binder covers (free and editable!)

I am always in awe of you teachers who are so organized. You know who you are. My word, how do you do it? A big goal for myself this upcoming year is to stay organized. I always start off the year with my desk nice and tidy; however, by mid-October, it is a big ole’ mess covered with papers that need to be graded, filed and recycled. So, this year I’ve promised myself I’m going to make a more conscious effort to put things in their place right away! To help myself accomplish this goal, I’ve created these sweet (and functional) binder covers. I figured, the cuter they are, the more likely I will use them. Plus, I like that even though the designs on each cover are different, the colors all go together nicely. If you are anything like me (or if you are one of those teachers, but you’re in need of some binder covers to stay even more organized than you currently are), please download these binder covers for free. (I apologize I don’t have any multi-cultural clipart for these covers. I’ve had a very hard time finding any multi-cultural clipart besides Scrappin’ Doodles. Any help would be appreciated!) image   image

If you’d rather personalize your own binder covers, you can download an editable version (I’ve saved these blank pages as JPEGs) at my TPT shop. All of the covers you see above, plus these are included in the editable version.


Click here to download an editable version (meaning you can add your own text and clipart): What tips and tricks do you all have to stay organized?

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  • Lucia13 July 7, 2012, 10:34 pm

    they are very cute and colorful.Thank you for the download.

    Enjoy Teaching English

  • Rachel July 7, 2012, 10:41 pm

    I am also trying to get organized this coming school year. Love the binders! Thank you!

  • Mrs. Plum July 7, 2012, 10:46 pm

    These are wonderful! Very kind of you to offer as a free resource! (And I totally know what you mean about organization!)

    There's No Place Like Second Grade

  • Steph July 7, 2012, 10:47 pm

    These are great!! Thank you so much for offering them as a free download!

  • Lisa R. July 7, 2012, 10:52 pm

    Lyndsey, these are amazing just like everything that you make. My goal is to also be more organized this year!! Thank you so much. You are so sweet! 🙂
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  • Lori Rosenberg July 7, 2012, 10:59 pm

    Gorgeous, just gorgeous! Thanks so much for the great share!

    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter
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  • Jayne Gammons July 7, 2012, 11:23 pm

    So stinkin' cute!! Love them, Jayne

  • Sandra July 7, 2012, 11:45 pm

    I just got some of that clip art! Your binder covers are awesome!! 🙂
    ❤ Sandra
    Sweet Times in First
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  • Sarah Paul July 8, 2012, 12:29 am

    Thank you for sharing! These are great!
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  • Stephanie July 8, 2012, 2:51 am

    I know exactly they type you are speaking of. I know because I am so not one of them lol. Being more organized is my goal every year too!! This is an excellent freebie 🙂

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First

  • MsGinGrade3 July 8, 2012, 5:15 am

    Thank you so much for posting these. They are wonderful!

  • Tarita July 8, 2012, 7:37 am

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  • Dede July 8, 2012, 9:55 am

    These are great! I'm really attempting to stay organized this year, and I agree about the cuteness of things! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Dede @

  • Shanyn July 8, 2012, 10:00 am

    These are really super cute! Love them!

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  • Holly July 8, 2012, 12:42 pm

    You and me both!!! We can do it!!!

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  • Lisa July 8, 2012, 12:48 pm

    Love these! Thank you for posting them as a freebie!

  • Mrs. Barksdale July 8, 2012, 2:01 pm

    They are so cute! I love keeping binders organized. I can't wait to use a few of these now! Thanks! 🙂

  • Crayons and Curls July 8, 2012, 6:52 pm

    Love these covers! I sooo need to organize myself and these will sooo help! Thank you! 🙂
    Crayons and Curls

  • Ginger Snaps July 8, 2012, 9:04 pm

    I adore your binder covers!! =)

    Ginger Snaps

  • Jen July 8, 2012, 9:56 pm

    Thank you so much!! I need these really bad!! 🙂
    Jen's Kinder Kids

  • Courtney Bartlett July 8, 2012, 10:26 pm

    These are adorable Lyndsey! Thanks for the free download! I'm working on organizing my files into folders so these will be really helpful.

