Wednesday, February 6, 2013

How to cover your ring binder with fabric!

I'm starting my clothing production course soon so I need a ring binder for my notes and stuff!  I didn't want to go out and buy one since I already have a bunch of functional ones to use.  This particular one I've had since I was 15 or so, and it's covered with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle contact.  While there is nothing wrong with that, I thought I'd go for a more feminine and less teenaged style, and use this cute blue and pink fabric as a slip cover!  This way, if I feel like being 15 again I can just take it off and see TMNT again. (I was really into ninjas when I was a teenager. I wanted to be a ninja SO BAD.)
 First open out your folder and measure how long it is.  Then add how much flap you want there to be on either side.  I just doubled it essentially, because I wanted to cover up all the weird things I'd written on the inside of the folder.  Plus you want to hem the sides.  Remember to add seam allowances to the height of the folder.
You'll end up with a long piece of fabric the same height as your folder.  Wrap it round the folder and mark where you need to sew to, and sew it up right-sides-together.  Turn and slip it on your folder!

Done!  It even matches my pencil case!
 It nicely covers up all the weird scribbles the folder accumulated. 
And I can use the cover as a pocket for my notebook!  Or anything else secret I might want to store in there :-)

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