Covered binders are great way to store your favorite recipes. Add all the pages you need, and organize them anyway you want–by category, season, or favorite menus.
For years, I’ve made custom binder covers for family and friends, quilting and appliquing vintage fabrics and photos into cool, durable collages which wrap around sturdy upcycled binders (usually from the Scrap Exchange in Durham NC)
Recently, I’ve even made a some fabric collage-covered binders for my Etsy store, www.kikisrewinddesigns.etsy.com
But for the longest time–my own big recipe book remained uncovered. It bothered me every time I reached for it–I just couldn’t find the right fabric.
Discovered it this winter as we closed up my husband’s family home on a snowy February day. The 1950s tablecloths my mother-in-law kept for so long were too raty for the table…but perfect for keep-sake collages.
I cut, appliqued, quilted, and wrapped my binder in those happy 50s fabric scraps. Liked the results so much I made one for my brother-in-law. Inside we scanned his mother’s hand-written recipes. She was a great county cook–a one-time restaurant owner. And handwriting of those we’ve lost is such a nice a thing to have.
The recipe binders are covered in wipe-clean vinyl–so they really make sense in the kitchen.
Covered binders also make great baby gifts, scrapbooks and family reunion books. For your next reunion, scan some old family photos, leaving space at the bottom of the page. Then pass the book around, and have everyone write something about the picture and the people in it.. Too much of our history is lost because it isn’t written down.