How to Make a Button-Embellished Notebook Cover

comments (13) February 19th, 2016     

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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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Anchor the pen holder in place by machine-sewing close to the edge of the slit, as shown.

  The ends of the seam should curve gently toward the fold.

Here's a view of that short seam. The ends of the seam should gently curve back toward the folded edge of the felt, as shown. After sewing, trim all layers of felt close to the seam and press the pen holder flat. (Note: be careful not to press over any marks you made with the washable fabric marker. Often, pressing will make these marks permanent.)

  Rummage through your button stash to find some pretty button embellishments.

Wrap the cover around the notebook again, with that pen holder in place on the front cover. Now it's time for the fun part-rummaging through your button collection to find some pretty ones for the cover! (Any time I can dump my buttons all over the table like this, that's a good day.)

I'd recommend that you use sew-through buttons for this project rather than shank buttons. The sew-throughs will lie flatter against the felt.

  Paint small dabs of glue on the back of each button to tack it to the felt.

When you have a configuration of buttons you like, then it's time to attach them to the cover. It's actually pretty challenging to sew the buttons on one at a time and get them into a precise arrangement, so I like to tack them down first with glue.

Working with one button at a time, use a small paintbrush to paint a few tiny dabs of glue onto the back and then gently place it on the felt. I like Aleene's Tacky Glue for this step because it allows me a few seconds to reposition each button before it begins tacking up. Be careful as you're gluing-don't let any glue ooze through the holes in the buttons. This will make sewing them down much more challenging later. Try not to let any glue ooze around the sides of the button, either.

  Tweezers may make handling tiny buttons easier.

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Comments (13)

Rohit Kumar writes: this was a cute and fun project.

Posted: 6:46 am on September 5th
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
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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