Taste-Test Recipe Binder (2024)

I’ve mentioned that I love to cook. And eat of course – but that usually takes cooking first. And while I have a great selection of cookbooks – I also have a ton of recipes that I’ve printed out from the web or copied from magazines. I’ve filled up a binder that my Mom made me – and more. It was time for a new one.

You’ll never guess where I went “shopping” for ideas. What? Anthropologie you say? Well of course. And as usual – they delivered. You’re shocked. I know.
I found the cutest little Recipe book.

I loved the design of theirs – and that little spoon – but I wanted a Binder version. Here’s mine!

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I even did the little fork on the back of the book.

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I’m really pleased with how it came out. I used a more retro-diner style font but I kept to the colors and style because those go great with my kitchen. I also changedthe text to “Recipes”(plural) rather than just“Recipe”. I plan on keeping more than onein there andnot having the plural would have bugged me. haha.

Here’s the original:

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Here’s the supply list if you’d like to make your own. You’ll need:

  • Fabric for covering the binder – a little more than twice the size of the binder

  • A Binder or notebook– mine is a 1″ Binder

  • Embroidery Floss and Coordinating Thread

  • A spoon :)

  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue

  • Posterboard or light cardboard

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We’ll start with flattening the spoon. You can do that at any point but it’s the most fun so why not start there?

Lay your spoon on an old towel outside.

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Cover the spoon with the towel and, using a hammer, beat the spoon until it’s flat. It won’t take too long.

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Wasn’t that satisfying?

On to the binder! Cut out a rectangle of fabric about 1″ larger than your binder on all sides.

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Mark the corners of your binder with a fabric marking pen. This will help you center your design and do the zig zag stitching. I hope you can see those little marks.

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Decide on the design that you’d like. You can make your own, or you can print out the one I used at the end of the post.

Trace your pattern onto your fabric with a fabric marking pen. An easy way to do this is to tape your pattern to the window, then tape your fabric on top of that. The light will shine through and you will be able to easily trace the design.

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Place your fabric in an embroidery hoop and outline the letters with a stem stitch. To do this, bring your thread up at the corner of the “R”.

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Here is a picture to help you with the stitch. The point you brought your thread up is point “A”. Put your needle in at point “B” and then bring it back out at point “C”. There should be an equal distance between A, B, and C.

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Pull the thread through.

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Now repeat the steps, keeping the loose thread above the stitch. In at “B”, out at “C” but your stitch will touch the end of the previous stitch.

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Continue this stitch around the outlines you’ve drawn.

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I sewed all the lines in gold embroidery thread, then I accented the right side of the letters with a reddish orange – kind of like a shadow.

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For the fork, I traced the pattern so it would be towards the bottom of the back of the binder. I outlined the fork with the same stitch, then just filled in the end section with some random lines and crosses.

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For the decorative zig zag stitching, I switched to my machine.

Using the markings at the corners of the spine, draw a line from the top to the bottom of the fabric. Repeat for the back.

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Follow the marked line with a zig zag stitch, using thread that matches the colors you did in the embroidery. I did three rows on each sidein three colors.

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This is a good time to remove all your marking lines and dots.

Sew on your spoon. I sewed it at the narrow section and towards the bottom.

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Lay your fabric out, wrong side up, and center your binder on it. Make sure the spine is between your zig zag stitching.

Fold the bottom center section under, at the spine. Glue down (with hot glue) this section, slipping the fabric under themetal binder piece. You should have no raw edges of fabric showing.

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Repeatwith the top center section.

Fold over the left side section and glue down. Pull the fabric tight but not so tight that it stretches or distorts. Don’t worry about raw edges here – this will be covered.

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Repeat with the right side section. Then glue down your top and bottom sections.

For the corners, trim a “V” of fabric out of the piece that is not glued down. This will help the corner lay down flat.

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Glue down each corner.

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The outer edges of the binder should all be glued down now.

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Cut a piece of posterboard or light cardboard slightly smaller than one side of the binder. Make sure it doesn’t cover any of the spine or the binder won’t close properly.

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Cut a second piece for the other side using this as a pattern. Cut out 2 fabric rectanglesslightly larger than your posterboard.

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Obviously it doesn’t have to be perfect. Yes. I failed rectangle cutting in elementary school.

Glue down the edges of your fabric to the posterboard just like you did with the binder. Start with the sides first, then do the top and bottom,then the corners.

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Turn the rectangles over and place them on the inside of the binder. Glue one down on each side, making sure to get the edges and corners really well.

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You might also want to add a bit of glue under the top of your spoon to help hold it down.

Wasn’t that fun? Other than those little glue gun burns. We won’t mention those.

As I was making this, I thought of a couple ofways you could do it differently. If you wanted to skip the gluing, your could sew a cover for the binder, making the sides into pockets that you slip the binder into.

Or you could make the whole thing no-sew, and use a transfer or fabric paint for the design. I love options!

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You can put dividers inside to organize your recipes. I also have plastic sleeves for the pages, so I can reuse themwithout getting stuff all over the page. I’m a messy crafter and a messy cook.

