If you’re looking for a summer craft project that would be fun for kids to tackle, try this fabric covered notebook tutorial. Or if you have a tiny artist in your house, use a sketchbook instead. With some adult supervision (this does involve scissors), kids can make their own customized notebooks using inexpensive composition books and a little bit of fabric. They also make great party favors for kid’s birthday parties and are perfect for when back to school rolls around again.

Fabric covered notebooks on onecharmingparty.com #backtoschool

Fabric covered notebooks on onecharmingparty.com #backtoschool

You will need: 1/4 yard of fabric, composition notebooks, spray adhesive, fabric scissors, rubber gloves

Directions: Cut 2 pieces of fabric slightly larger than the notebook–about 1 inch larger than you need on each of 3 sides. You don’t need to leave extra room on the spine side of the notebook. NOTE: You may want to put on rubber gloves to protect your hands from the spray adhesive. This stuff is super sticky. After cutting the fabric, spray adhesive on the front of the notebook. Situate the cut fabric on top of the notebook, without covering over the spine. Press down evenly, smoothing out any bumps. Open the notebook up to the inside cover. Lightly spray the inside cover with adhesive, and fold over the excess fabric flaps and secure with more adhesive if necessary. Next cut a smaller piece of fabric into a rectangle to cover up the remaining, exposed inside cover. Wait for the adhesive to dry. Repeat this process with the back cover and back inside cover, waiting for adhesive to dry. Lastly, cut a fabric strip the length of notebook and 2-3 inches wide to cover the spine. Spray adhesive on the spine, attach fabric strip and smooth out any wrinkles. Once the adhesive dries, your notebook is ready for summer, parties, and back to school.

Fabric covered notebooks on onecharmingparty.com #backtoschool

Fabric covered notebooks on onecharmingparty.com #backtoschool

Fabric covered notebooks on onecharmingparty.com #backtoschool

Photography, design + styling by Brittni Mehlhoff.


  1. Love this idea!! Do you happen to know the source for the darling diamond fabric??

    Bettijo    Saturday, June 8, 2013
  2. Hi Bettijo. I purchased the diamond fabric from Hobby Lobby for this project. I don’t recall the exact brand though.

    Brittni    Thursday, June 27, 2013
  3. I enjoyed this tutorial a lot. I use comp journals constantly and tend to leave them as they are or cover the fronts with contact paper. This is a great alternative.

    Suzanne    Thursday, June 27, 2013

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