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Reversible mermaid sequin fabric seems to be everywhere at the moment.
I’ve seen this material on notebooks, mobile phone cases, cushion covers, pencil cases, keyrings and even made into bracelets!
I actually bought my daughter a reversible mermaid sequin notebook from Smiggle last year. She loves it, but at £13.50 a pop, I thought I’d have a go at making my own before buying her another one.
What do you think to my efforts?
Making this was easier than I thought! I’ve detailed a step by step tutorial below in case you’d like to make one too.
You’ll need the following materials:
- Plain notebook with a cardboard cover that’s just crying out to be jazzed up.
- Reversible mermaid sequin fabric (I used a fat quarter from this supplier).
- 2 x sheets of felt or card in a complementary colour.
- PVA glue and a glue spreader.
- Pen or pencil.
Step 1: Measure/cut the reversible mermaid sequin fabric to size
Lay out your notebook on the back of the fabric so that the existing cover is open and flat. Use a pen to mark out a border around your notebook cover (approx. 1.5 to 2 inches). Cut around the area you’ve marked out with some scissors.
Note: be prepared for the mess! Little half cut sequins will go everywhere!
Step 2: Glue the fabric to the notebook
Spread a little glue all over the outer cover of the notebook then lay it over the fabric backing to stick it into place.
Then start with one side of the cover – fold the fabric over it and hold down for a few minutes. PVA glue is fine for sticking down this particular type of fabric onto card; it just takes longer to dry as opposed to if you were sticking paper to card.
Repeat on the other side of the cover, taking care to allow for a little room for the cover to open and close before you stick the side edge down.
When you get to the corners, you’ll need to cut a little square of fabric out, so that you can fold the adjacent edge over neatly, see pic above.
Tuck the fabric into the spine of the notebook, by slotting it under the bound pages at the top and bottom.
Let your new cover dry completely before attempting to pick up!
Step 3: Tidy up the insides of your cover
Hide those scraggy edges with either a piece of cardboard or felt. Simply cut out two rectangles to fit over the edges and glue them into place. I’ve used felt because I thought it looked nicer and also because it’s soft enough to tuck into the centre of the notebook.
And that’s it! It’s easy to transform a very plain notebook into something much more beautiful without spending a fortune. Take a look at it below, with the sequins reversed the other way – it’s so pretty!
Why not make one of these as a gift for someone? The one I’ve made is going to be my daughter’s new handwriting practice book. I thought it might encourage her to spend a little more time on what would be an otherwise tedious task!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you did, please take a moment to share this post online!
Before you go, why not check out some of my other craft tutorials below:
- Felt Dog Keyring Kit Review
- How to Make Easter Egg Fairy Lights
- Candy Bead & Memory Wire Bracelet Tutorial
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