Fabric Covered Notebooks

A simple DIY tutorial for making fabric covered notebooks. No paint, no measuring, no mess. Only takes a few minutes to complete. An inexpensive and stylish way to stay organized.

Not only am I a pin junkie, I'm also a list junkie!  I'm constantly writing lists and notes to myself and as a result, I have pieces of paper everywhere.  I'm trying to get more organized and tame the paper clutter.  I started by sorting and filing my lists in some notebooks I had.  My old notebooks were still in good condition, but they had writing on them that wouldn't come off and weren't pretty to look at.

Here's what you will need:
spray adhesive
metal label holder

I used the extra fabric and spray adhesive I had leftover from my  closet door makeover.  The spray adhesive isn't permanent so I had to use a glue gun in a few places to help the corners stick.  You can see there's ink on the inside of the notebook too.  Perfect for covering up!

1. Open the notebook and lay it flat on top of the fabric.  Measure and cut 1-inch around each side of the notebook. Make 4 cuts in the fabric along the spine where it needs to bend, 2 cuts on the top and 2 cuts on the bottom.

2. Spray the back side of the fabric with adhesive. Wait a minute or so to let adhesive become tacky. Wrap the fabric over the notebook folding excess fabric over edges of notebook.

3.  Cut two square pieces of fabric, spary, and adhere on the inside of notebook to cover.

It only took an hour to cover two notebooks.  They look much prettier now and coordinate with my office.  The only thing I had to buy were the metal label holders.  I love using what I already have to make something that looks nice!

This project was inspired by pins from my Organizing board.

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  1. I like this idea, I'm a list junkie too and I have too many notebooks! Thanks for sharing this :)

  2. They're so pretty! Thanks for sharing at I Made It! Monday. Can't wait to see what you link up this week.

  3. So pretty! I just had to pin this!

  4. They look great! Thank you for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend.

  5. Adorable!! Thanks for sharing at Keep Calm and Link Up! See you again Thursday night!
    Barbara at Chase the Star

  6. This is great! Pinning this for sure =) Thanks for linking up to Inspiration Spotlight! Check in on Friday to see our featured posts!

  7. I love this! And I am totally pinning it :-) Thanks for linking up for Flash Blog Friday. New follower :-)

  8. Which looks really wonderful. I wonder I never thought of that one before, having spent all those time dealing with these types of fabric I should have at least had an inkling on how to. But thank you for your valuable input on this matter. It's appreciated.

  9. I love these! I make lots of lists also, and just today I added to my list: "Finish cookbook binders". I have lots of cookbooks that I started rebinding into notebooks because they were falling apart. But they are not very pretty. I want to cover them. Now I know how :) thanks for sharing!

  10. I am also a "list junkie". So beautiful!

  11. They look lovely, what a great idea :)

  12. I can see why you've picked this as a favorite of 2012! Thanks for linking up!

  13. I keep wanting to do this! I just love yours. Thanks for coming over and strutting your stuff!

  14. These turned out great! I am stopping by from the blog hop today! If you get a chance stop by and check out my blog! Have a great weekend!


  15. Very cute! Love these -- found you via Fox Hollow Cottage & I pinned 'em. (HUGS)Clydia

  16. These are so pretty. Makes me think I must need some. For something?

    And a pretty office to coordinate them with too :)


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