On the hunt for an easy and fun family craft that allows each member to express their unique personality? The whole gang can customize their own notebook cover—no sewing experience necessary—making this is a great activity for all ages! Liven up those boring blank journals with the perfect pattern from the Spoonflower Marketplace.
These small journals are perfect for taking notes at school or virtual meetings. They are also a great way for families to document their discoveries on road trips, hikes in the woods or in your own backyard. Don’t forget to make a few extras for teachers, neighbors and other friends. They make great one-of-a-kind gifts!
We used a soft covered journal with a sewn binding that measures 3.5” x 5.5” (9 x 14 cm).
Keep reading to find out how you could also do this no-sew project with a swatch of our Peel and Stick Removable Wallpaper!
Take your fabric and place it pattern-down on your table. Then, place your notebook on top of the fabric so that the front and back cover are facing down.
Measure and mark a 1/4″ margin (.6 cm) all the way around your notebook. Then trace a second line along the outer edges of your notebook. This smaller rectangle will act as your guide when you are ready to secure the fabric to the book. Cut along the outermost (larger) rectangle, then set the fabric aside for now.
Flip your notebook over and lay it flat so that the front and back cover are facing up. Slip a piece of wax paper behind each side of the cover to protect the inner pages. Coat both sides generously with Mod Podge®.
Moving quickly, flip your notebook over again and place it on top of your fabric, paying special attention to the smaller rectangle “guide” you traced earlier. Press well. Give this a few minutes to dry.
Once the fabric is dry, use your scissors to make two small slits centered along the top and bottom of the book. We’ll glue these pieces on the inside cover on either side of the binding.
Take the top left corner of the fabric and, securing it with craft glue, fold it down on the inside cover.
Repeat on the remaining 3 corners of the fabric.
Now, beginning at the top, fold the 1/2” (1.3 cm) strip of fabric down towards the inside cover of the book and secure with craft glue. Continue this all the way around the front cover, taking small sections at a time.
Repeat on the back cover.
Once the craft glue has dried, your notebook is ready to use!
As an alternative to fabric, you can order a swatch of our Peel and Stick Wallpaper and repeat the same process–however, in this instance, you won’t need any Mod Podge® or glue! Simply cut the wallpaper down to size and stick it on the notebook. Order a black and white line art design and color it in yourself with permanent markers to customize your notebook! Check out some of our best-selling coloring book designs.