Saturday, January 26, 2013

Quick Tutorial - Sewn Booklets

Last week I wanted some quick and easy mini journals for the class of Young Women that I teach at Church.

I made these little booklets. The girls loved them! Several of the girls were surprised to find out that you could actually sew paper.

Really, these are "sew easy"!

Here's how I made them:

 Use card stock for the cover. Cut it in half, and then fold it to make the cover.

 To make the covers a little fancier, I used three fabric triangles to make it look like little flags on the cover. I got this cute idea from Polly. You should check out her cards. They are fancier than mine. I cheated simplified.

Her cards are based on another idea, which was a darling bunting quilt she made for Becca.  Sigh...some people are so talented. Anyway, back to my three little triangles...

You just lay them out where you want them and make a line of stitching across the cover. I do backstitch at the beginning and end of the line, because the stitches tend to come loose in the paper otherwise.

 I used colored computer paper for the pages inside the cover. Again, I cut them in half and then folded.

 Just lay them inside the card stock cover, and then stitch right down the middle. Be sure to backstitch at beginning and end again. That's all there is to it!

Note: you don't even have to worry about matching the thread color. This is just a little paper booklet, people. Different thread colors make a cute contrast on this project. I just used whatever I had in my sewing machine had lots of fun with the colorful thread.

What cute ideas will you come up with? There are so many ways to adapt these little sewn booklets.


Polly @ Helping Little Hands said...

Really cute, Mom! I think I recognize that yellow. I think it was scraps from the pageant.

Kathy Haynie said...

Funny how "fabric memories" cycle through our lives. Thanks for the idea!

Julia - Finding My Way Softly said...

These look great. If I ever get to the point where sewing is possible, these would be fun to make for Maddy's sticker books!