    Swimming into Second

  • Mrs. M July 9, 2012, 12:17 am

    I'm so glad I came across these as I was in the process of re- doing my binders. You've saved me a whole lot of time!! Thanks!!

    Color Me Kinder

  • Megan Grindstaff July 9, 2012, 12:53 am

    These are super. Much appreciated!

  • Anonymous July 9, 2012, 2:21 am

    These are so cute!! Thanks so much!! I'm a follower now!

  • Mrs. Sheehan July 9, 2012, 3:07 am

    These are so adorable! Thanks for offering this for free!

  • Cynthia July 9, 2012, 3:58 am

    I am new follower #429! Ha! LOVE your design style and all the awesome freebies! I am a binder fanatic and will put these to good use. Thank you!

  • Jessica Heeren July 9, 2012, 12:46 pm

    CUTE! Thanks so much for sharing! I want to become more organized, JUST so I can use these. 🙂

    Mrs. Heeren's Happenings

  • Nicole July 11, 2012, 1:32 pm

    These are AWESOME! Thank you for the free download! 🙂

    A Frenzy of Fun in 1st Grade

  • luckeyfrog July 11, 2012, 2:47 pm

    Thank you so much for making them colorful and simple, and of course for sharing them! 🙂

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

  • Heather July 12, 2012, 2:57 pm

    I'm a binder addict:) Thank you so much for sharing. These will be perfect for what I have planned for this fall.

  • Kristin Young July 21, 2012, 1:22 am

    These are AH-dorable. Thank you so much for sharing!! 🙂 I'm a new follower & look forward to swapping ideas with you!!

  • Danielle July 21, 2012, 1:28 pm

    Thank you for the free download these will help so much and thank you f also addressing the multicultural clip art!

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  • Ashley Sanderson July 26, 2012, 12:46 am

    I love these binder covers!!! How did you make the part that you write on (the white part) over the paper? I love JW Illustrations that you used. Did you find that there too?


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  • Sandy August 1, 2012, 10:11 pm

    I am not a teacher, is there anywhere you could put this download for us who aren't teachers? I could still use these in my craft room! Sandy

  • Leigh Anne August 12, 2012, 12:09 am

    I love these & can't wait for the new school year just so I can put my new binders with their cute covers to use. Any chance that you have these in a size that would fit the binder spines? Thanks!

  • FourthGrade Flipper August 13, 2012, 5:03 am

    I LOVE these! I used one for my binder to keep track of student's independent reading. I blogged about it for my Monday Made It (will post tomorrow). Thank you!!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  • Carol S. August 17, 2012, 6:02 pm

    You are so awesome to share these! I have seen a lot of binders out there and have to say that yours are my favorite. Thanks again!

  • sspeller September 2, 2012, 5:42 pm

    Your creativity and generosity to share so freely is amazing! Thanks again!

  • Abby September 2, 2012, 10:13 pm

    LOVE these!! Thanks for sharing them!

    Abby @ Third Grade Bookworm

  • Miss. MacKenzie October 7, 2012, 8:53 pm

    Thanks for sharing these really cute binder covers. My binders could use some TLC.

  • Shannon Chaffin November 7, 2012, 5:37 pm

    These are fantastic! Thanks for sharing! I am going to use them to make new cover pages for my home management binder. I will post a link back when I share my hmb on my blog. Thanks again!

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  • Shelly Sitz June 18, 2013, 8:30 pm

    Thanks for sharing your cute binder covers! It save me a ton of time.

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  • Susan September 10, 2013, 2:51 pm

    I am having trouble finding your binder covers without pictures in them on the TPT web site. These are too cute to not find and use, so when you get a moment :0 will you give me the exact thread link so I can find them please? Thanks