I love binders. There’s something about them that just screams organization. My favorites are the GreenRoom ones from Target. The colors, the prints, the fact that they’re made from recycled materials.
But not so much the price. I have a hard time paying $7 for a binder. Especially when I can buy a plain one for about $1. So I made my own cuteness to add to a plain binder. This would also work to cover any notebook.
Some of the pictures are from me making a planner cover. Same process, different size. 🙂
What you’ll need: to cover a 1″ binder
2′ lining fabric (I used felt because it’s nice and sturdy)
1. Open your binder and lay it on your fabric. Add about 4″ on each side for the pocket. Add about 1″ on the top and bottom (if you’re using something thinner than felt for the lining, you can make this part smaller). Cut the fabric and the lining.
2. With right sides together, pin the two pieces of fabric together. Stitch around the four sides, leaving about a 2″ gap between your starting and stopping point.
3. Turn right side out. Pin and top stitch around the whole rectangle of fabric.
4. Fold Side 1 over about 3″ (remember, now that you’ve sewn the side seams, you’ve lost an inch). Pin and sew the top and bottom. Try to follow your top stitch as much as possible.
5. Once Side 1 is sewn, fold Side 2 over. Make sure you give yourself a little wiggle room to slide the binder in and out. You’ll need more wiggle room if it’s a hard binder. Sew Side 2.
6. Optional: Fold the ends of your ribbon over. Top stitch your ribbons to the front of your binder cover.
You’re binder is all prettied up now! And now you can make all of your binders fancy!