December 17, 2010

DIY Gift Ideas # 5:: Fabric covered notebooks...

DIY Gift Idea #5 :: Fabric covered notebook


Believe it or not, but it's only recently that I discovered Vliesofix also known as bondaweb, fusible webbing that sticks on two sides. Also recently, I bought Kasja Wikman's book Scandinavian Stitches. Inspired by the wonderful projects in the book I had to find Vliesofix right away. I was lucky to find some at the mercerie around the corner. The same evening I whipped together a Christmas themed drawstring bag, which didn't make it to the blog because it's simply not me. The girls think it's cute, but I'm not sure I like it.

DIY Gift Idea #5 :: Fabric covered notebook


Anyway, a couple of days after making the bag I saw the most wonderful (and also pricey) fabric covered envelopes at a store here in Paris. Seeing this was immediately followed by another one of my aha-moments which made me rush home. To make a long story short - I had plenty Vliesofix left. I also happened to have a couple of Moleskine notebooks. That combined with pieces of leftover fabric and you have fabric-covered notebooks! I finished them in no time and I think they look totally cute. The possibilities are of course endless. Make a couple in assorted colors and you have a nice teacher's gift, stocking stuffer, or just to keep them in your purse...
Here's a short description of how to make them. I didn't have time to make step-by-step photographs, but I believe it is kind of straightforward. So, here we go:

What you need:

- fabric, big enough to cover a notebook
- Vliesofix
- notebook (Moleskines are great for this)
- good sewing scissors, pencil, ruler
- iron

Instructions:

1. Cut a piece of Vliesofix slightly bigger than the notebook you want to cover
2. Iron the Vliesofix onto the wrong side of your fabric, paper side up. Cut fabric to size, along the outlines of the Vliesofix.
3. Peel off paper and place on top of your notebook. If your fabric has a pattern make sure to align perfectly - once the fabric sticks, it sticks! With your iron, press to fuse the fabric onto the cover. Let cool down a bit. Check if it sticks really well everywhere.
4. With small sewing scissors trim the excess fabric around the edges... and done!

Now, don't you think they look awesome!?

If you're into Moleskines also check out this post, from last year!

DIY Gift Idea #5 :: Fabric covered notebook


Please note, this tutorial is intended for personal use only. Therefore, do not reproduce, sell or commercialize in any form. Thanks for understanding!


If you made something using a tutorial found on this blog or if you got inspired by something you found here, make sure to post your pictures here.

22 comments:

jane said...

i´m off to make a tote with fabric flowers. you have so many great ideas here. thanks for the tutorials!
warm hugs!

meisje van vervlogen dagen said...

Ik ben ook een vliesofix-fan. Ik had niet gedacht dat je het ook op papier/karton kon gebruiken. Bedankt voor de tip.

Laura said...

They look amazing! The fabric covered envelopes sound intriguing too! Just off now to Google Vliesofix. :)

Noga said...

I love it. Not only for a gift, I would be happy to have one myself..
Lovely idea and well done!

nicole/brussels said...

waar blijf jij het halen, zo'n prachtig idee, en zo mooi afgewerkt, echt iets om te hebben!

Lisa said...

Hi there-- I'm new to your blog, and it's wonderful. So many beautiful photos and beautiful projects. I may get ambitious and make a bag this weekend!

Jackie @ craftonmymind said...

Wow, I've had some Vliesofix sitting rolled up on my shelf so long its falling apart - looks like the perfect way of both using it up and creating something beautiful. I'd never thought of ironing it onto anything but two layers of fabric - thanks for the inspiration!

Mari said...

I love decorating Moleskine notebooks.... and I love Vliesofix... Can't believe I haven't thought of this superb way of combining the two! Thanks for sharing, great idea!!

blue moss said...

of course i love these!!!!
thanks so much
michelle

cindy said...

love these pascale!

Aimee said...

These are awesome! thank you so much for this tutorial... will definitely be giving these a go :)

la.daridari said...

cute! and what a precision with the green checked one!

eloleo said...

... ahaaaaaaaaaa! Merci!

Rylie Renee said...

I LOVE THIS! It's so cute!!
Thanks so much for sharing.
-rylie from www.outnumberedblog.com

Vinisha said...

congrats! keep up the good work/this is a great presentation.
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Sara said...

I LOVE little notebooks. I've created a couple myself on my site. I had never heard of Vliesofix. Can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

leuk zeg!!!
waar vind je vliesofix?

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Great idea. Simple and effective.

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Mie said...

En rafelen die randen dan niet?

Pascale said...

@Mie: Ik heb er nu een paar al een hele tijd in gebruik en dat uitrafelen valt nogal mee. Af en toe komt er een draadje los, maar meer is het niet. Na een jaar in de handtas, zien mijn schriftjes er nog goed uit. Als je helemaal op zeker wil spelen, kan je de stof natuurlijk ook in biais knippen, maar dan heb je natuurlijk meer stof nodig...

Mie said...

Mercikes!

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