I was inspired to make this coffee sleeve notebook when I saw this pin on Pinterest.

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Of course, being the craftaholic that I am, I own a coil binding machine, so, even though the pin didn’t lead to any instructions, I was able to figure out how to make this pretty easily. That said, most (read: normal) people do not own a binding machine and are too timid to steal one from their office (scaredy cats.) The easy solution? Binding rings! Binding rings are cheap and available in multipacks at Wal-Mart, Target and Staples. Sometimes, they even come in pretty colors. Woo-hoo!

So let’s make some economical recycled notebooks, shall we friends?


  • Two Coffee Sleeves
  • Four Sheets of cardstock weight paper (or 10 – 12 sheets of regular paper)
  • Two Binding Rings
  • Paper Trimmer or Scissors
  • Hole Punch

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Cut your paper into strips. I have a paper trimmer, so I cut mine to fit within the sleeves (4.25″ x 2″). If you don’t have a trimmer, you can just fold the paper in half lengthwise and then fold it in half twice widthwise to get cutlines to follow with scissors. This will make your strips 4.25″ x 2.75″ which will mean the strips extend beyond the coffee sleeves. This is okay. It’s just a funky little upcycle book. No need to make yourself crazy.


Use a hole punch to punch two holes in one sheet of paper. Use this paper as a guide to punch holes in all the other sheets as well as the coffee sleeves. I found that laying the paper on the sleeve first showed me exactly how to punch it to fit between the curves.

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Make a sandwich of a coffee sleeve, the paper, and another coffee sleeve. Open the binder rings and thread the sandwich on them to make the book. Close the rings. Voila! It’s that easy!

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You can make book covers out of all kinds of things and cut your paper to fit. Try old cards from board games (Monopoly property cards work really well), cut up cereal boxes or use playing cards. You can even reuse junk mail for the paper! The binding rings can be used again and again, making this craft both economical and environmentally friendly. Make your own book, take a photo, and tag Sweatpants and Coffee on Instagram with the finished product. We’d love to see how it came out!

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