Most everyone has a couple of plain, mismatched binders in their home, most likely, in their office. Part of the rearranging and decorating of our family office space involves giving our binder collection a cohesive look. I originally covered the binders in a tan striped material, but the material lacked any pizzazz against the newly tan walls. So, act two involved a great maroon, tan, and green striped decorator fabric that I found for $9.99 a yard at the Jo-Ann’s Winter Sale. At 54 inches wide, the width allowed for a lot of project mileage for a little investment. Whatever material you choose, it needs to have some weight to handle repeated usage and the hot glue needed to apply the material to the binder.
Please note that the fabric doesn’t have to be cut perfectly. The insides will be covered and any little mistakes will be hidden.
First, you must decide which binders to cover. I covered my Blog, Home, Food, and Medical binders.
Next, you need to find some nice binder clips. This line is from Martha Stewart at Staples. I used coordinating cardstock to make my inserts.
Cut the material to allow about an inch around each side. Heat up the glue gun and start at one of the short sides with the glue. Flip the binder off and close it to glue the other side. If you glue it while open it could be too tight to close.
Some of the D rings on the inside of the binder will not allow the material to fit under easily. At this point, you can cut out a half moon to make it fit.
Almost there. Now fold the corners and glue down the long sides. Be careful, the glue is hot.
The next to last step is to cut an 8.5 x 11 inch piece of material to cover the inside flaps and to hide all the uneven edges and the glue. The last step is to attach the binder clips and to insert your cardstock labels. You can also use the inserts that come with the kit.
As you can see, these binders came out great. Nothing wrong with the original effort except for style points. One quick tip for applying the binder clips. I lined mine up on the bookcase and applied them in this position. Laying the binders flat makes it difficult to line the clips up evenly.
Okay, now it’s your turn. I would love to see how yours turned out. Give me a holler when you are done.
Now back to painting, Anita