Fabric Covered Notebook or Binder

How to cover a notebook

I have a serious thing for fabric. Just love it. So when recently found out that there is something called Fabric Mod Podge I knew I wanted to try it.

My cookbook is an old photo album binder that I just put 4×6 recipe cards in. Works great but it was in serious need of a makeover because it was old and nasty. So I grabbed some cute fabric, a bottle of fabric mod podge and a foam brush and in 20 minutes I had a brand new cookbook:

You can do this to any book. Or, if you are like me, every book.

Here’s the before:


Fabric Covered Notebook Tutorial:

1 Piece of fabric that is about 1-2 inches larger than your notebook on each side

1 smaller piece of fabric for the inner covers

A book to cover


I started off by cutting a piece of coordinating fabric to cover the inside covers. Spread a thin layer of the mod podge and press the fabric in place nice and smooth:

Now, lay your big piece of fabric under your binder and cut it so that it is a few inches wider than the binder on each side:

Now spread a thin layer of the mod podge on the front of the binder:

Firmly press your fabric in place on the front of the binder and smooth it out making sure to prevent any bubbles or wrinkles.
Do this on both the front and the back, as well as the spine.
Now, beginning on one side of the binder, spread a thin layer of mod podge along the edge of the fabric and fold it under about 1 inch:
Do it again-spread mod podge on the part you just folded under and this time fold it over onto the binder and glue it in place:
Do this on the top and on the bottom of the binder:

Now do it on the side of the binder. The exact same thing:

It should like this when you are done:

Do this on the front and the back and voila! You have a beautiful new fabric covered binder:

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  1. says

    Oh my word! I have that exact same photo album, and have had it forever! LOL :-) I love the re-do on it! I need to get some of that fabric mod podge, it turned out really cute. Thanks for sharing, I found your post from the “Do Something Crafty” linky party!

  2. says

    Okay, two things.

    One….I’ve been trying to figure out a way to store recipes and cannot believe I didn’t think of an old photo album like that before…genius!

    Two….FABRIC MOD PODGE?! WHERE?! WHEN?! How have I not known about this until now!

    I cannot wait to give this a try!

    Thanks so much for joining us at Keep Calm & Link Up last week! We’re thrilled you chose to party with us and can’t wait to see what you link up this week as well :)
    I’ll be featuring this on my FB page today! http://www.facebook.com/waittilyourfathergetshome

  3. says

    I had no idea there was fabric Mod Podge!! That will definitely need to be added to my craft stash! This notebook is just lovely, and pretty, and beautiful, and I want one :) Thank you so much for sharing at my Throwback Thursday party, I hope to see you again this week!

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