I love binders and notebooks. Recently, though, I have realized that I hate using UGLY (or boring) binders. If it’s not pretty, I won’t use it. It needs to be (for me) both aesthetically pleasing and practical. But I don’t have a ton of money to buy fancy looking (but cheap quality) binders and I can’t sew. Really.
I decided that I would cover my binders in fabric. The lazy woman’s way — with glue. I have tons of quality binders from my office supply junkie days. For the first two I did, I even managed to have some suitable fabric on hand (not a sewer, remember?).
Today, I’m going to show you how to make your own!
You will need:
- a binder
- 1/2 yard of fabric (cotton works best)
- hot glue gun or tacky glue (to “hem”)
- Krazy Glue
- an iron & ironing board (not required, but really is easier that way)
First, iron a seam about 1/2 inch at the top of your fabric. I used a yard-stick to keep it even. Let fabric cool and then glue the “hem”.
Open your binder on the fabric so that you can see just a smidge of fabric above the binder, like this:
Use a yardstick to figure out where the bottom edge needs to be to cover the binder and place under the binder:
Use that line to iron another seam into the fabric and then check to make sure that it covers the binder completely.
Cut off all but about 1/2″ for the “hem” and glue down like you did with the first one.
Place your binder in the middle of your fabric again and determine how far inside the binder you would like your fabric to come and then cut off the excess. I had about 2″ of fabric come to the inside of my binder.
Iron another seem of about 1/2″ for the side “hems.” Do this on both sides.
Center your binder inside and fasten fabric to binder using Krazy Glue. First I traced the outline of the spine, then the front cover, then the back cover and then the insides. I put it right on the main part of the binder, not the seams. I first used Aileen’s Tacky Glue but the fabric came right off of my Avery Plastic binders. It just didn’t bind well. I haven’t tried a hot glue gun, but I KNOW Krazy Glue works.
And now you have a beautiful household notebook, recipe book, seasonal book or whatever! The one above is my household notebook, made from 2 fat quarters I had on hand. I also have a winter one and a recipe one is in the works.
Have you make a fabric covered binder? Show us pics!
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