This project was so easy and only took a few minutes to make each notebook.
Before I get started on how easy these were to make, let me first tell you about a new project coming up for my house this fall. I am getting a craft room!!! I’m so excited that after 20 years I am finally going to get my own crafting space. In the next few weeks I will be converting one of our walk-in closets to a small area for me to be creative, keep the supplies off the kitchen table, and to be able to shut the door and keep everything just waiting for me to come back to it. This is going to be fun to pull together.
In the meantime, I have been looking at ways to organize my supplies and ideas and to make the storage options also pretty to display on the open shelving my craft room will have. I have a large roll of designer fabric from Cowtan & Tout that I also donated away this week, but instead decided it would be perfect to cover all of my idea notebooks.
For this project you will need:
- Notebooks in any size and width
- Hot glue gun
- 1 yard of fabric of your choice
- Butter knife
- Yard Stick
- Optional card stock paper in coordinating colors
- Spray Adhesive
The first step is to iron the fabric if needed so there will not be any wrinkles on the outside of the notebooks.
Lay the notebook on the fabric and measure around the edges of the notebook at least two inches or more. I sometimes measure a wider outside width just to cover the inside of the notebook more with fabric. This is entirely up to you but you do need to make sure you have at least two inches of fabric around the notebook to secure the fabric to the notebook.
Cut the fabric to size. Then take your notebook outside – yes outside – to spray on the adhesive to avoid the fumes and to make sure you don’t end up with a sticky mess all over your table and fabric. If you can’t go outside, try spraying the the adhesive inside of a cardboard box.
After applying a layer of spray adhesive on the outside of the notebook, place the notebook on the center of the cut length of fabric and press down. Close the notebook and make sure there are no wrinkles in the fabric and to continues pressing the fabric on to the notebook.
Open up the notebook and cut two slits in the fabric aligned with the metal rings at each end.
We will come back to how to finish off the binder around the metal ring hardware in a few steps.
Next, apply a then line of hot glue to the edges of the fabric and fold it over the inside edges of the notebook to create an envelope of sorts or like wrapping a present. You can either glue the fabric directly to the inside of the notebook, or only glue the fabric to each fold side so you can remove the fabric or still use the inside pockets.
I actually finished off the inside of my binders in three different ways, but the final look is totally up to how fancy and clean you want the inside of your binders to look. First, I just folded over the longer end piece to cover up most of the inside flap.
On the second one, I made a small fold in the end fabric to make it cover a smaller area of the inside and to allow me to still use the inside pockets.
But if you want a more decorating finished look to the inside (and not use the pockets), you can glue on sheets of card stock paper in coordinating colors.
Since I am the only one who will be looking at these notebooks, at least on the inside, I am happy with any of the finished looks.
To take care of the fabric edges around the metal rings, you will need to cut the small strip of fabric lined up with the metal rings to around 1/2 inch or longer depending on the location of the screws that hold the metal ring hardware in place.
Use the butter knife to slip this small edge of fabric underneath the metal clip hardware. You can apply a small dot of hot glue to hold it in place if needed.
In the end I was able to cover three 2″ notebooks with 1 yard of fabric.
I made all three of these fabric covered notebooks in less than an hour and they were oh so easy and simple.
In the next few months I will be showing off these and many more decorative organizing ideas for my new craft room.
“So don’t get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.” Galations 6:9