I liked this notebook. I really did. It solved a problem I had (great!), was quick and easy to make (fantastic!) and looked rather mediocre while doing it (oh....). Oh and it also made a few new problems for me, like flopping around and opening in my purse. It didn't take long for me to decide that I needed to make it better. I played around and created a brand new version:
This is the winner! I know you want one too, so follow along with my abbreviated tutorial!
- the notebook you want to cover (I give you a tutorial for the one I made here)
- enough felt to cover it plus an extra 3.5"
- scissors or rotary cutter (with mat) and ruler
- hot glue and glue sticks
- a length of ribbon about 4 inches longer than your slipcover top to bottom
- a tiny bit of hook and loop (I used Velcro)
- Decorative elements as desired
To cover my notebook made from scraps (measuring 8.5" x 3.5") I trimmed a piece of felt into a 12" x 3.5" rectangle. Now of course I still have the same problem with the whole thing being rather floppy, but I also wanted to add a bookmark ribbon. I folded the felt short end to short end, creased lightly, opened it back up, and put a thin line of hot glue along that fold. I put about an inch of the ribbon onto the back cover, tucked into the fold then closed it up and let it set. "Hem" your ribbon by simply folding the bottom back onto itself (wrong sides together) and fastening with another dab of hot glue. You know, if you use a thinner ribbon than I did, some beads or charms would look pretty cute at the bottom and would be another great way to personalize. Just throwing that out there for consideration.... Anyway, now you have a spine and a bookmark!
Next I hemmed the short sides by folding each of them in enough to securely hold the pages in place. Since I "ate up" more of the felt with the added bookmark, I found my ideal width was 1" on each side. A tiny line of hot glue along the top and bottom edge formed the pocket needed to hold the paper in place. After that, I put a small rectangle of Velcro on each side so it would stay closed.
Now the front! I'm so excited about this! I might have invented this technique! I'm too excited to google and have my bubble burst on this. That cover?
I rubber stamped that! Yep! Just a regular rubber stamp with regular ink. I love this effect so so much and it simply couldn't be easier! Of course if this look isn't your thing, there's still plenty of other ways to decorate the front (embroidery, sewing on other fabrics, beading, just to name a few).
So I think I've given this absolutely every upgrade possible! If you can think of more, let me know in the comments! I love broadening my horizons! Either way, I hope you give this a try (maybe as part of the Felt February challenge).