Project: Turn an old t-shirt into a journal cover

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This happens to me all the time: I find myself with an old t-shirt that has far too many holes in it or has shrunk after one too many trips through the dryer, but I can't quite bring myself to part with it. It may not be in decent enough shape for the thrift stores, or I just dig the logo and want to hold on to it a little while longer. Over at Instructables, user emilygraceking has a neat and simple solution for those torn-up old t-shirts: turn them into journal covers.

She's posted her instructions, using Mod Podge to attach the t-shirt to cardstock and then stitching the binding. I wonder if a long-armed stapler would work, or if the staples would have trouble piercing the fabric neatly. Has anyone given this project a try?

Recycled T-Shirt Journal [Instructables]