20 minute craft | fabric covered notebook

IMG_3385I don’t know of any paper crafter who doesn’t love stationery and notebooks. Personally, I have a weakness for composition books (which are hard to find in Australia), but they have very unattractive covers. I love to make them look pretty with sheets of scrapbooks paper, and fabric, too!

IMG_3384I recieved some lovely purple fabric in a Christmas swap, but wasn’t sure what I would use it as there was only one fat quarter. Then I decided I had to cover a notebook with fabric, and, well, purple is a favourite.

IMG_3383I started by roughly cutting the fabric and vliesofix to size. After several fabric-stuck-to-ironing-board incidents, I cut the vliesofix a little smaller than the fabric, and trim once it’s ironed.

IMG_3382Then I lay the book out, and cut the corners and notch the middle. You could just trim the fabric to the edges of the cover, but I prefer the wrapped look.

IMG_3381The first spot I iron is the inside edge. This gives the cover some grip.

IMG_3380Then I close the cover, and gently iron the cover, making sure not to go all the way to the edges.

IMG_3379Next, iron the top and bottom edges.

IMG_3378Then the front cover

IMG_3377And lastly wrap the front cover.

IMG_3376Give everything another press. (When I cover hard notebooks with square spines, I run the iron along the spine, too, but don’t bother with these books)

IMG_3375And because I like the neat look, I cover the inside cover with some cardstock.

IMG_3374And now I have a beautiful journal when my current journal fills up.

Cate Brickell (90 Posts)

Cate is a closer-to-forty-than-thirty SAHM of 4+2 kids, ranging in age from 15 to 3. She doesn’t do housework, wastes too much time on facebook and pinterest, and is overwhelmed by the awesome blogs in her google reader. She loves taking online scrapping classes, learning about the scout movement (as a Joey/Cub leader), and has a purple front door. 2013 is all about CHOOSING the right path.


  1. It looks fab, Cate.

    Thanks for sharing.
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  2. You make it look so quick and easy. Well done. Must do that to my next note book.

  3. Quick and easy way to make sure your notebook is yours! Lovely !
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