moleskine notebook. I got mine in a three-pack at Barnes and Noble. Any notebook that has a thin cardboard cover will do.
Make sure that you change your needle in the machine to a Heavy Duty/Denim needle. Sewing through cardboard will dull your needle quickly so you may need to change your needle after 4 or 5 notebooks.
Take your fabric scraps and arrange them in a design you like on the cover of the notebook.
Remember your design or take a picture to refer to as a guide.
Starting with your undermost fabric lightly glue the fabric in place. Or just hold the fabric steady with your hands as you are sewing. I found this to be easier as the stiff cardboard and the tight hold of the presser foot caused the fabric to shift despite the glue. I used the holding method for the 2nd notebook I made, and it worked better for me. You will see the difference in the photos at the end of this post.
Choose a decorative stitch to begin sewing with. Don't choose one that is too complicated or goes back and forth too excessively. That doesn't seem to work well with the cardboard. I just chose a simple zigzag. Stitch the fabric in place beginning and ending beyond the border of your fabric. This adds a nice touch.
Make sure you clip all your loose threads after each fabric piece is sewn in place. If you don't you will have a tangle of loose threads to deal with.
Continue with the other pieces of fabric.
On the inside you will have a multitude of stitching lines. This can be a great place to write who the book is for.
You could also fold the first page in half lengthwise, stitch up the sides, and insert a cash gift for the graduate.
Two finished products!