Thursday, September 27, 2012

Back to School DiY - Notebook Makeover!

 Back to school!!
Turn your dull notebooks into colorful, super trendy artworks!

you will need:
✂ soft cover notebook  
✂ hard cover notebook
✂ fabric
✂ embroidery thread
✂ embroidery needle
✂ scissors
✂ white thick glue

Thread your needle with the embroidery floss and make a little knot on the edge. Make a hole through the soft cover. Pull the thread all the way through and decide the shape you want to give.
You might need to push the needle through the same hole over and over. Make sure you are not pulling too hard.

Keep going with the long stitches adding new colors of thread.


Stop when you feel you have the desired result.

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Put the hard cover notebook on the fabric wide open (wrong side up).
Draw a rectangle around, larger that the notebook. About 1,5cm for the top and bottom kai about 2-3cm for the sides.

Start gluing the fabric on the covers using a thick glue and a paintbrush. If you use normal liquid glue you will end up with glue stains on your fabric. When you have secured the one side on the cover, pay attention to the spine. Make two slids for the spine piece and cut it off. Continue folding the side pieces and glue them down.

When you finish you will end up with something like the photo above.

 For a cleaner finish glue the first and the last white page of the notebook onto the fabric you have just glued, hiding the trim pieces.

You are done! Now you can decorate your notebook with ribbons, buttons, lace and anything you like!

Have a great new school year!


  1. Cute idea with embroidery for a notebook cover :)

    1. thank you! and the posibilities are endless, depending on your taste :-)


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