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Period Kit for School – DIY Secret Compartment Notebook Cover Clutch

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I’m so glad you’re here.

You’re looking for the DIY Period Kit for School, right? The one that fits in a SECRET Compartment Notebook?

Notebook with Secret Compartment for Pads - CycleSurvival Kit with Kotex JPriest

I’m here to show you exactly how to make it, but before I share it, you absolutely must know a few things…

Periods are scary for girls at school. I want to make sure that you moms and dads out there are ready to help your daughter SUCCEED with her period at school. Now that you are here, I want your DIY secret compartment notebook to look great. But I also want to make sure you’re ready to help your daughter survive her cycle in a comfortable, dignified way!

If you’re ready to:

  • Pamper your daughter during her period
  • Help your daughter be prepared for her period no matter what
  • Avoid getting mid-day phone calls about “accidents” at school
  • Carry a stylish notebook cover that “does it all”

And best of all help your daughter feel confident about her period, I've got your back!

diy period kitfor school

Here is what you MUST know to get your daughter prepped for handling her period any day, anywhere but ESPECIALLY at school…

Why hide the pads? Plus my recommended feminine hygiene product!

So your daughter has started her period and she is freaked out about bringing pads or tampons to school. Are you afraid of getting a panicked phone call in the middle of the day from the school nurse? I hear ya and I’ve been there too!

MAKE THIS - DIY Notebook Cover with secret pocket for pads! Perfect for teens and college girls when they have period and for every day. VIDEO TUTORIAL!

Back when I was in college, I used to go clubbing in Los Angeles with my friends. We wanted to wear cute clothes but being on your monthly was always a concern back in the day.

One time my monthly started when I was at the club. I went to the car to get a pad from the glove box. After the night was over, we saw a guy looking in my car window and then jump back. When we got to the car, we figured out why: the glovebox had popped open and bright pink pads had fallen over the seats and floor! Not only did the pads protect me while I was dancing, they functioned as “anti-theft devices for my car”. Go pads!

Here’s the thing – you don’t want your daughter’s pads exploding out of her purse in the middle of class, right?

MAKE THIS - DIY Notebook Cover with secret pocket for pads! Perfect for teens and college girls when they have period and for every day. VIDEO TUTORIAL!

No need for bulky pink pads anymore, thank goodness! I recommend U by Kotex CleanWear® by U Pads which come in pretty, slim packages, are easier to conceal, and have better technology to allow you to wear whatever clothes you want when you're on your cycle.

Did you know that some schools won't allow girls to bring their purse or backpack into the restroom with them?

That’s why I created this DIY period kit with a secret compartment for discreetly hiding feminine products. Avoid the embarrassment of being caught unprepared when Aunt Flo calls. This can be used as a clutch style planner/purse – there's a spot for money or a gift card, pens, and a notebook plus a secret compartment on the back for holding pads. Your daughter can easily slide the secret compartment open, slip out a pad and put it in her pocket without anyone knowing!

This hidden compartment notebook cover is much easier to make than it looks – you only need very basic sewing skills. Can you a sew a *mostly* straight line?

You can totally make this secret compartment notebook cover! 

  Notebook with Secret Compartment for Pads - CycleSurvival Kit with Kotex JPriest MAKE THIS - DIY Notebook Cover with secret pocket for pads! Perfect for teens and college girls when they have period and for every day. VIDEO TUTORIAL!

This DIY planner style notebook cover is just part of the cycle survival kit we created for our back to school prep. We shopped at Walgreen's to get other personal care products to help “survive the cycle”, such as nail polish, Eos Lip Balm, and BiC Shaving Products. Some of these items will fit within the notebook cover we created but others will kept at home. Store them in a pretty basket or tote to make her feel special!

Back to School CycleSurvival Kit - MAKE THIS - DIY Notebook Cover with secret pocket for pads! Perfect for teens and college girls when they have period and for every day. VIDEO TUTORIAL!

Items to place inside the notebook cover:

  • Kotex CleanWear® by U
  • Notebook
  • Pens, Pencils
  • Small Scissors
  • Gift card or bank card
  • Small pill box with aspirin or pain reliever

MAKE THIS - DIY Notebook Cover with secret pocket for pads! Perfect for teens and college girls when they have period and for every day. VIDEO TUTORIAL!

You'll need a few crafty supplies to create this project:

  • Two sheets of 9×12 Felt
  • Assorted fabric, two fat quarters' worth
  • Thread
  • 12″ hook and loop tape


  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors
  • Jewelry Pliers
  • Toothpicks
  • Iron and Ironing Board

Find all of these supplies at your local craft store and at some big box retailers. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can use fabric glue to glue the seams of this project together. Also consider borrowing a machine from someone you know or renting a sewing machine at your local sewing machine shop. Even my small town has a sewing machine shop – just google it for your area or ask around.

