Friday, September 3, 2010

Fabric Covered Notebooks

I've found yet another use for that beautiul fabric I bought from Hawthorne Threads. You know....the fabric I originally got to make pillows for my couch??? Yeah well, that hasn't happened yet because I keep thinking of crafty things to do with it. Basically anything that does not involve sewing a stitch! One of these days I will buckle down and actually tackle that project, but for now I'm enjoying getting crafty with my fun new fabric.

I showed how to make these over at my other blog, The CSI Project. Our theme for next week's challenge is "Back to School" and I shared these fabric covered notebooks as one of my favorite teacher gifts to start the year off right (brown-noser). In the past I've made these with scrapbook or wrapping paper, but I decided to try my hand at using fabric this time around. Let's take a look at how I made these, shall we?

1. composition notebook
2. half yard of fabric
3. Heat n' Bond
4. Iron
5. Scissors
6. Pencil

I started by cutting the fabric big enough to cover the front and back side of my notebook.

Now flip your fabric over and iron on a matching sized piece of heat n' bond. Once the two are adhered to each other, you will trace the front and back covers of the notebook onto the backside (paper side) of your fabric piece. The heat n' bond will allow you cut the fabric without any fraying. Next, peel off the protective backing and you're ready to go.

Once you have your two fabric pieces cut out for the front and back, you simply lay them onto the composition book exactly where you want them and iron away! Now trim any excess edges and you're done. Easy, easy, easy, and cute, cute, cute!

I chose a coordinating fabric, cut a long strip, frayed the edges, and tied it around the front cover of my notebook as an embellsihment. You could even do an iron on applique with your teacher's intial to personalize it. I just love these little notebooks......making them, giving them, and keeping them! I love to pair the large notebook with a smaller version for the purse and a set of personalized notecards. They really make a beautiful gift set for just about anyone on your list!


Draya Ann said...

I LOVE this idea. That's much better than the awful doodles that use to cover my high school notebooks.

Kendra @ Domestic Princess in Training said...

Love this and just in time for the holidays. What a great hostess gift or a gift of any kind for that matter!

Kendra AKA "Domestic Princess in Training"

southerninspiration said...

Such a CUTE idea!!!! I love those!


Tammy @ said...


First off I LOVE that fabric! This is such a great gift idea!!!

Best wishes,

Ang said...

I ADORE those notebooks. Lindsay made me a set several years ago with scrapbook paper and my initial and I loved them. I need to give it a try with fabric. Maybe with a spiral bound book so I can use it at the grocery store etc...

Love you!

NanaDiana said...

Those are absolutely darling! I am thinking it would be fun to make them for the Holidays too! Great idea...thanks! Diana

Jodi said...

I am a new follower. Love your blog.

Amy R. said...

LOVE this idea! Pretty and practical gift idea. Thanks!

Allison {A Glimpse Inside} said...

So cute! I love those!

heather {WhipperBerry} said...

Totally yummy idea! My girls would love that.

Heather from

Nikki Painter said...

bring over your fabric and we can sew some pillow covers

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

This is such a cool idea! I could use this in many ways. I could cover the notebook I take to church to take notes in so my mind doesn't wonder during the sermons and I could make my own journals look fabulous too. Then I could give them away as gifts etc... Awesome!
Thank you for sharing.

Lee Ann

Pati @ A Crafty Escape said...

Love this and will probably make a couple before school starts- thanks!

Nadir @ Hodgepodge said...

How cute are those?!?! Especially the last set w/ the monogram? Adorable!!!!

Michelle L. said...

That looks so easy! What gorgeous fabrics, and the finished books are sooo pretty.

Anonymous said...

that is so pretty!!

Lauren @ 31diy said...

That is soo cute! And I can definitely see how that makes a great gift. I'm going to try this soon! Thanks!

Chris said...

If you find a break from your creative genius, can you tell me where you found the fabric/paper that's on the last grouping? The gray? It's DIVINE!! I love them all!

Melinda said...

I just came across your blog and I love it!!! What cute ideas. I too have an etsy page and a Silhouette SD. I am obsessed with this machine. I have only tried vinyl but I would love to try the fabric letters.

Thanks for sharing all your great ideas. Keep them coming!!!


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Unknown said...

I really like the notebook. Can't wait to try it. Do you mind sharing the name of the fabric. Really think it is super cute. Robin

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