Thursday, January 12, 2012

Etceteras: new year organizing {fabric binder}

I love binders – and since I’m still organizing and cleaning I thought I’d pretty up some binders that weren’t being used. 

It’s really easy to take a plain old binder and cover it in fabric. 

Lay your binder flat and cut a piece of fabric about an inch larger than the binder. Glue or spray mount the fabric to the outside of the binder and fold over the raw edges. Ooops – I didn’t cut my fabric very straight.

Glue a piece of pretty scrapbook paper or cardstock to the insides covering the raw fabric edges. I chose to use scrap corrugated cardboard just to mix things up a bit. I also added string wrapped around the cardboard so I could tuck in bits of paper or clippings.

I plan to use this binder a lot so I don’t mind that the corrugated cardboard isn’t perfect. Plus the thickness of the cardboard will add some durability.

Add some pretty divider tabs or make them out of scrapbook paper.

Do you still use binders for recipes and magazine clippings? I know some people have gone completely high tech with recipes on laptops and tablets and ideas on Pinterest. But I love how pretty this low tech binder looks. 

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  1. A brilliant idea for revamping a plain binder. The idea of string around the cardboard is brilliant, very handy for notes you don't want to punch or staple.

  2. Very pretty! Love your fabric selection. Just became a recent follower!

  3. Love this! I almost wish I was still working so I'd need one! But I'm sure I can find another use for one. Thanks for sharing.

  4. love this idea! I have all these ugly plastic binders I'd love to make pretty :) PS- I still tear things out of magazines. I have separate binders for recipes, house stuff, gifts, and health/exercise :) I can't handle everything being on my computer. lol.

  5. I love this! I was just thinking about looking up how to do something like this to keep all of my favorite recipes in that I print from online. Very cute! Thank you for sharing.

  6. P.S. I found you from the link up on The Crafty Nest (

  7. I found you JUST in time! Reorganizing my "Favorite" recipes and this will be PERFECT!!! I can use a little left over fabric from my chair cushions! Pinned!

  8. Thanks for the inspiration! I am still old school..I have my recipes in a pile (many were hand written by my mother)...thank you !


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