OK, it's the eleventh hour, but if you need a present for Mom and can't make it to the mall, we have this DIY Mother's Day gift just for you. It involves a little more than covering a notebook in pretty fabric or paper to create a journal.But it'll be the perfect place for your mom to jot down her many thoughts. (And we know there's never a shortage of those...) Ready to start? Keep reading for the how-to.


fabric covered books

Photo courtesy of CICO Books, from "The Homemade Home" by Sania Pell

You'll Need:
Iron
Starch
Fabric
Notebook
Pencil and ruler
Scissors
Double-sided tape
Needle and thread
Envelopes no larger than notebook
Button, ribbon, and large round sticker (optional)
Twill or leather string (optional)

First, iron the fabric and spray it with starch. Then, with the fabric facing down, place an open book on top and trace a border 3 cm larger than the book. Then, cut the fabric. Place the open notebook back on the remaining fabric and stick double-sided table around the edges of the inside covers. Snip the excess fabric on both sides of the spine. Next, fold the fabric border over to stick to the tape. If you have a button and ribbon, sew the button on the front cover and, on the inside cover, secure a ribbon end with a large round sticker. The ribbon should be long enough to wrap around the book and tie around the button. Also, twill or leather string is an adorable alternative. To hide the fabric edges, place a large envelop over the inside covers and secure with double-side tape. Finally, leave simple or decorate as you please.

For the full tutorial, head over to HomeLife or pick up a copy of "The Homemade Home".

Don't forget to check out the slideshow below to see more last-minute Mother's Day gift ideas.

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  • Message In Cloth

    For a personalized vintage-inspired gift, simply buy iron-on transfer paper, which can be found at most craft stores, and print out your personal message in large font. Turn the paper over on your choice of linen, iron it and peel back the paper. It'll make the perfect tablecloth, placemat or napkin! For the full tutorial, head over to <a href="http://asubtlerevelry.com/an-aged-message-for-mom" target="_hplink">A Subtle Revelry</a>. Photo by Victoria of <a href="http://asubtlerevelry.com/an-aged-message-for-mom" target="_hplink">A Subtle Revelry</a>

  • Retro Apron

    Thank mom for all her years of cooking with a cute apron. Have a floral skirt you never wear anymore? Cut it up to make an easy, retro-inspired apron. Visit <a href="http://www.mythriftychic.com/2011/10/how-to-make-apron-from-skirt.html" target="_hplink">My Thrifty Chic</a> for the simple how-to. Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/softestthing/2129102295/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">bokeh burger</a>

  • Rope Necklace

    Show your mom how strong your bond is with this elegant knot necklace. All it takes is two curtain tiebacks (surprising, huh?) and a ribbon. For the super-easy tutorial, visit <a href="http://www.lovemaegan.com/2010/03/easy-rope-necklace-diy.html" target="_hplink">...Love Maegan</a>. Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lovemaegan/4405519490/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">...love Maegan</a>

  • Framed Artwork

    Bring a little personality to your mom's walls by framing wallpaper, a poster or even wrapping paper that really speaks to your mom's sense of style. Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/melissagray/4757746785/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Melissa Gray</a>

  • Lemon Sugar Scrub

    Give Mom the gift of smooth skin with this citrus exfoliator. Just mix two and a half cups of sugar with a cup of extra-virgin olive oil. Then, add four tablespoons of lemon juice. Mix well and pour into a mason jar. For the complete recipe, visit <a href="http://www.bystephanielynn.com/2010/05/lemon-sugar-hand-scrub-for-mom.html" target="_hplink">Under The Table Dreaming</a>. Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/skampy/5263885982/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">skampy </a>

  • Drop Pearl Necklace

    Give Mom a designer-inspired piece of jewelry without the designer price tag. <a href="http://www.lovemaegan.com/2011/01/maeg-it-yourself-tutorial-lanvin-drop.html" target="_hplink">Blogger ...Love Maegan</a> shows us how to create this Lanvin-like necklace with a few craft store finds. Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/softestthing/2129102295/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">...love Maegan</a>

  • Handmade Reversible Tote

    Who doesn't like a two-in-one gift? Use these <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/maribelmade/4665999331/in/set-72157624071583737/" target="_hplink">patterns provided by Maribel Made</a> to cut your fabrics and sew together a bag your mom can wear from day to night. For the full tutorial, head over to <a href="http://maribelmade.com/index.php/2010/06/diy-reversible-tote-bag/" target="_hplink">Maribel Made</a>. Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/anniehp/5465589620/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">anniehp</a>

  • Record Coaster And Bowl Set

    Celebrate your mom's adorable affinity for the oldies with this upcycled record bowl and cover art coaster DIY. Simply pop an old record (we recommend beyond-scratched thrift store finds rather than pristine vinyl) into the oven at 200 degrees for seven minutes. Then, place over a glass bowl to mold it and then wait for the record to harden. Then, cut up record covers and glue to inexpensive coasters or tiles. For the step-by-step, visit <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Record-Bowl/?ALLSTEPS" target="_hplink">Instructables</a>. Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mccoycreations/5579254923/" target="_hplink">McCoyCreations</a>

  • Wired Earrings

    These wrapped-wire earrings are deceptively easy to make. In fact, the directions are exactly as they sound: Simply wrap a pendant with metal, then loop onto earring hooks. (All can be found at your local craft store.) For the how-to, visit <a href="http://www.beadinggem.com/2009/09/how-to-make-and-wire-wrap-briolette.html" target="_hplink">Beading Gem</a>. Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/amivaa/5775937381/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">caliente jewelry</a>

  • Scarf Necklace

    Get ladylike style in minutes. If you already know how to braid, you can make this necklace in a cinch. Just tie three small, silky scarves together and braid until you reach the end. And, don't forget to add a sparkly brooch for a little oomph. Mom deserves it! For the how-to, visit <a href="http://www.starsforstreetlights.com/2012/04/diy-braided-scarf-statement-necklace.html" target="_hplink">Stars For Streetlights</a>. Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/35754040@N04/6958715742/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Stacie Stacie Stacie</a>

  • Modular Felt Trivet

    Although this craft may seem intimidating, there's no sewing or gluing required. Just lay this <a href="http://jessicajonesdesign.com/downloads/modular_tiles.pdf" target="_hplink">template</a> over felt and use an X-acto knife to cut through the lines. Then, insert a square corner into another square's slit, linking the square together. Connect enough squares together for a placemat and pair it with a tea set for an adorable gift for mom! For the full tutorial, visit <a href="http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2012/03/make-modular-felt-trivet.html" target="_hplink">How About Orange</a>. Photo by Jessica Jones of <a href="http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2012/03/make-modular-felt-trivet.html" target="_hplink">How About Orange</a>