Sunday, July 14, 2013

Fabric Covered Binder Tutorial (a nice packaging to your blog planner)

When I went to the store to buy a binder, I didn't like any of the binders they had, so I decided to upcycle one myself. I took a simple binder and covered it with fabric. This is an example for an easy-peasy upcycling that will take you 5 minutes to make, but create a WOW! change.

Fabric Covered Binder Tutorial


This is how you will make one yourself:

Fabric Covered Binder Tutorial
Materials: a simple binder, fabric (you can use 2 different pieces. One for the inside and one for the outside of the binder),  spray adhesive, scissors

Fabric Covered Binder Tutorial
Place the binder on the fabric that you're using for the outside. Leave 5 cm (around 2") hangover and cut

Fabric Covered Binder Tutorial
Spray adhesive from 20-30 cm (8"-12") distance on wrong side of the fabric and on outside of binder and carefully apply fabric onto binder. Start with one side, then move to the center (the narrow part) and only then to the other side (apply other side when binder is closed). If you have wrinkles, lift fabric and apply again

Fabric Covered Binder Tutorial
Move on to the inside of the binder. Fold in the sides edges, spray adhesive and apply

Fabric Covered Binder Tutorial
That's how it looks now

Fabric Covered Binder Tutorial
To paste the top and bottom edges, cut 2 vertical stripes in the hangover fabric in the center (the narrow part) and fold a triange in the corner

Fabric Covered Binder Tutorial
Fold in edges, spray adhesive and apply to the inside

Fabric Covered Binder Tutorial
Now to the inside. Cut the other piece of fabric to size (leave 1-2cm / 0.4"-0.8" hangover)


Fabric Covered Binder Tutorial
In the center, where the rings are, cut 2 small slits and thread the rings

Fabric Covered Binder Tutorial
Fold in the edges towards the wrong side. You can press or paste first, but if you're like me, just use your finger :)
Fabric Covered Binder Tutorial
Spray adhesive like you did on the outside and apply
Fabric Covered Binder Tutorial


That's it, done! Easy and fun. And when people ask you "where did you buy this?!", you can always reply with "oh, this? I made it. It was nothing. Took me exactly 5 minutes...".

Fabric Covered Binder Tutorial


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44 comments:

  1. Great tutorial! I had forgotten all about this since the early days of high school some 30+ years ago. :) Thanks for all the photos to go along with the directions and I have a huge binder that I don't like and am using for recipes and I will do this with it.

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    1. Thanks :) I'd love you to share yours when your done :)

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  2. You make it looks so easy! That's such a pretty binder now I want to make one for myself.

    Thanks for showing us how to do it.

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    1. Thanks Nancy, it is easy, I promised! I managed to do it and take photos all during the baby's (very short) nap!

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  3. Oooo~~~ I like this A LOT! I'm going to try to make one!

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    1. Thanks! Please share yours with us when your'e done :)

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  4. I LOVE this! Now I can take any of those cheap $1 binders and make them unique. Thank you for sharing, my son can now get his superheroes binder without me spending superhero money. :)

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    1. Thanks! A superheros binder! That's a fantastic idea! I'll also make one for my son (and a fairy one for my daughter...).

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  5. You absolutely rock! I am going to use this tutorial for soooo many binders I have, and I know what to do with all the binders my kids need for school. I can personalize them now. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    Elizabeth T, Early Rise

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth! Please share yours with us when you're done :)

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  6. Oh wow! This DIY is so lovely and quite easy to do. :) I'll definitely do this at work (lol), so my things will be prettier. I believe prettt things will help me get through the day!

    Thank you for sharing! :)

    xo Kisty
    Cupcakes and Scones

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    1. LOL! Agree :) I love upcycling things to make them pretty and personal.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Thanks for sharing this tutorial! I believe I will try it. I have lots of material and lots of binders lol. :) Yours turned out really pretty!

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    1. Thanks Sara! If you end up making one, I'd love for you to share it :)

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  8. Great idea!! I shared this on my blog today: http://www.vixenmade.com/2013/08/diy-school-supplies.html

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    1. Thank you! Heading over to visit you now :)

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  9. How fun! I would make them for my kids. They love fabric covered anything. Lol.

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    1. Thanks! :) If you end up making some, please share, I'd love to see!

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  10. Super cute and love the fabric. Stopping by from Blog Strut

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  11. This one is easy peasy! I have a bunch of the plain ones because I wanted to start organizing. I need to go out and get some spray adhesive. If they are pretty I may actually use them as I intended!

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    1. It is REALLY easy, you should definitely upcycle your plain ones! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  12. Happy SITS Day! I LOVE this idea. So easy and now I can create my own out of the generic binders instead of splurging on the already pretty ones. Would make great teacher gifts at school too! Thank you for sharing. :)

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    1. They're really easy to make, you should try one, it's addictive... Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. Love old school projects like this , thanks for sharing

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  14. This is a really great project, and something I might actually be able to do! My daughter is going to love this - she gets so excited for little things that can display her "flair" :) Thanks for posting!

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    1. Thanks! It's really easy, you should definitely give it a try :)

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  15. What a neat idea! That would be great for a scrapbook, photo album, or family history. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks! You can even cover a plain notebook the same way :)

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  16. I think I could do this. I feel more compelled to use binders when they have a decorative cover. I have a lot of plain binders that I could spruce up. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from SITS!

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    1. You can definitely do this! It's really easy!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  17. This is such a neat idea especially for a very beginner level DIY crafter like myself. Thanks so much for sharing! Happy SITS Day!

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    1. This project is really easy (and quick!).
      Thanks for stopping by :)

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  18. Thanks for this tutorial! I love using the spray adhesive on the binder... I'm not much good at sewing yet! I hope you have a wonderful SITS Day! :D

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    1. Thanks Andrea! Spray adhesive is a girl's best friend :)

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  19. That's a great binder and I love the fabric you've chosen! I
    ll bet it makes planning your blog much more fun in a binder like that!

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    1. Thanks! Definitely more fun! And I don't feel like I need to hide the binder, so it's always in the kitchen :)

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  20. You make this look so easy. I would love to have one like this for note taking. Thanks for sharing and Happy SITS Day!

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    1. It IS easy :) You should definitely make one...
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  21. I remember doing things like this with my school binders. Visiting via SITS.

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    1. It is so much fun, right?...
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  22. Very cute! happy SITS day!

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