So first, I got my binder, and my tabs, and all the fixing that I wanted. Then I went to re designing all the pages to fit my personality and taste. I wanted them all to go together. After I did all that my binder just didn't scream....I AM SO AWESOME...LOOK AT ALL THE WORK THAT WAS PUT INTO ME! I was devastated. It was missing something. So I jumped on the computer, pulled up our blog, and BEHOLD...Denise's post. Really...did y'all see that binder. I just want the binder sitting on my counter forget all the stuff inside. So I decided to get a better looking binder. They have some seriously cute ones out there and you definitely pay for it believe me. So being a FABRIC girl, I decided to make it a cover using the same colors I had used when designing all the pages. So smart, I know. HA HA. Anyways, here is my finished product...the outside at least. I'm not completely ready to show you the inner workings yet.
I know you all have some fabric out there that you just LOVE LOVE LOVE and this is the perfect way to use it. Also, I thought it would be a great idea to recover all the binders in the office that are oddly colored and mismatched with the same fabric that goes with the room to make it all look oh so snazzy!
Here we go...all you need is this...
Fabric (I choose 4 different prints, but I like to be difficult)
Thread, needle, pins (the usual)
Binder (any size will do, you measure from that)
Any notions (rick-rack, ribbon, etc)
Before you begin, make sure all your fabric pieces are ironed and clean. It makes a world of difference.
1. Open up your binder and lay it on a piece of newspaper, or paper that is a bit larger than it.
2. Trace around the entire binder marking where the spine is.
3. Now draw a seam allowance around that (I used 1 inch just in case of mistake, I make a lot of those)
4. Then cut out your pattern.
5. Next cut out one piece of fabric to match the pattern. This will be the outside of the binder. I sewed a few pieces together to make the one piece so that it added a little more, but I'm just off my rocker sometimes!
6. Then fold the pattern in half and cut 2 pieces from the same fabric or different fabric for contrast. This will be the inside of the binder.