DIY Chic: Customized Notebook or Class Organizer

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Personal style on a college budget can be a challenge. That's why DIY Chic is dedicated to bringing you budget-friendly and super easy do-it-yourself projects. In case you missed the first of this series, check out this easy and adorable tutorial for button stud earrings. But who says that do-it-yourself projects stop with jewelry, accessories, and clothes?

This week, I am sharing an easy way to add a personal touch to your books, folders, or planner with fabric and embellishments. You might already have all the materials you need for this project around your dorm or apartment. Since there is really no limit to this project, you can get as creative as you want with different fabrics, colors, and embellishments. It's the perfect way to liven up your class experience.

What you'll need:

DIY School Supplies Materials

  • A folder, organizer, notebook, etc. that you want to spruce up
  • Fabric - enough to cover your item of choice
  • Adhesive spray, but you can also consider a hot-glue gun, etc.
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • A marker, pen, or chalk
  • Optional: embellishments, jewels, ribbon, etc.

The step-by-step process:

1. On a flat surface, lay out your folder or planner and measure the fabric you'll need. My organizer was one I picked up on clearance, but I wanted something a little more sleek and professional, so I decided to cover it with a metallic, snakeskin-esque fabric.

2. Using your marking tool, trace the shape that you'll need. I suggest adding an extra 1/2 to 1 inch of fabric around the edges, since you'll later be folding these under for a more finished look. Carefully cut the fabric to fit your item.

DIY School Supplies Project Steps

3. Before you begin gluing, I recommend laying down newspaper or plastic bags to avoid getting glue on your table or counter tops. Carefully apply your glue or adhesive to the back side of the fabric.

4. Carefully center your fabric, glue side down, to the side of your item - be sure to allow that extra 1/2 to 1 inch of fabric to hang over the side. Press the material down, smooth out any bubbles, and allow to dry.

5. Turn your item over and apply a small amount of glue or adhesive spray to the underside of the extra fabric. Fold it over the edge and hold while it dries. This allows for a clean and neat looking finish. If you're confused, see the finished product in Step 6 above.

6. Continue steps 1-5 for the remaining sides of your folder or book. The process can be a little time-consuming and you'll need to allow your item to sit out overnight to dry fully.

DIY School Supplies Final Product

Once your project has dried, you can experiment with different embellishments, ribbon, or whatever else might fit your personal style. I kept my simple and classic with its leather-like fabric. This project might also be a personal way to dress up a journal, photo album, or memory book as a gift to your roommate or friend. Get as creative as you want!

What do you think?

What do you think of this customizable tutorial? Do you have an idea or suggestion for a future DIY project you’d like to see here on College Fashion? Let us know what you think in a comment!