Small Projects

Fabric Covered Notebook

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Finding your notebook uninspiring? Kick start your imagination with a little bit of fabric! We are going to re-cover a journal!

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What you’ll need:

  • Notebook
  • Fabric (enough so there is 2cm left around all of the edge of the notebook)
  • Fabric shears
  • PVA glue
  • Paint brush


Our first step is to choose our fabric! The fabric I have used is a silk noile in a dusky pink which was leftover from a previous project. You can use whatever fabric you like but I find a more porous fabric sticks better to a book cover. I have also ironed my fabric before I started just to make sure the fabric will lay flat on the notebook.

Using your fabric shears cut a rectangle out of your fabric. To make sure you cut enough fabric, lay your notebook on your fabric and leave roughly an edge of 2cm down all of the sides. This is so we can fold the fabric inside the book.

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To make things easy, we’ll first glue the spine of the book to the fabric. Make sure your notebook is positioned right in the centre of your fabric. Using PVA glue, paint down the whole of the spine and hold against the fabric until dry.

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Now that the spine is set, paint glue all across the back of the notebook and gently lay the fabric over it. Smooth out the fabric so it is all flat. My notebook has a bit of a groove down the side of the spine so I have pushed the fabric down into it (this will mean that the notebook will still open properly).

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Repeat the exact same step for the front of the notebook.

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Now that the front of the notebook is glued to the fabric, our next step is to tuck the remaining fabric inside. To make all of the edges smooth, snip the fabric that is above and below the spine (this is so we can tuck it right underneath where the notebook pages meet.

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Dab a bit of glue on the inside corners of the notebook and fold over the fabric at a diagonal. This will ensure that all of the corner gets covered!

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Paint a strip of glue down the edges of the inside cover and fold over the remaining fabric. Repeat this same step for the back of the notebook too.

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Time to tuck the fabric into the spine! For this step I haven’t used any glue but you can if you want it to be a little more secure. Fold the small sections of fabric in half and using the end of your scissors, push the fabric into the spine. There should be a small gap between the pages and the outside cover of the notebook and this is where you want the small section of fabric to go!

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Finish off with two small rectangles of card or paper to cover up the folded fabric inside the notebook and you’re done! You can add whatever decorations you please! I have added my Journal Pen Holder from a previous post.

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Other things you can add are small felt flowers, which we used in last weeks project, or you can add text by doing some cross-stitch! I hope you’ve enjoyed making this notebook cover with me! Join me next week for a brand new and exciting project!

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If you have a go don’t forget to share your makes with us on Instagram @aboxofbuttons or on Twitter @aBoxofButtons! See you next time!

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