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No Sew Notebook Cover

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More crafting for the new school year!

We had a couple of old composition books around that the kids didn’t use last year. I had an idea to pretty them up a little bit.



What I used :

Scrap fabric


Glue gun



I made a few mistakes here and there but I will tell you alllll about them in the steps! LOL


STEP 1 –


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Put your notebook on top of the fabric with the bottom of the notebook hanging over about 1/2″. Leaving 2″ on both sides of the notebook, cut around.



STEP 2 – 


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Cut 2 pieces of ribbon 2″ past the edges of the notebook.



STEP 3 –

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Cut a piece of ribbon about 4″ longer than the notebook (this will be the place mark).



STEP 4 –

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While your notebook is closed*, put some hot glue on the binding and attach the place mark.

*I had it open.



STEP 5 – 

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With your notebook closed*, add hot glue to the spin, center your fabric and attach it.



STEP 6 –

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Add hot glue around the edges of one side and wrap the fabric around. Do that to both sides.

(You should have some room at the top and bottom where the cover is longer than the fabric.)



STEP 7 –

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Open the notebook, hot glue the edges of the fabric and stick it to the inside.



STEP 8 –

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Close the notebook, add hot glue to the top edges and place your ribbon on top. *Do NOT mash the ribbon down. I think that’s why mine looks wrinkly.

Do the same to the bottom edges.

Open the notebook back up and glue the edges of the ribbon to the inside.






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I made this one for Cailey because she LOOOOVES SpongeBob!!!



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And I made this one for me! 😉


I am going to try my hand at adding the fabric to spiral bound notebooks. I’ll let you know how that goes. 😉






My SUPER Cheap Homeschool Planner

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Wanna know how much I paid for my homeschool planner??? Well, I’m about to tell you….. 17 cents. Yes, you read correctly. 17 cents.

You’re thinking, but I can get one online for free! BUT if you want to put it in the hands of your teens you’ll have to print it alllll out and THAT will cost you more than 17 cents. 😉

But, you say, my teens can access it from the computer. BUT, I say, how much easier would it be for them to have a hard copy in their hands?? MUCH easier. 😉

Here is how I turn a cheap notebook into a planner.

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You simple take a ruler (or a book edge if you can’t find said ruler) and draw in the boxes. 5 across for the days and however many down you need for the subjects.

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Over on the side you can write in the subjects.

Easy peasy and SUPER cheap!!!!

I used to buy planners for about $5 each for the older 3 kids. One year the planners I always used were discontinued. I didn’t want to print alllll of that out. What a PAIN!! So, I decided to make my own and have ever since! 😀

We always personalize for each kid. That usually means printing out pictures of favorite bands, movies, games, books, etc and gluing them to the front! LOL But you know what else would work? I bet you could make a fabric cover for them, too. You could probably even use my book cover tutorial to help with that! LOL Then there’s tying ribbons to the spiral section like I listed in my back to school sewing round up. SO MANY IDEAS!!!! And they would all still be cheaper than the fancy shmancy planners. 😉

With the younger 2 kids, I use a composition book and just keep a running list of themes. Then I use that same composition book to write out the units. Next, I write the units on here for everyone to use.



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