DIY Fauxdori’s

In the last few weeks of waiting for my Chic Sparrow Maverick traveler’s notebook to be returned to me as a birthday present, I got a little impatient and made two fauxdori’s. Neither is in the narrow size, like my Maverick. One is bigger and one is smaller.

1st Fauxdori: Teal Planner Binder w/ Autumn Leaves

Some of you may recall my elation about finally finding a teal planner in this post. You may also recall I covered it with gold-reflective autumn leaf stickers. Side note: I LOVE THESE STICKERS!!!

My husband punched holes in the spine and I threaded elastic through the holes. It can hold four notebooks (4 elastics). The binder itself came set up with a secretarial pocket in the front, 3 card slots and 1 ID pocket on the secretarial pocket, an elastic pen loop, and the back cover has a long pocket (where the spiral planner slide into) and a notepad pocket where I could put one of those long refrigerator list pads.






It holds Piccadilly notebooks and Punch Studio notebooks (8.5” x 5.5”) with ease! Right now I just keep my Collections notebook and my Blogging notebook in there. (Husband is borrowing my Wide.)



The stickers are coming off due to my putting it in my purse. If they come off, oh well!

2nd Fauxdori: Fabric Dori

ETSY has a lot of Fabric Dori sellers, and some of their fabrics are beautiful. So one Sunday evening, I decided I was going to make my own Fabric Dori. I have a storage tub full of fabric, all I needed was interfacing and elastic. Off to Joann’s I went! I probably spent 10 minutes studying the interfacing cart, trying to figure out what interfacing to use. (If you don’t know what interfacing is, please see the link below.) I got 790 Interfacing, which is a Crafting and Home Décor style. I tried asking someone as the cutting counter, and she was not helpful at all. (Snooty unhelpful.) To choose my interfacing, I felt the stiffness of all the different styles and chose the one I thought was the stiffest.

The TN I was attempting to make was the equivalent of a B6, or roughly 5” x 7”. I has easy access to notebooks this size and want to see what a TN in this size was like. Foxy Fix has this size, but I wasn’t ready to spend $50 on a leather I wasn’t sure I was going to like.

The fabric I used for the outside was an olive drab crushed velvet and the inside was a soft flannel (I think I said felt in the video!) owl print. I sewed the two fabrics together to make a sack of sorts, cut the interfacing down, slid it into the sack I made, and sewed it up. My husband added the grommets for me. I threaded the elastics through and added a spine elastic to close.





The notebooks I have in here are my Gardening notebook, that I initially cut down thinking I’d put it in one of the Narrow (NOPE!), a blank pink one, and a black one with gold hearts that is my Book Notes notebook. This dori has 4 elastics as well, but the first two notebooks are banded together and attached with the first two elastics, and the third book is held in by the third and fourth elastics. I added a piece of gold cardstock thinking I’d put some sticky notes on there or attached a pen loop.


My sizing was a little off. The notebooks do stick out a little bit, but I’m okay with that, and the edging of the back cover is messy. This dori stays at home so I don’t really care what it looks like. It is serving its purpose for me.



YouTube video link:

What is interfacing?

© Cori Large 15 May 2016

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25 Responses to DIY Fauxdori’s

  1. candy says:

    Love color and decorations. Not to fat to fit in purse and holds tons.

  2. Bree Hogan says:

    I was instantly attracted to the owl print, love it! I’m obsessed with anything owl-related!

  3. I am so not creative! I this is so outside my wheel house. My mom is super creative so I will have to have to make one of these for me.

    • caendicott says:

      There are many other blog posts and YouTube videos to explain how to do it, if she needs any help.

  4. I’m back again because I am fascinated with this planner and how crafty you are~ Thanks for inspiring me.

  5. Good idea for keeping everything together in one place. I love having a blogging notebook! Mine is travel size so I can keep it my purse for ideas on the go and for taking notes on things I want to say.

  6. Klauss says:

    It turned out great! I liked it more with fabric cover 🙂

  7. adriana says:

    What a fun project! This is so creative and unlike anything I’ve seen, very cool!

  8. Jessica says:

    These turned out really nice! I really want a traveler’s notebook (actually I want all the paper things) – I bet I could get my very crafty husband to make me one *evil laugh*

    • caendicott says:

      “Actually I want all the paper things” — LOVE IT! There are many YouTube videos on how to make one if you can convince your husband to get crafty.

  9. That’s a gorgeous planner, I love the detail on it!

  10. leslie rossi says:

    i like the second planner, nice pattern

  11. I am such a pen and paper girl too! I love writing in my planner.

  12. They are both beautiful, but I love the idea of the fabric one! So many options! You could have a cover for every mood…season…holiday…the possibilities!

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