How to Make a Button-Embellished Notebook Cover

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Sister_Diane Diane Gilleland, contributor
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Make an everyday spiral notebook special with a crafty cover. (Theyre so quick to make, you could even make one as a Valentine.)
Its not hard to place buttons this precisely if you tack them down first with a little glue.
This project makes a great showcase for those odds and ends in your button collection.
Make an everyday spiral notebook special with a crafty cover. (Theyre so quick to make, you could even make one as a Valentine.)

Make an everyday spiral notebook special with a crafty cover. (They're so quick to make, you could even make one as a Valentine.)

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I'm an inveterate carrier of spiral notebooks-they're so important for capturing those sudden flashes of inspiration. But I wanted to dress mine up a little, so I made these simple felt covers. Then I decided to embellish them with buttons-an excellent excuse to dump out my button jars and rummage!

What you'll need:

  • Spiral-bound notebook
  • Pen
  • Measuring tape
  • About 1/4 yard wool felt
  • Scissors
  • Washable fabric marker
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Iron
  • Craft glue
  • Small paintbrush
  • Embroidery needle
  • Pearl cotton embroidery floss
  Measure around the spine of the notebook to determine the size of the cover.

You can really use any size spiral notebook you like for this project. Mine is 5 inches x 7 inches, so all the measurements here are based on that size, but it's easy to make adjustments.

Begin by measuring around the spine of the notebook, starting at the outer edge of one cover and ending at the outer edge of the other cover. Add 8 inches to this measurement. (My notebook, for example, measures 11 inches around the spine. Adding 8 inches, we get 19 inches.)

Then, measure the height of the notebook and add 1/2 inch. (My notebook is 5 inches tall, so that's 5-1/2 inches.) Cut a rectangle of felt to these dimensions: for my notebook, this rectangle measures 19 inches wide by 5-1/2 inches tall.

  Cut a small rectangle of felt to serve as a pen holder.

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Comments (66)

