Have you seen the price of pretty stationery these days? Add a sprinkle of glitter and some pastel colours, and suddenly a notepad costs four times as much!If, like me, you’d prefer to save your money then why not make your own? We can show you how to make fabric covered books quickly and cheaply at home with gorgeous results.
Disclosure: I am delighted to be working with Bostik as a Bostik Blogger. Each month the Bostik Bloggers are set a theme with the challenge to create a craft that our readers can easily re-create at home.
This month’s theme is back to school, and our fabric covered books are the perfect way to jazz up a few plain school notebooks that will rival any found in the designer boutiques.
What we used to make our Fabric Covered Books.
- A selection of fabric offcuts (Amazon affiliate link)
- Cheap academic diary (Amazon affiliate link) and a collection of hard covered notepads
- Bostik Fast Tak Spray Glue
- Bostik All Purpose Glue (Amazon affiliate link)
- Something disposable to protect your table (paper) and the pages of your books (kitchen towel)
How we stuck the fabric to our Fabric Covered Books
We started by cutting a piece of fabric that would cover our book with an overhang of about 2cm all around.
We chose Bostik Fast Tak spray glue to stick the fabric to our books. This permanent glue adheres almost anything together including plastic, metal, wood and stone as well as the usual paper, card and textiles. It is perfect for this project where we are sticking two different materials together and don’t want any seeping through the fabric. You can choose to spray it on both surfaces you are bonding or just one depending on their properties and the results you are looking for. We also used this method to make our Fabric Covered Magnetic Clipboards.
Spray glues should be used in well-ventilated areas, so we worked outside since it was a beautiful day. We used kitchen towel to protect the pages of our book for any rogue glue. Remember to also protect your working area with something disposable as the adhesive is permanent.
We only applied the adhesive to our books not the fabric. We sprayed the Bostik Fast Tak on one side of our book smoothing the fabric into place. After giving it a couple of minutes to dry we flipped it over and sprayed the other side. It really is a quick and easy process, and we soon had a pile of books with their fabric stuck on.
How we finished the edges of our Fabric Covered Books.
To finish the edge of the books we used Bostik All Purpose glue. All purpose is a clear, strong and quick drying glue. It’s brilliant for repairs and crafts where you don’t want to be messing around trying to hold things in place as it bonds quickly.
We tidied up the fabric edges with scissors, so they had an equal margin. To ensure a neat finish, we cut two slits either side of the spine and pushed the flap into the gap, before gluing our edges into place.
And here they are. Five fabric covered books made in about an hour, at a fraction of the cost of buying them in the shops.
My daughter now how her own bespoke academic diary to take back to school, along with a collection of pretty notebooks. (To leave strewn across her floor!).
For more glue craft inspiration check out our Super Easy Plantable Seed Paper Cards that we created for last month’s gardening challenge, our beautiful Sea Glass Sculpture and our Decoupage With Autumn Leaves which is a lovely craft to try with children.