How to Make a Button-Embellished Notebook Covercomments (9) February 13th, 2009
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
- Measuring tape
- About 1/4 yard wool felt
- Washable fabric marker
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine and thread
- Craft glue
- Small paintbrush
- Embroidery needle
- Pearl cotton embroidery floss
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.
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