Fabric Covered Binder Tutorial

By Sunday, January 20, 2013 ,

I had three binders that were the same size but did not match. A bit of fabric and spray adhesive were the perfect solution to give these binders a fresh look.





  • Fabric
  • Spray Adhesive (I used Tree House brand from Hobby Lobby, it worked well but next time I’m going to try to find the 3M brand)
  • Binder
  • Martha Stewart vertical bookplates
  • Cardstock paper that matches fabric (Sprapbook section)
  • Tools: Scissors, Rotary Cutter, Cutting Mat, Paper or sheet to protect area from adhesive spray


Step 1: Iron fabric then lay binder over a section. Cut the fabric around the binder leaving 1/2”-1” hangover. Depending on the placement of your binder rings you may need to cut an extra strip for the center. Rotary cutting this is much easier than using scissors, but you can do it either way.

Step 2: Lay your binder/fabric on a surface that you don’t mind getting adhesive on. I used a large roll of pink paper.


Step 3: If you need to use a center strip apply it first. Spray adhesive on the wrong side of fabric then press and smooth in down beside the binder rings.

Step 4: Apply the fabric to outside of binder. Lay fabric wrong side up, spray adhesive to the wrong side of your fabric then place your binder in the center. Press the center of the binder to the fabric then lay down each binder flap. Check and make sure all wrinkles are smoothed out.


Step 5: Beginning in the center by the binder clips fold in fabric and glue edges to binder. Work your way to the end. Then fold in your side edges. You may need to apply more adhesive during this process.


Step 6: Cut cardstock to size and spray adhesive one side, then lay over the binder inside covering the fabric edges. Press everything firmly and let dry overnight.


Step 7: Add your bookplate to the spine of binder.


For the black binder I first covered it in white contact paper, so that the black wouldn’t be noticeable through the fabric.