Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Covered Notebook

Free three-ring binders were readily available during the school supply sales! But, as I was preparing for the Fruit of the Spirit study, I wanted to be able to provide the little ladies with a pretty journal to keep their work in.

So, I went to my fabric stash and pulled out the choices and they chose the same fabric as their favorite. I used the fabric to cover the free notebooks and instant cute notebooks were achieved. This is a super quick project with great results!

Start with your notebook that you'd like to recover. Mine were one inch binders.

First, lay out your binder open with the outside of it laying flat on the counter. Slide a piece of cotton quilt batting underneath and cut the batting to fit the edges of your binder.

Now, lay a piece of desired fabric underneath the whole thing - cut the fabric about 1 1/2 - 2 inches larger than the binder.

Fold edges over and fold again - hot glue in place and use a clothespin to hold in place. Do the short edges first. Then, fold the corners as desired and secure the long edges with hot glue as well. I followed the same method that I used in making this cookbook if you'd like more pictures.

That's it! This is so very simple! You could add any kind of embellishments you want, I just kept mine plain and simple. We'll use these to add our journal pages throughout the year! Since they are the same, I did add a label to the inside with each girls' name on it so we can keep track!


Wendi said...

Cute! Certainly much more exciting then the plain black binder.

Unknown said...

What a wonderful idea, Monica! Thanks for sharing! :)

Becky said...

I love this Monica!! So pretty and creative...I would love to do this this weekend! And SO much more fun than a boring everyday binder.

Bevy said...

What a neat idea!! There is nothing better then something made so pretty and "SEW" personally by Mommy.

Anonymous said...

So pretty, Monica! I love that you lend a personal, creative touch to all that you do. :o)

Sharon said...

Those look great Monica!

Have a blessed day!


Anna Horvath Carter said...

Thank you for sharing this Monica! I just received a cookbook from my MIL and it is in a 1" binder. I'll be using your idea so that it will add to my sparse kitchen decor.

Anna said...

I was reading the Chattanooga Times Free Press (North Georgia Edition) and they had a link to your post :)