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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In addition, cut a small rectangle of felt that wraps around your favorite pen, as shown. The two ends of the felt should extend about 1 inch beyond the pen. The pen I'm using required a 3-inch-wide by 2-3/4-inch rectangle-yours may be different.

  Wrap the felt cover around the covers of the notebook.

Place the large felt rectangle on your work surface. If your felt has a right side, it should be facing down. Place the notebook, open, on the felt and center it. Wrap the ends around the two covers as shown.

  Mark the location of the pen holder on the edge of the front cover.

Now, look at the edge of the front cover. We're going to install a pen holder here. Using that small rectangle you cut earlier as a guide, mark the location on the edge of the cover, as shown. I'm using a washable fabric marker here.

  Cut a slit in the felt along the line you marked.

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Comments (27)

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 ♥
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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