Cute and easy notebook cover tutorial
One of those types of things are the cute journals they have, and all the office-ey things, really. Last time I was there, I remember noticing some fabric-covered notebooks, just simple lined paper or drawing paper or whatever, in different sizes. It's the DIYer in me that said, "Well, $18 (or whatever) is typical for a noteboook, but can't I make one of these myself?" So I did.
I bought a lined notebook at Dollar Tree and used Mod Podge and a scrap of vintage fabric I found in the bins at Goodwill Outlet. The best part about DIYing is you can pick the fabric print you like!
Here's the (scrap-busting!) tutorial:
- Assemble your materials. I'm using Mod Podge since it dries flexible, but I imagine other types of glue or adhesive would work, too. Probably. Rubber cement probably wouldn't be permanent enough, and Elmer's might dry too crispy or flaky. You'll also need some medium-grain sandpaper.
- Figure out where on the fabric you want the journal. Make sure you have enough.
- Mod Podge one side of the journal, all over. Try to make it as even as possible, since it won't spread out too much once the fabric is on it and you want all areas to be covered evenly.
- Press the fabric back over the gluey side, evening the Mod Podge out with your hands a little. This is very messy! It bled through the fabric onto my hands, so I had to wash them before I took the picture ;).
- Wait for it to dry. I waited overnight.
- Now, apply glue to the other side of the journal. Evenly, of course.
- Smooth out the Mod Podge again...
- And let dry again. This time, it definitely needs to be totally dry. Because next, you'll...
- Get some medium-grade sandpaper and, folding the excess fabric down the side, sand the edge of the journal. This works even better on paper, but with some elbow grease, you can sand the fabric down so the threads tear exactly at the edge of the book.
Careful around the edges!
- All done!!! Enjoy!
What a fun gift these would make! You could do them in different fabrics and tie them together as a gift for someone who journals a lot, or make them in different holiday themes as cookbook notes, or...
And they're a great use for all those extra fabric scraps you have sitting around!