How to Cover a Notebook With Fabric

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How to Cover a Notebook With Fabric
Craft a personal journal with a fabric cover. (journal image by Ewe Degiampietro from

Keeping a journal has become very popular for writing down your thoughts, poetry, lists or dreams. Craft a journal by covering a notebook with fabric. Choose a novelty fabric that showcases your special interests to create a notebook that is uniquely your own. This quick project can be accomplished in less than an hour and is an inexpensive gift for family and friends. Add this simple craft to the activities at your next slumber party.

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Things you need

  • Fabric, 1/3 yard
  • Heavy-duty fusible web, 1/3 yard
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Composition notebook, 7-1/2-inch wide x 9-3/4-inch long
  • Fabric scraps

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  1. 1

    Measure and cut a rectangle 10-1/2-inches wide by 16-1/2-inches long from your chosen notebook fabric and one from heavy-duty fusible web.

  2. 2

    Lay the fabric rectangle on your ironing surface with the wrong side up. Place the fusible web on top with the glue side down and matching the edges. Iron over the paper side of the fusible web to melt the glue and adhere the web to the fabric. Allow the fabric to cool.

  3. 3

    Peel off the paper side of the fusible web to reveal the glue. Wrap the fabric around the notebook cover with the glue side down and the excess fabric hanging evenly over all four edges. Iron the fabric on the front of the notebook to adhere. Iron around the spine of the notebook without opening the book. Finish by ironing the back to the book.

  4. 4

    Trim away the excess fabric hanging over the edges of the notebook.

  5. 5

    Embellish the cover of the notebook by adhering fusible web to scraps of fabric and cutting out shapes. Remove the paper backing from the shapes and arrange them (glue side down) on your fabric-covered notebook. Iron the shapes to the book.

Tips and warnings

  • Experiment with other nonspiraled notebooks of various sizes.

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