This was Addy’s first year of VBS and preschool, and I was overwhelmed with all of the paperwork that she brought home. She doesn’t want me to get rid of anything, but the clutter was starting to get to me! That’s when I decided to buy a 3-ring binder and a pack of sheet protectors. For the larger projects, I tried to alter them to fit relatively flat. And I still do toss many of the coloring pages after they’ve been on the fridge for a bit.
So I went from clutter to organized, but the binder was ugly! I thought about asking Addy to color a page for the cover, and then got the idea to create a fabric cover. Here’s what I did to cover a standard 1.5″ 3-ring binder:
13″ x 25″ main fabric print for exterior
13″ x 25″ lining fabric
25″ x 15″ coordinating fabric to create the interior “pockets” to slide the binder into
4″ x 5″ clear plastic sheet (in the table cloth section at JoAnn’s)
From the fabric, you’ll need to cut to the following dimensions:
12.5″ x 23.75″ main print
12.5″ x 23.75″ lining
2 – 12.5″ x 14″ for interior pockets
3″ x 4″ clear plastic
water/air soluble marker or pencil or chalk
Finally, lay the lining fabric over the exterior and pocket fabrics. Pin. Sew, leaving a 3″ opening at the bottom to turn the cover right side out. I like to leave the opening near the center bottom. Below you can see the opening in my cover.
Clip your corners.
Turn the cover right side out – if you get confused, remember that the pockets should be on the lining side. Push your corners out and press. To close up the opening that you left for turning, you can hand sew it with a whip stitch or topstitch (I prefer to topstitch).
I chose to topstitch the cover at the top and bottom, but only in the area between the pockets. If you topstitch the pockets, you run the risk of the cover being too snug for the binder.
Now cover up your ugly 3-ring binder, stand back and admire! Don’t forget to label your binder. I just wrote “Addy, VBS & Preschool, 2010-2011” on a piece of scrapbook paper and tucked it into the pocket.