Thursday, July 26, 2012

Fabric-Covered Notebooks and Folders



I posted this last year before the beginning of school, and I thought I would share it with you once again. This is a really fun way to give your kids fun and unique notebooks and folders without spending a ton of money.

Materials needed:
notebooks
folders
fabric of your choice
hot glue
heat bonding strips

To cover the folders:
Covering the folders was a bit of a pain, but totally worth it in the end.
First, take the folder apart so it can be laid flat.

Place the folder onto your fabric and trace around it leaving a half inch extra on all sides.
Cut out the fabric.
You can use heat bonding strips and an iron to adhere the fabric to the outside of the folder or you can cover the outside with Mod Podge and lay the fabric over it. I Mod Podged the first folder and it came out perfect.
Next, fold the remaining fabric over the edges of the folds and glue them in place.
Ignore the hideous table top!
Put the folds back in place starting with the top and the pocket. Next, hot glue the side folds back in place. This will secure the top fold (I recommend hot gluing that as well) and the pocket in place.

Voila'! A perfect designer folder!

If you are OCD like me you can stencil your child's initials with fabric paint.




To cover a spiral notebook:
This was more difficult than covering a composition book because  the spirals cannot be covered, but it still turned out really cute.
Measure the front cover of your notebook and add a half inch to an inch all around.
Fold and iron the edge that will be against the metal spiral.
Apply the heat bonding strips to the back of the fabric and iron according to the directions.

Remove the paper backing of the heat bond strips and line up the fabric with the notebook cover making sure that the extra inch is evenly over the remaining 3 sides. Iron the fabric to the cover.
**You can also choose to Mod Podge the fabric to the cover**
Fold the edges of the fabric over the inside of the notebook cover and adhere in place with glue or heat bonding strips.

The frayed edges will be visible, so cover them with some pretty ribbon.
Congratulations! You just turned a boring notebook and folder into something all the kids will be envious of!

I also made a fun pencil box to match.

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5 comments:

  1. These are so adorable! What a great way to personalize school supplies :)

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