Are you ready to make this DIY HIDDEN COMPARTMENT Notebook Cover?!

Watch this video to see how I created the secret compartment notebook cover!

The wrap around the cover doubles as a BRACELET – see how to make that here:


Go to Walgreen's to get everything you'd need to make your own #CycleSurvival kit:

Get back to school supplies and essential personal care items like Kotex at Walgreens this fall

These days our daughters don't have to have pads floating around loose in their backpacks and glove compartments, thanks to a secret compartment notebook! You too can create this secret compartment notebook to be prepared on the go, any time. Back to school is about more than shopping for pencils, erasers, and new shoes. Be sure to stop by your local Walgreen's and stock up on personal care essentials like U by Kotex CleanWear® by U, Bic Shaving Products, and Eos Lip Balm.

Do you have a funny period experience? And how do you survive your cycle now?

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Jennifer Priest is a 20+ year designer in the arts & crafts industry and home DIYer with a passion for creativity. An Army veteran raised on a ranch, from her experience, she shares smart DIY projects that save money and fun craft ideas that anyone can make. Besides blogging, Jennifer is a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP, Hypnosis, and MER, and coaches other online entrepreneurs on money mindset, business, and living an intentional life. When not blogging, Jennifer is having adventures in the wilderness, on road trips, playing with her cats, and making paleo food.

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  1. This is great! I love the’anti-theft’ story! I will be sharing this with my niece who is 13…

  2. OH my gosh that anti-theft device story is hilarious! i’m going to have to use that next time I drive in a super busy, crime-ridden city. Other than that, your secret compartment notebook is absolutely GORGEOUS and this is an amazing work of art! [client]

  3. I think it’s a neat idea except that when I was in public AND private school, if I was in class and needed to go change my pad or tampon I wasn’t allowed to bring things like this to the restroom with me. I had to discreetly (which always failed because the wrappers are loud not to mention the shuffling through my booksack) put what I needed in my pocket because we weren’t allowed to bring anything with us. I’m only 19 so it wasn’t all that long ago that I was in school.

      1. I don’t think that that’s it. It’s that schools are constantly wary that children are trying to skip class and are up to no good. If they bring things to the restroom with them then there’s the idea that they are going to the restroom to get out of class and cause mischief instead of because they actually need to go to the restroom. No girl will outright say to a teacher in front of a class hey I’m on my period can I go to the restroom so teachers are unaware of the students motives. In today’s society children are always up to no good especially if they want to leave class.

        1. I have a friend who had a teacher in high school, a little over 10 years ago for her, and he refused to let her go to the bathroom. She knew that she’d started her period, and she has a pretty heavy flow. By the time the class was over, she had bled through both her underwear and her pants. There was blood all over the seat. After that, he started letting girls go to the bathroom in his class.

    1. Love it! I wish I thought of this years ago when my daughter was in school. This journal cover can also be used for the office !

  4. This is amazing! You have a great creativity! But it is a lot of sewing and I don’t think I would have time for that! Do you sell them? It’ll be amazing if you did!

  5. Thank you for stopping by to share your secret compartment notebook cover this week, it is darling and I love the color and charm!! I hope you have a great weekend!

  6. This is such a great idea! It can be a hard thing for a young girl and having something like this would be wonderful! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  7. For just the reason you stated “No purse or backpack” in any classroom for my twin girls, I made pencil cases with pockets. I also like your idea and will pass it on to other mothers of young girls.

  8. How big is the notebook supposed to be. I am twelve and I would really like to make this for me. I have not started my period yet but it would be good just in case.

    1. Hello, It can be as big as you like – you cut the fabric to the size to fit the notebook, about 1″ bigger all the way around. So if the notebook is open and it measure 9″ tall and 14″ wide, cut the fabric to 11″ tall and 16″ wide.

    1. Awesome! I am sharing a no-sew version next month so I hope you will follow me on social media (Facebook is best at facebook.com/jenniferppriestblog) so you’ll get notified when I do. Also, you can sign up for my newsletter to get updates as well.

  9. I am thinking about making this for myself this summer, for when I go back to school in the fall.
    I’m a trans boy, so while my school let’s girls being bags to the bathroom it’s harder for me cause of how they think cause if I’m want to be a boy i should be able to do what the girls in my school can, even though we both have periods.
    So this can actually help me a lot. So thanks for this, and I might even share it with the other trans students that i know to help them as well.

    1. Yeah you can totally make it! The great thing about making it yourself is you can customize it how you want too. I’d love to see a photo when you make it 🙂

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