Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Etceteras: t-shirt binder

Back in January when the new year was still new, I posted a few organization ideas including a pretty fabric covered binder. You can see it here. I had the best intentions of getting organized at the start of the year. I’ve made some progress but mostly, it’s one step forward – two steps back – who’s with me on that one?

My teenage son commented on the binder and asked me to cover one of his school binders. I went through my fabric stash but nothing seemed appropriate for a teenage boy. Then I remembered the bag of clothes that I had been meaning to drop off at the donation center {another thing on my organization list that was halfway done}.

I rummaged through the bag and found a bunch of my son’s t-shirts – perfect to cover the binder with. To see how I covered the binder, you can check out my earlier post here.

As with my previous binder, I used corrugated cardboard on the inside complete with little imperfections.

I’m sure I’m not the first person to cover a book or binder with an old t-shirt but I was patting myself on the back for this upcycling idea. The best part is, whatever old t-shirt you have will be age appropriate for your kid’s books or binders. Little kids will have flowers, stripes and fun cartoon characters and older kids will have funky skateboard logos like mine did.

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  1. that's pretty cool! I have never seen that done before..

  2. Oh I love this - what a fun way to upcycle - might have to make my kids memory books for the year this way!

  3. That's a great idea and upcycling is always cool. :)

  4. I love that simple look. It's good to see you in a different manner!

  5. That's so cool! My teenager would love this, she's crafty as well and would probably love covering her binders this way, thanks for sharing.
    I saw this posted at Tip Junkie and loved it, and I'd be happy if you'd come link it up at my *Get Creative* party this week!
    Hope to see you there

  6. fabulous idea! looks amazing! Thank you for linking up to Uncommon! Always LOVE having you! Bonnie :)


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