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How to Make a Fabric Covered Notebook or Journal
This tutorial will take you step by step through the process of covering a notebook with fabric.
- Age Guideline: 8 Years and Up
- Time Required: 20 minutes
The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances. For best results, read through all of these steps before you start making this craft.
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Gathering The Supplies for Your Fabric Covered Notebook
For this notebook project you will need:
- Notebook or Journal
- Fabric, 2 different colors
- Lightweight Cardboard
- Pen or Pencil
- Craft Glue
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- Notebook or Journal
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Preparing the Fabric for Your NotebookStart out by opening your notebook and setting it in the middle of your piece of fabric. Use a ruler to draw a line on the fabric, all around the notebook. It should be about 2-inches larger than your notebook.
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Cutting the FabricUse a pair of scissors to cut your fabric along the lines you drew.
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Gluing the Fabric Edges to the NotebookUsing a generous amount of glue, fold up the edges of the fabric and attach them to the inside of the notebook cover. You will have to cut a slit in the fabric where the notebook binding is. Repeat this step for the other side of the notebook cover.
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Gluing the Fabric End to the NotebookAgain, using a generous amount of glue, fold in the end of the fabric and attach it to the inside of the notebook cover as shown in the picture. Repeat this step for the other side of the notebook cover.
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Covering the CardboardCut two pieces of lightweight cardboard so they are about 1-inch smaller than the cover of the notebook. Cut two pieces from a different color of fabric about 1- to 2-inches larger than the pieces of cardboard you cut. Glue the fabric pieces onto the pieces of cardboard as shown in the picture.
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Preparing the Fabric Covered CardboardPut a generous amount of glue on the back side of each of the fabric covered pieces of cardboard.
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Gluing the Cardboard to the Notebook CoverCarefully place the glue side of the fabric covered cardboard pieces to the inside of each of the the notebook covers. This will cover the raw fabric edges and give it a nice finished look.
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Finishing Touches for Your Fabric Covered Notebook
Now that your notebook is covered, you can embellish it with anything you like. For my decorated notebook, I cut out letters from fabric and glued them on, but you can use stickers, dimensional paint, glitter glue, or anything you like.
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