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.)

Photo: Diane Gilleland
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If you're working with very small buttons, you might find it easier to pick them up and place them back down with tweezers.

When all of the buttons have been glued, leave them to dry for about an hour.

  When the glue is dry, sew the buttons in place.

When the glue is dry, remove the cover from the notebook again. Sew the buttons to the felt-I'm using pearl cotton embroidery thread here. Two or three stitches through each set of holes should be plenty.

  Fold in the sides of the finished cover and pin them in place.

With the buttons attached, place the cover face down on your work surface. Fold in the two side flaps as shown. (The pen holder will mark the location of one fold. If you need to, you can place the cover on the notebook again to gauge the location of the second fold.)

Pin the folds in place.

  Blanket-stitch along the top and bottom edges of the cover.

Begin at one corner and blanket-stitch across the top edge of the cover, ending at the other corner. As you can see, part of this seam will stitch through two layers of felt and part of it will stitch through only one.

Then, repeat the process to blanket-stitch along the bottom edge of the cover. Again, I'm using pearl cotton embroidery thread.

  Slide the front and back covers of the notebook into the pockets of the felt.

With those seams in place, you'll have two pockets in your finished cover. Slip the front and back covers of the notebook into these pockets, as shown. And now you have a spiffy notebook that always has its own pen, so you'll never miss another brainstorm!

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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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