Thursday, March 1, 2012

Making Standard Binders Pretty

In my last post I showed you my new DVD storage. I love, love, love it! The binders are so handy right next to the TV instead of in the dining room hutch, its almost like I thought it through, or something. :)

The easier thing to do, would've been to buy four of the gorgeous binders that Target or Staples sells, but the patterns are really not me. Do you find that to be true for you as well? When I initially went shopping for this project, I had every intention of buying a binder right off the shelf, but the prints were either too modern or had too much colors for my taste. Plan B immediately went into effect... make my own covers. This way I could choose what ever print I wanted. (French Ticking.) Today I'm sharing a quick tutorial on how I recovered them, just in case you find yourself in the same boat.

Supplies: 
- Fabric (For 4 binders I used approx 2 yards)
- Binder
- Spray Adhesive
- Book plates (Martha Stewart Line at Staples. Choose from silver or gold)


Cut the fabric to size, leaving a 1/2" to 1" to fold over all the way around.

Cut each corner so there is not a bulge when you fold over on the top and bottom of the binder.

I don't have a picture... but adhere the fabric to the front first flap. Then close the binder and adhere fabric to the spine, following with the back flap. If you adhere the fabric while the binder is open, the fabric will be too snug when you do try to close it.

It should look something like this. Yes I know my "hem" is uneven but it doesn't matter because...

The next step is to cut a piece of fabric to cover the inside and adhere it. Now it has a finished look when it opened.

Lastly, I applied the book plate. The Martha Stewart line has a self-adhesive back. I think the silver looks gorgeous with the ticking.

Pretty simple, right. Each binder costs a total of $6.50 to make. The most expensive part was the ticking fabric at $6.97/yard. So really, this project could be accomplished for less. But I think the end result is just darling!




Till next time....





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82 comments:

  1. I love that! i'm a new follower and hope you'll follow back! Found you from a friend....Bliss...
    Lorraine

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  2. Followed over from Bliss Ranch and am a new follower. So glad Bliss mentioned you or I might not have found you. This is such a fabulous idea! I am looking for a lot of organization inspiration and your linky party idea is awesome. Thanks!

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  3. Thanks for sharing how to make the average folders look so nice! Great idea!
    www.realcoake.blogspot.com
    Following you now as well.
    KCoake

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  4. Those look fantastic! I love the idea to store DVD's that way. So much prettier and more practical than keeping them in their cases! :)

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  5. i am TOTALLY doing this. So beautiful! I have been wanting to get a DVD case...but this is 100 times better. Thanks for the idea, and thank you for the sweet comment today! Looks like I'll be using the same metal tags again!

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  6. Thank you for the tutorial - I had no idea there was a Martha Stewart line at Staples. Those are exactly what I have been looking for! You will see where I am going to use them at your next linky party :-) Just hope my Staples has a lot in stock, lol!

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  7. These are beautiful! I love ticking and never thought to cover a binder in fabric. What a great idea!
    This may be the solution I've been looking for for storing our DVDs. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  8. Great ideas. We have DVD binders ourselves, love the streamline look it gives us. But ours aren't nearly as cute!

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  9. Great idea!

    Melissa
    http://t-g-life.blogspot.com

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  10. What do you use to hold the dvds?

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  11. OOOKKKKKK, next week MAYBE for uncluttered Thursday I'll tackle our movies. Maybe! This week I didn't get anything uncluttered because the Grands were here re-cluttering behind me. My two daughters also were here crafting at my dining room table, and though they picked up their stuff, they piled the craft bin etc., in the corner. So I have an unwanted craft corner full of my stuff and theirs.

    ~Bliss~

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  12. I never would have thought those were those white cheapy binders before. They look so expensive and high end now, great job!!

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  13. I love the idea of using fabric. I have some ugly binders that will benefit from this face lift.

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    1. I tried to do this before with paper but fabric looks much better! Congratulations!

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  14. Those are GORGEOUS! The fabric is worth it - so styllish!

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  15. Found you via IHeartOrganizing...

    Great idea! Will definitely be borrowing it soon! :) Now I can buy the cheap white binders instead of the expensive colored ones! Thanks for sharing your brilliance with us all! :)

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  16. I've wanted to do this for so long. Your's turned out great! Thanks for sharing!!

