How To Decoupage A Vintage Tea Towel Notebook @ The Craft Cafe
Welcome to the blog today! Today I wanted to share with you a tutorial I created for Crafty Magazine last year.
You can still buy past issues but it’s no longer in print, the issue with this tutorial is the one with the little lamb on the front. I had so much fun picking out some vintage/retro tea towels and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them when I got them home.
I have SOOOOO many notebooks in my house and covering these was a great crafty project for me. Who doesn’t love a funky sketch book or notebook?!
3 top tips before you begin
*use an old plastic gift card or loyalty card to spread your glue over the notebooks to make sure its even
*if your tea towels are a little stiff, wash your tea towels at a 60 degree wash to soften
*if you use baking parchment paper between your covers after you have glued them your covers and inside pages won’t stick together.
You Will Need (Click here to see shopping list on etsy)
Deco Art Decoupage glue
Vintage tea towels or a fat quarter of pretty fabric (check out my favourite fabrics on my etsy page)
Old plastic card (or something to help spreading the glue)
Baking parchment or surface suitable to get messy!
Prepare your surface area (I used baking parchment as my working surface as I am quite a messy crafter and glue would go everywhere.)
Cut your tea towels to wherever you want the pattern to be on your notebook. If you open your notebook across and leave an inch and a half border you can then use a pen or pencil to trace around your fabric and cut out.
Add some glue to the cover and use your plastic card to spread the glue, then apply the fabric and use your brayer to ensure the coverage is even, if you have too much glue then you can direct it toward the spine of the book and scrape off.
If you have too little glue, you can lift your fabric and apply a little more, reapply your fabric and use your brayer again. If you get your brayer all sticky, use a baby wipe or wash clean.
Apply the same techniques to glue your spine and then your back cover.
Use very sharp scissors to snip the fabric at the spine; cut your fabric either side of the edges of your spine. You will have a little piece of fabric to tuck into the spine at the top and at the bottom. There will also be even tea towel fabric to glue to the inside of your covers.
I wasn’t too particular about the inside of the notebook as they are for personal use so I simply glued the pieces to the inside of the cover, folding the corners carefully and using the brayer to ensure I got even coverage.
I placed a piece of baking parchment into the cover side that I just glued so I didn’t have to wait for it to dry before doing the back cover. Once the back cover was glued, I placed another piece of baking parchment inside the cover and closed the book. As the tea towel fabric is quite thick I was concerned the notebook wouldn’t lie completely flat, so I put another piece of baking parchment on top of the notebook, then a basket filled with heavy notions from my craft room.
Leave to dry and then enjoy!