How to Decorate a Fabric Three-Ring Binder

Written by irene a. blake
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Three-ring binders with fabric covers in a wide variety of sizes and designs are typically used in the same ways as binders without fabric covers -- to store keepsakes, photos, craft or sewing patterns, wallpaper samples, fabric swatches and paint cards. Whatever your purpose, decorating a binder to match your tastes or fit your needs isn't complicated or difficult. In fact, you can usually incorporate supplies from your hobby into the decorations.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Stamp kit
  • Fabric pencil or marker
  • Stencils
  • Fabric paint
  • Clear-drying glue
  • Flat-back rhinestones
  • Loose glitter
  • Mini die-cut shapes
  • Fabric glitter glue
  • Hot glue
  • Safety pins
  • Iron
  • Patches
  • Transfers
  • White pillowcase

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    Decorate the front of your fabric binder with ink stamps. Use designs that match the purpose of the binder. For example, stamp fruit and vegetable designs onto a binder for recipe cards.

  2. 2

    Sketch your name, the purpose of the binder or favourite words or phrases onto the front cover with a fabric pencil or marker either freehand or with a stencil, then decorate the letters. Apply fabric paint to the text with a paintbrush or apply flat-back rhinestones and die-cut shapes with clear-drying glue. Sprinkle loose glitter onto clear-drying glue or trace the text with beads of fabric glitter glue.

  3. 3

    Affix objects to the binder with hot glue or small safety pins. Use buttons, thread, zippers, pockets or part the cover of a sewing pattern book. Attach mementos such as a medal, a movie ticket or a photo.

  4. 4

    Decorate the binder with iron-on patches or transfers of animals or cartoon characters, clip-art graphics, professional logos or mottoes. For example, iron on the logos of a family member's favourite sports teams to give as a gift for holding mementos or newspaper clippings. If you're using the binder as the guest book for a wedding, iron on images such as doves, wedding rings or bells.

Tips and warnings

  • Always wait for ink or paint to dry completely before adding decorations to avoid smearing.
  • Avoid applying glue to unintended areas of the fabric, which may rumple or distort the fabric's weave when it dries.

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