Back to School T-Shirt-Covered Binder

Back to School T-Shirt-Covered Binder

Back-to-school season is upon us. Some moms are old pros, and others are newbies sending their kids off for the first time—like me! Either way, the perfect binder is a must-have school accessory. Why not encourage the kids to help make their own?

Got an old favorite T-shirt? Good, you're ready, then.

T-shirt binder cover


T-shirt binder supplies

  • 3-ring binder (with solid spine)
  • T-shirt
  • Aleene's Tacky Glue
  • Clothespins
  • Scissors

original T-shirt and binder

Step 1: Cut the arm holes out of your T-shirt. Next, cut the remaining part of your T-shirt in half.

Step 2: Lay the front part of your T-shirt down on a flat surface. If there is an image on the shirt, have the image facing down. Center the front of your open binder on the piece of T-shirt.

Step 3: Use your scissors to trim away excess material from around the edges. You want about two or three inches left.

Step 4: Put a strip of glue along the top, bottom and outer edge of the inside of the notebook.

Step 5: Start folding the T-shirt in around the notebook. Use clothespins to hold in place. Remember to make sure your image stays centered on the front. Do not worry about rough edges on the inside of the notebook.

front binder with clothespins

inside binder

Step 6: Use the remaining piece of T-shirt to wrap the back side of the notebook in the same way. Fold the fabric to make a neat edge on the spine. You could also use craft felt, ribbon or another decorative embellishment to cover any rough edges on the spine where the two pieces of T-shirt meet.

Step 7

Adhere a piece of craft felt using Tacky Glue to the insides of your notebook to cover the raw edges. You may need more than one sheet.

finished binder

This technique also works great for photo albums or scrapbooks.


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