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DIY: Fabric Covered Notebooks Made From Cardboard and Fabric Scraps

by Hollie Strack

Fabric Covered Notebooks Made From Cardboard and Fabric Scraps

If you’ve been out hunting for the perfect journal for yourself or for a gift then you, like many others, have come to realization that journals are EXPENSIVE! You could end up paying upwards of $30 for a journal, and it won’t even be customized in any way. Here is a very inexpensive way to create a personalized journal for just about anyone you know, including yourself.

Materials Needed to Make Your Fabric Covered Notebook From Cardboard and Fabric Scraps


Materials Needed to Make Your Fabric Covered Notebook From Cardboard and Fabric Scraps

Step One:

Cut and folded cardboard for notebook or journal

Cut a piece of cardboard from your box, any size you wish. Score a ¾” to 1” binder area in the center of the cardboard. You can do so using a ruler, make sure it is wooden or metal though as plastic ones may not be able to crease the cardboard.

Step Two:

A cardboard loom

Next you need to create a cardboard “loom”. If you don’t know how to create a cardboard loom, don’t worry you can get cardboard loom instructions here.

Step Three:

The cardboard loom with fabric strips

Next you will use your fabric strips to weave the loom. When you’ve finished weaving the loom, cut the excess from the fabric strips; Making them even with the cardboard.

Step Four:

paper glued to the insides of the cardboard

Glue decorative or plain paper to the insides of the cardboard.

Step 5:

Edging applied to the cardboard loom with paper clips on edging

Apply the edging to the loom. Do this by gluing the fabric down to the edging of the loom; you want to use half of the fabric on each side. Place paper clips to the edging until as you move along. You want to keep these in place until it is completely dry to hold it in place. You can use bias tape to do so but it is not necessary. You can also use a piece of scrap fabric if you have enough.

Step 6:

Cut and folded paper for the notebook or journal

Cut and fold paper for inside of notebook in half. Create a few stacks of 6-8 pages. Make sure the pages are wide and tall enough to fit the book, but should be about ½” smaller than the size of the book; Staple twice along the fold of the stacks of paper.

Step 7:

Binding the pages of the notebook with epoxy

Bind the pages to your notebook. Put a line of epoxy on the inside binding of the cover and place the folded side of the pages onto the epoxy.

Step 8:

A heavy object placed on the notebook for the epoxy to dry

Fold the book in half and place heavy books or another heavy object on top of it. Let the epoxy dry for 24 hours. Then your notebook will be ready to use or gift!

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