Introduction: In-Binder Organizer

This in-binder, fabric organizer will help make it easy for you to access all of the tools and stationery supplies you may need when organizing paperwork, doing homework, or taking notes. This will ensure that your stationery items never get lost and are always on hand. Enjoy the contentment of an organized binder!


  • 1/8 yard of clear vinyl
  • 1 bundle of fabric quarters
  • 1/4 yard of fusible interfacing
  • at least 3 sets of 1/2 inch grommets
  • 1 spool of all-purpose thread that matches fabric
  • 1 pack of small velcro coins
  • ID(your name, number, and email on a slip of paper)

Step 1: Main Body

  • To make the main body of your fabric in-binder organizer, cut out two rectangles of fabric that measure 10"x11.5".
  • Next, cut out one rectangle of fusible interfacing that has the same measurements as your fabric.
  • Fuse this to the back of one of your sides using an iron.
  • Now, pin the two sides together right sides facing each other.
  • Sew with a 1/4 inch seam allowance around three of the four sides.
  • Flip inside out and sew with a 1/4 inch seam allowance around all of the sides.


  • Make a mark on your fabric using a fabric pencil to mark where the grommets will be placed.
  • All will be 1/2 of an inch away from the left edge.
  • The top and bottom grommets are each placed 1 1/8 of an inch away from the closest horizontal edge.
  • The middle grommet will be placed 5 3/8 inch away from the top and bottom.
  • Using 1/2 inch grommets (any color) you will place the bottom grommet underneath and use the grommet tool, press firmly to attach the grommett to the fabric and to punch out the fabric center.

Step 2: Pencil Pouch

  • To make the body of the pencil pouch, you need to cut out a rectangle of cotton fabric that measures 1 ¾ inches wide and 7 ¼ inches tall.
  • Use a hem gauge to fold over and pin ¼ inch hems on the bottom and sides of your rectangle. Make sure that you fold these hems towards the back of your fabric.
  • Measure 1 ½ inches away from the left edge and ½ inch away from the bottom of your base.
  • Next, pin your rectangle down in the middle of the shape.
  • Finally, sew close to the edge of the sides you pinned, taking out the pins as you go. Now you have the completed body of your pencil pouch.

Pencil Pouch cover flap (So you don't stab yourself!)

  • To make the cover for the top of the pencil pouch, cut two pieces of cotton that each measure 1 ½ inches wide and 1 ½ inches tall.
  • Cut one piece of fusible fleece that measures the same size as your squares.
  • Apply the fusible fleece to the back of one of your cotton squares following the package directions using your iron.
  • Next, place the two squares together with right sides facing each other.
  • Sew with a ¼ inch seam allowance around three of the sides.
  • Flip it inside out and sew close to the edge on all 4 sides.
  • Finally, attach this piece to your base ¾ of an inch away from the top of the pouch.
  • Sew over stitches you made before.

Step 3: Pen and Highlighter Pouches

To create the next two pouches, repeat what you did with the pencil pouch. Place the pockets 1/4 inch away from the closest to the left and 1/2 an inch away from the bottom. Use the sizes listed below:

  • Body - W: 3 ¼ inches H: 5 ¾ inches
  • Cover - W: 3 inches H: 1 ½ inches (use these dimensions for the fusible fleece as well)

Step 4: Sticky Note Pad

  • To attach the sticky notes, buy a package of velcro dots.
  • On the back of the pad of sticky notes, attach a dot to each corner. (I used the rougher side on the sticky note pad so that the softer side would remain on the fabric)
  • Go ahead and put the other half of the velcro dot so that it sticks to the back of each dot on the corners.
  • Use a small bit of fabric glue and put it on the back of the softer velcro dot and put the glue right on top of the adhesive side
  • Flip the whole sticky note pad over and adhere it to correct spot on your fabric organizer.
  • Allow the glue to dry by just leaving the entire sticky note bad in place for at least 5 minutes.
  • After 5 minutes, the glue should be dry and you should be able to remove the entire sticky note pad if you like and the softer velcro side will remain on the fabric.

Step 5: ID Slot

  • To make this, cut a piece of clear vinyl with a width of 2 3/4 and a height of 3 inches.
  • Simply sew this close the the edge 1/4 of an inch away from the sticky note pad and the pocket under it.
  • Make sure to ONLY SEW around three sides. U
  • Use the ID in the template provided in the beginning of this Instructable.

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