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I’m starting to think Christmas presents. Iam thinking about Christmas way earlier than usual. This would be fun to give as a gift, with some of your favorite recipes. You could even take it a step further and embroider their name inside.

Here’s the download if you’d like to use this design. As always – I love hearing what you think!!


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What is the best way to store paper recipes? ›

If you tend to save recipes from magazines as well as handwritten recipe cards, sort them into a three-ring binder. Use tab dividers and plastic page protectors for both full sheets (for pages from a magazine) and divided sheets (for 3-by-5-inch recipe cards).

How do you divide a recipe book? ›

Start by creating broad categories such as “Breakfast,” “Appetizers,” “Main Courses,” “Desserts,” and “Beverages.” These overarching categories will serve as the foundation for organizing your recipes. Subdivide into subcategories. Within each broad category, further divide your recipes into specific subcategories.

How do you organize scanned recipes? ›

Here are some best practices for simple electronic recipe organization:
  1. Create digital folders. Organize your digital recipes by creating folders on your computer or cloud storage. ...
  2. Use descriptive file names. ...
  3. Add tags or labels. ...
  4. Create a digital index or table of contents.

What size binder is best for recipe? ›

Best size for a recipe binder

Depending on the size of your recipes and the size of your kitchen, you can choose either a mini binder for 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ pages or a standard binder for 8-1/2″ x 11″ pages. Mini binders can be a closer match for recipe cards while standard-sized binders are better for printed webpages.

How do professional chefs organize their recipes? ›

One of the most common ways of keeping recipes organized is with recipe binders. Rather than keeping recipe books to flick through for recipe referencing, chefs will have the recipes they need collated in binders. This means that they can quickly and easily find necessary items without other recipes getting in the way.

How do you preserve handwritten recipes? ›

A sizeable collection can be stored in standard archival file folders and boxes. Weak or damaged paper also can be placed in polyester sleeves and then in folders and boxes. Recipes also can be scanned and accessed electronically while the originals are kept in safe storage.

Is there an app to store recipes? ›

RecipeBox is your ultimate kitchen companion. Built with the at-home cook in mind, RecipeBox allows you to save your favorite recipes in one place. It's your all-inclusive kitchen assistant. With RecipeBox, you can organize recipes, plan your upcoming meals, create your grocery list, and even grocery shop in the app.

How do I store all my recipes? ›

Recipe binder: Use a three-ring binder with dividers to organize your printed or handwritten recipes. You can categorize them by meal type, cuisine, or any other system that makes sense to you. Recipe box: If you prefer a more compact option, use a recipe box with index cards or recipe cards.

What is the best format for recipe book? ›

The best way to format a cookbook is to dedicate two pages for each recipe. On the left page is usually the title, image and short description, and on the right page is a step-by-step instructions of the recipe.

How many recipes should a recipe book have? ›

The standard expectation is that a cookbook should have between 70 and 100 recipes, but larger compendiums have at least 200. Think carefully about how many you want to include.

What is the first page of a recipe book? ›

The title page is the first page of your cookbook with text on it. It usually contains the title of the book at a minimum. It can also have the name of the author, the sub head, and sometimes an illustration or photograph.

What is the best way to digitize recipes? ›

Use a scanner or phone app: You can use a scanner or a phone app that can scan pages from your cookbooks and convert them into digital text. There are several apps available for both Android and iOS devices that can do this.

Is there an app to scan recipes? ›

Add recipes from anywhere

Save, customise and organise recipes, across all your devices in CookBook, the recipe keeper app. Save from your phone, on your computer, import from links or use our OCR recipe scanner to turn photos into recipes.

Is Recipe Box app free? ›

Recipe Box App - Save your Recipes at Samsung Food for free.

What is the best way to organize recipes? ›

The first option is to organize recipes is to file them by type in a recipe binder. I keep some of my tried and true recipes in a binder. These are the recipes I've had and used for years, and even though they are in my electronic database, I kept a hard copy.

How do I create a recipe folder? ›

How to make a recipe binder
  1. Go through your existing printed recipes. Be ruthless–and honest with yourself. ...
  2. Print out favorite online recipes. ...
  3. Copy cookbook favorites. ...
  4. Put recipes in easy-to-wipe protective sleeves. ...
  5. Come up with categories that make sense for your family. ...
  6. Get binders. ...
  7. Use dividers with tabs.

How do you make a recipe notebook? ›

How to make a recipe book with your family.
  1. Brainstorm family recipes. Think of some of your favorite recipes that you loved growing up. ...
  2. Collect the recipes from relatives. ...
  3. Curate the collection and write them up. ...
  4. Design or find a consistent format. ...
  5. Cook (and take pictures).

How do I organize my cooking schedule? ›

Here are six steps to making a meal plan:
  1. Give yourself time to plan. Set aside time each week to make a meal plan. ...
  2. Check what you have. Check what ingredients you already have in your cupboard, fridge or freezer. ...
  3. Include some of your favourite meals. ...
  4. Use up your leftovers. ...
  5. Cook in bulk. ...
  6. Make your ingredients work.

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