Monday, July 2, 2012

Refillable Fabric Notebook

I have lots of fabric scraps that I've been hoarding and I have been trying desperately to find new projects to use them in. I probably should just give them away but I feel that as soon as I do that a project will come up that uses scraps. I know I need help but in the mean time I came up with a mini fabric notebook that you can fill/refill with paper. You can also use those extra pieces of printer paper, you know the ones that only have the top half printed on and the rest is blank. This is a great beginner project and it only took me 10 minutes to sew it all.

This little notebook is 5 inches x 4 inches and fits nicely into my purse. It also comes in handy when my daughter needs to be distracted or is losing it.

Cut two strips of your fabric to size 11 inches by 5 inches. Now if you want your notebook to be a little sturdier, like a cardboard notebook then you will need to use craft fuse. Cut two strips of craft fuse to size 11 inches by 5 inches. Follow the manufacturers directions and iron it on the wrong side of both of your strips of fabric.

Place your strips right sides together, pin in place, and sew along the perimeter using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Make sure to leave a 3 inch opening on one of the sides. Next trim the edge and clip your corners. Turn your notebook right side out. Iron your notebook cover and stitch along the perimeter using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Make two button holes in the center of your notebook, this is where you will be folding your notebook in half, about one inch apart from each other. Fold your notebook in half and iron the center to help the fold stay in place. Now take your paper sheets and cut them to size 10 x 4. Using a hole puncher make two holes in your paper in the center so it lines up with your button holes. Take a scrap ribbon and thread it threw the button holes and the paper. Tie a bow at the top of your notebook and your done. When you run out of paper just add more!

1 comment:

  1. It's fun to find something to do with scraps. Very cute idea!