Dallinlarsen55 writes: superb
Posted: 12:36 pm on October 6th
Dallinlarsen55 writes: fabulous
Posted: 12:36 pm on October 6th
Dallinlarsen222 writes: very nice
Posted: 2:07 am on September 27th
Dallinlarsen222 writes: creative
Posted: 2:06 am on September 27th
Dallin_larsen1 writes: very nice
Posted: 2:16 am on September 23rd
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Posted: 2:16 am on September 23rd
DallinLArsen33 writes: nice product
Posted: 3:10 am on September 14th
Johnychamp writes: suspended
Posted: 5:59 am on September 13th
Johnychamp writes: Love this
Posted: 5:59 am on September 13th
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Posted: 12:30 pm on September 2nd
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Posted: 11:54 am on August 23rd
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Posted: 2:54 am on August 20th
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Posted: 2:54 am on August 20th
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Posted: 11:52 pm on August 1st
davidrayan writes: love that heart.
Posted: 1:19 pm on July 5th
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Posted: 11:42 am on July 5th
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Posted: 4:59 am on June 13th
jacobjohn11 writes: superb
Posted: 12:16 pm on May 23rd
Kavinjose writes: nice work
Posted: 5:42 am on May 23rd
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Posted: 5:42 am on May 23rd
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Posted: 1:18 pm on May 11th
jacobgravers writes: awesome
Posted: 12:00 am on May 11th
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Posted: 12:25 pm on May 10th
alexaida writes: great
Posted: 12:03 pm on May 9th
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Posted: 12:03 pm on May 9th
charlosmarcos11 writes: great one
Posted: 3:01 am on May 7th
Davidecristiana writes: i like it
Posted: 11:54 pm on April 28th
Davidecristiana writes: too good
Posted: 11:53 pm on April 28th
GeorgeHarris writes: awesome work
Posted: 11:45 am on April 25th
Albert_Robert writes: this is so great idea. Like your creativity.
Posted: 11:33 am on April 20th
DaveHaynes writes: I wish I've seen this thread some weeks ago.
Maybe for the next Valentine's day.
Posted: 3:18 am on February 25th
Carolyoung writes: so great ..heart is so lovely
Posted: 10:47 am on January 21st
dennysmudge writes: love its designing
Posted: 12:04 pm on January 19th
DarylLee1 writes: wonderful idea
Posted: 3:35 am on January 11th
mickysingh writes: i love your idea dear
Posted: 1:52 am on October 16th
ajayind writes: Good Idea and Nice Hand Work
Posted: 2:16 am on October 15th
Austin_Ayword writes: love your every design
Posted: 1:24 am on July 6th
Anna_Bloom writes: awesome
Posted: 6:05 am on July 2nd
esteph6 writes: flawlesss design
Posted: 4:29 am on July 2nd
Ashtonjames writes: great work
Posted: 12:21 am on March 16th
elizabeth563 writes: awesome
Posted: 12:55 am on March 12th
Brettlii writes: awesome
Posted: 2:02 am on February 28th
elizazet writes: awesome work
Posted: 11:04 am on January 21st
AkhilGupta writes: superb
Posted: 2:29 am on December 16th
johan21 writes: wonderful
Posted: 4:24 am on December 9th
Lissa53 writes: awesome
Posted: 6:00 am on November 14th
Lissa53 writes: good one
Posted: 6:00 am on November 14th
Sofia56 writes: amazing
Posted: 12:09 am on November 11th
Sofia56 writes: great
Posted: 12:08 am on November 11th
jinkarten writes: really nice
Posted: 5:34 am on October 24th
munezlaine writes: i love with your job
Posted: 11:20 am on September 11th
fosterlaine writes: awesome work :)
Posted: 2:35 am on September 11th
sandylaine writes: i am your big fan :)
Posted: 9:59 am on September 10th
sunnylaine writes: gud share
Posted: 1:35 pm on September 7th
montylee writes: nice design
Posted: 2:43 am on August 27th
lulu5156 writes: Very lovely notebook and I shared it with my readers ♥ http://felting.craftgossip.com/2014/01/31/how-to-make-a-button-embellished-notebook-cover/
Posted: 6:57 pm on January 31st
Criativa writes: Muito giro! Adorei. ;)
very good. Thanks.

Posted: 8:20 am on December 29th
Iwannasew writes: This was a cute and fun project, I made this up and gave it for a valentine gift.
Diane, I think there is a mistake in your notebook height measurement,wouldn't it be 7 inches rather that 5 inches?
Posted: 6:30 pm on February 14th
VINTAGE2GLAM writes: Love this project. You are so good with directions, so simple and easy to follow. Love the idea of gluing down buttons first then sewing. Why didn't I think of that?
Posted: 10:01 am on April 18th
Eternal_Clouds writes: omg that is so cute cant wait to try it!!!!
Posted: 10:02 pm on March 7th
kreativelady writes: This is too cute. I have a couple of people who are getting this for a present. Kreativelady. "yea getting rid of some buttons....buttons.buttons

Posted: 11:43 pm on February 15th
Minimeg writes: Too cute! I love using buttons, and that trick with the glue is ingenious.
Posted: 10:24 pm on February 14th
LindaPermann writes: so cute! it's ingenious to glue the buttons down before sewing them-- i can't tell you how many times i've tried to either magically remember the position or hold it all together while i tried to sew them in place.
Posted: 8:39 pm on February 14th
47cats writes: Diane, I love it! Anything with buttons makes me happy. Lynn
Posted: 7:39 pm on February 14th
Fanie writes: This project is great, Diane! :-) I'm a little too busy to make it for Valentine's day, but I may make it for his birthday! Yay!
Posted: 10:23 pm on February 13th
susanstars writes: that's awesome, Diane, I love the idea! I especially heart the circles version :)
Posted: 6:06 pm on February 13th
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