Out came the bits of card stock (again), with the notepads, and look what was the result:
I cut the card stock to 2" wide and approx 3 1/2" in length, folded it in half and then sewed it to the top of the notepad. Trimmed off any excess on the sides. Embellish with a little button, and now a much nicer looking notepad. This would pop easily into a card for a small gift.
Now if I was going to destroy a sewing machine needle by sewing through paper, I should make it worthwhile!
Ten little notepads to add to my gift box.