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  17. Hello - found your blog from IHeart Organizing. I've been wanting to do something like this to the cheapo, plastic binders I have and now I know exactly how to execute it. Thanks for much for sharing! I'm officially a new follower. :)

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  18. Found you through Pinterest. These are so awesome! thanks for sharing with us. I have to ask, though, about your fabric - I just happened to have been searching everywhere (and I do mean everywhere!) for this exact same ticking in this color for a different project - would really,really appreciate knowing where you found yours (pretty please). :)

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  19. Such a clever idea! They turned out great! Many thanks for sharing :)

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  20. Love it! Going to try it out this weekend : )

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  21. I love the idea but is the fabric loose when you have the binder open? I feel like that would drive me crazy!

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  22. Nice! I'm going to try this too!

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  23. I am loving this! My husband and I will doing this project while he is on leave in July! I will have to post it on my blog! Thanks for the idea. With 3 kids we have TONS of movies. And I have 10 one inch binders in the garage. Cant wait to get started! Thanks again!

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  24. Hi! Found this on Pinterest and you've got me hooked. Organization? Love it (but I'm not so much). Vintage? Way into it (and that's part of my organization problem). So I'm off to go check out more of your blog and I'm your newest follower!

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  25. I love to use binders to organize so many things, so I LOVE this idea! Great tutorial!

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  26. So pretty!! Love it!!! Love our site!
    LeAnn @ this southern girl

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  27. Very nice! We have a bunch of old, ugly binders that I can now use without cringing!

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  28. Very nice! We have a bunch of old, ugly binders that I can now use without cringing!

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  30. I think I'm going to do this, but use for photo albums which can be costly and not as cute! Thanks!

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  31. Going to try this for my kids school binders! They always rip apart at the seams, maybe this will give them a little extra strength as well as style!

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  32. This is so ironic. I was just planning on going and covering my 'binder' with fabric to turn it into a portfolio of sorts! This is a great tutorial!! Thanks!
    Nissa

    http://nissazaididesigns.blogspot.com

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  33. Where can I get inserts for DVD's that are not "cheap" and are sturdy?? Any ideas? I have wanted to do this for a long time. My husband is not keen on taking the movies out o the cases but with 400 plus/ minus movies, something has to give - and he isn't willing to part with many more of the movies and neither are the kids! But I need space and a move is in the future! Help please!

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  34. Oh, the memories! My mom did this with our books/binders when I was young! What a delight to see this being done again!

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  35. The fabric on the inside cover . . . You just press the edges under? There's no stiffener behind that fabric?

    LOVE your binders. Thank you for sharing!

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  36. Where do you get DVD inserts for the binders? I love the look of these!

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  37. Thank you for your tutorial! I'm about to make a couple of these - one for our wedding "guest book", and one for our wedding photo album. :)

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  38. Love it! It says you used two yards of fabric for four binders. What size binders did you use? I can't tell from the picture if they were 1 inch or 1.5 inch. Thanks!

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  39. You could also use some fabric paint for the label in the side, for a more casual feel.

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  40. AWESOME! Doing this this weekend! Where can you get DVD inserts?

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  41. I just found this on my quest to dress up all my boring, blue and black binders. I love this and WILL be doing this soon! I'll make sure to link your website for the idea :)

    http://managingthemanor.blogspot.com

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  42. Has anyone tried to do this and leave the pockets where you can use them? I'm trying to make a planner binder.

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  43. Thanks for sharing your tutorial. It's simple and informative. I'm re-organizing again, so this will be great!

    Maryann Matas
    http://maryannscreations.wordpress.com

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  44. Why have I never thought of this?! It would be awesome to make your own planner, as the commenter mentioned above. Awesome! You rock!
    Liz

    http://liz-makes.blogspot.com/

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  45. L.O.V.E.!! I'm going to do this with our bill and family organizer binders first. What a great way to use up some extra fabric, too. I also love what you did with the DVD binders. We have one of the big ugly black canvas binders for ours, and discs are always falling out. I also like how you have different binders for each type of movie -- great for keeping kid movies separate. Thanks for the easy, practical tutorial!!

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  46. Love this idea. What template did you use to print the labels for the bookplates?

