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I am definitely a pen and paper type of person. I would much rather have a written to-do list than one on my phone. There is nothing satisfying about checking things off an electronic list.
I’ve recently started getting into bullet journaling. It’s my favorite way to track things I need to get done, plus it satisfies my itch to physically check off things I’ve accomplished. I don’t get crazy about it like others I’ve seen, I just like to create a new entry each day with a list of tasks that I need to do that day.
I don’t like to bullet journal in just any old notebook, it’s got to be “pretty” 🙂 I found some gorgeous flower print fabric at the craft store the other day and knew it would look great on the cover of a notebook. I picked up some fabric and iron-on letters and put together a few notebooks in just a couple minutes, it was that quick and easy!
DIY Fabric Covered Notebook
- Composition notebooks
- Fabric (at least 1/4 yard per notebook)
- Iron on letters
- Spray adhesive
- Gel pens
Lay your notebook face down on the back side of the fabric. Trace the outline of the notebook so that you know how much you’ll need to cover it. I used a Pilot G2 pen because it writes smoothly on fabric, plus it’s what I had lying next to me 😉
Cut out a rectangle larger than the shape that you outlined. Leave enough so that you have extra in case the notebook attaches to the fabric slightly crooked. Trust me on this one.
In a well ventilated area, spray both the cover of the notebook and the back side of the fabric with spray adhesive. Wait 15 seconds and, working from one end to the other, lay the fabric down on the notebook making sure there are no wrinkles or bubbles.
Place something heavy on the notebook and allow it to dry. Once dry, cut the fabric along the edge of the notebook.
Decide what clever phrase you would like for your notebook and cut out the appropriate letters. Cut close to the edges of the letter so that you can lay it out on the notebook and know where the letters will end up.
Follow the instructions on the letters and iron on to the front of the notebook. Let it cool.
And that’s IT! It seriously took me a total of about 5 minutes per notebook. Plus, each notebook cost under $3 to make. Just make sure to bring your coupons to the craft store 😉 Frugal AND easy to make!
Of course I had to match my pens to my notebooks (I MIGHT have a titch of OCD). These pens are my fav because they write so smooth and pigmented. Plus, they are proven to write longer than all other gel pen brands. And I write A LOT. Make sure you print out this coupon before you pick some up at Target for yourself!
After making these and seeing how quick and easy they came together, I know what I’m making Bean’s new preschool teachers for Christmas! I’ll be keeping my eye out for some cute, teacher-themed fabric. A pack of Pentel G2 pens and some personalized notebooks sound like the perfect teacher gift to me 🙂
Do you have some fabric to match these Pilot G2 pens? Who can you think of that would love a homemade notebook gift? Let’s chat in the comments below!