Binder Cover

Wow! This is my first Moda Bakeshop tutorial!

Since it is the beginning of the School year, I decided to do a School type project!

I hope you enjoy this SIMPLE pattern that I use to cover my Inspiration journals.


Feel free to email me if you have any questions:

-8 Simple Abundance Layer Cake Pieces

-1 Fat Quarter of Moda Muslin or Simple Abundance

1/2″ Seam Allowance unless otherwise stated in instructions.

Step 1- You will need one of those cheap 1″ binders. This one is a nasty shade of blue that refused to take a good photograph! When opened flat, it will measure about 12″ x 22″

Step 2- Pick out 8 coordinating Layer Cake pieces for this project.

(put the rest of them away until you are finished—to avoid confusion..believe me.)

Select three to become the outside cover, and cut them in half. Set them aside for a minute.

Step 3- Get another of your Layer Cake pieces to use for the spine of the Binder. Cut it into 2 pieces that are 4″ x 6 1/2″. Sew them, RST, at one end. Press seam flat.

Step 4- Get the Front and Back cuts, and sew them together as pictured below. After you have pressed the seams, sew the spine pieces in the center.

Step 5– We are going to make the inside flaps out of the remaining 4 pieces. Take one of the layer cake pieces and cut two 3″ x 10″ pieces. Sew these to the tops of 2 Layer Cake pieces.

Step 6- Choose one of these inside flap pieces to be on the left flap. (The flap that is inside the front cover.) We are going to make a pocket out of the last Layer Cake piece by folding it in half, and pressing it on the fold. Place the raw edges along the bottom.

Step 7- Fold the right edge, of this whole flap piece, under 1/2″ and press. Take the other flap piece, and fold the left edge under 1/2″ and press.

Step 8- Top stitch down these folded edges at 1/8″ and 1/4″. I sewed a pencil/scissors section into the pocket. You can sew as many sections as you need.

Step 9– Lay the outside piece on top of your muslin, and cut it to size.

Step 10- Make a sandwich. Lay the Outside face up, with the flap pieces face down and seams towards the center.

Step 11- Lay the Moda Muslin on top of it all, and sew around the edges with a

1/4″ seam allowance.

Leave a 3″ opening, at the spine fabric, for turning right side out.

Step 12- Clip the corners close to the stitching line, and turn right side out. Press the opening in 1/4″ so that it matches the rest of your seam line. Edge Stitch it closed.

Step 13– Put the cover on your ugly….uninspiring binder.

You will have to bend your binder backwards to get it on both sides.

Step 14– Ta-Dah!!! Look how cute it is! If it is too big, you can top stitch the edges to make it tighter. ( If it is too small….uhhhhh….cram it in there really hard!)

You can get 5 binder covers out of a Layer Cake.
I think these would be great for your Inspiration Journals, Recipe Books, Scrap Books, etc.

Mine is already full!

For more ideas and a GIVEAWAY visit my blogs : lola…again!!! and Izzy & Ivy Designs.

25 comments on “Binder Cover

  1. Donna says:

    Really cute! I wonder if my sixteen year old would carry one of these to school or if she'd say “Ewww, mom!” We'll find out!

  2. What a great tutorial! I use binders with page protectors to store all my recipes that I tear out of magazines, so I don't have to search for them again. Only keepers go in the binder though!

    I also use them for all my patterns. I have one binder for knit and crochet, which is stuffed full…time for a 2 inch! I have one for quilt patterns, and one for general craft patterns. Keeping them neatly in page protectors ensures that they stay flat and clean, and you can even slip in samples, gauge swatches and notes on a project.

    I just might have to dress up my binders now that you have shared this great idea!



  3. Mary Anna says:

    LOVE IT!!!! I love 3-ring binders and am constantly slipping pretty papers into the pockets. This will be a fun project!

  4. Heather says:

    This great!! and think of all the variations you can make with different fabric

  5. Natalia says:

    Cute, great time of year too!

  6. Ringmaster says:

    Awesome!!! My daughter was just whining about how plain her binders were. I know she will love these.

  7. Kimberly says:

    Love this one… do-able and use-able for my 12 year old!

  8. Barbie says:

    What a great idea! I think I'll make one for my teacher friend who goes back to school very soon….thank you!

  9. Vicki says:

    Awesome!! Can't wait to try this. The kids will be able to identify their things this year. My daughter is happy that her looseleaf will match her purse that I just made her.

  10. Needled Mom says:

    Cute, and just in time for the new school year.

  11. Angela says:

    I like this. I use binders to keep all my patterns at an easy reach. This will make them pretty instead of the yucky plastic.

    Thank you.

  12. Gaylen says:

    It almost make's me want to go bake yo school!

  13. Busty LaRue says:

    CUTE! Can't wait to get some of these made! I have a couple of plain boring binders that need some cheering up. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Super cute! Congratulations on your first MBS project ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Thank you so much for coming by. I look forward to getting to know you. I have lots of fun just around the corner.


  16. Nicole says:

    Very Cute. I REALLY want some of that fabric, I was a little dissapointed wasn't in the stash of fabric that MODA sent for tutorials.

  17. That is nice!! I just made one for my son, but was very simple, and not so pretty. I used plain solid fleece… and yes, the color is blue ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the trick to put the cover in. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Rita says:

    Nice idea and cute work. You will be a great desinger.


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  19. Great! I have a lot of ugly binders around here for recipes, family information, Christmas lists – I'm going to make a bunch of these!

  20. tammiemarie says:

    hi jana! i haven't “talked” to you since the mobile swap, and here you go getting all famous! congrats on the bakeshop projects!

  21. Cobbscout says:

    I love it! I use binders for my competed quilts/projects – TaDa binders. And for projects to be done — ToDo binders. They are white boring covers. This will be a great project to use up some scrap fabrics.

    If you didn't use a plain, light colored fabric for the spine that you could write on, I bet you could use a Pigma pen and write a label on muslin which you could then fuse to the spine. Then you would know what was in each binder.

    Your instructions and pictures make the steps very easy to understand. An excellent tutorial. Thank you!

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