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  47. I really liked your tutorial. I have a shelf of mismatched binders in my office that are about to get a makeover. Thanks.

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  48. You can male standard binders look pretty with guidance from the post here. Have a look at it

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  49. What a GREAT article. I am not a crafty person, but this was so easy that I was able to do it. Thank you! I bought a ton of binders and will be giving thesse to my friends and families. http://www.gorillaofficesupplies.com/Binders-and-Accessories.aspx?did=13 and will be giving

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  50. I can't find those Martha Stewart label holders anywhere? Could you post a link? Thank you!!

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  51. Love this idea! The ticking you used is perfect as is the labels.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Suzanne

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  52. We had to do this with our school books when i grew up in England, but back then we used packing paper or left over christmas wrapping paper. Yours looks much classier.lol Great job!

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  53. I found you via Pinterest. These are stunning!

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  54. Ooh what a great Idea cones just in time,i am making my recipe binder and have the same ugle binders so i think i need to do that :)
    Thank u for sharing

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  55. Hi,
    This is my first time here....I am so glad I stopped by! I have decided to make my own SMASH book, and pages, and this helped me figure out how to do the cloth!!!! I want it all my own idea....thanks again! Sandy @ 521 Lake Street

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  56. Hi; Iesha; I am soooooooo very grateful to you for posting this information! I just discovered it today on a Pinterest page by Michele Petroske. Thank you for the simplicity and reasonableness of this craft. TFS - Juanita Brown, Columbus, Ohio

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  57. Something so simple makes such a big impact. I love it! Thanks for taking the time to make this tutorial.

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  58. LOVE this idea! I have so many binders that I am using that are so unattractive. I have pinned this for later :)

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  59. Oh I just stumbled upon your blog. I love this idea! This would be great for scrapbooks too!

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  60. Doing this today! SOOO much better than ugly binders..wow. You are gorgeous too BTW. Had to tell ya. ;) Happy Day!

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  61. Just found your blog through pinterest. Such a great tutorial! Thanks!

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  62. Seriously!!!!!......WOW! I so love this. Girly, YOU a so smart!
    Thanks

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  63. Thank you so much! These will look so cute for school! No more plain white binders for me!

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  64. Found this on Pinterest, great idea. We used to do something similar with schoolbooks and brown paper bags. They weren't as cute as yours.

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  65. Love it!!! Absolutely going to do this. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  66. Wonderful end result! Love the fabric you chose!

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  67. Do you think these binders would hold up if I made them for my daughter?

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  68. Just found your post and I could not agree more that all the binders out there are a bit…juvenile in design and just not me. Going to take your idea and pick some fabric up! Thanks again for sharing!
    Yana
    www.nomadluxuries.com

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  69. So happy to have found your post. These will look beautiful covered in my home office. Thank you for sharing!!

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  70. Found this post on Pinterest...I love it!!! I store a lot of things in binders, and this is so much prettier than the plain white ones I have! Thank you!

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  71. You are just amazing, thank you for sharing wonderful ideas.

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  72. Just what I was looking for. Now to assemble the supplies and wait for the weather to warm up to use that spray adhesive.

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  73. Just what I was looking for. Now to assemble the supplies and wait for the weather to get warm so I can use that spray adhesive outside.

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  74. You must have been peeking into my closets and saw all the hodgepodge looking 3 ring binders holding all my genealogy research..This is a great idea..We used to cover our school notebooks with Kraft paper or a paper bag from the grocery store..same way we wrapped packages to be mailed. The grocery store paper bags were thicker back then(before 1960) then they are today. Kraft paper seems to be awfully thin these days and tears so easy. Could you post a printable pattern for doing this, please? It could be used to cut the fabric one chooses. With about 40 notebooks of all different colors and thickness, this could get expensive. I could just see me running out of the same fabric and having to choose something else in the middle of this project! Super idea, I'd like to try it on at least one notebook. Maybe it would be less expensive to buy all white notebooks and use white label tape/black ink print. I like your idea though. Thanks for sharing!

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  75. You are so right. They are perfectly darling. Actually they are classic and chic. Love them. Thanks for sharing.

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  76. So excited to have a new project for this week! Thank you for the inspiration. My binders thank you as well!

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