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a few new projects

I’ve had the opportunity to make a few new things over the past month. One of them being this cute beenie newborn hat for a great friend of mine. She’s having a baby…probably very soon. I love the flower. So cute.


Then another friend of mine asked me to make a wedding guest book for her cousin’s wedding. She couldn’t find anything like she wanted, so she hired me to make one. I was looking around a thrift store and found exactly what she wanted. So I just changed the direction of it (to make it more modern) and recovered it. I think it turned out super cute. What do you think? She was going to also put mini envelopes on each page that the guests could then right little notes and put in them. Isn’t that a great idea.

(This is the before picture. Originally made in 1982-the year I was born)

(And this is the after picture.)

my first mini series

This is going to be my first mini series on Basic Bookbinding techniques and will last for 6 weeks. Expect a post on every Wednesday. You can expect to learn some things like what supplies you will need and where to get them or how to make a signature. I hope you come back each week and let me know what you have learned and any questions you may have. I will try to do my best at answering them. I hope you enjoy this first of many more mini series to come.

Supplies you will need

• waxed thread {I like to buy embroidery floss and wax my own using beeswax}
• needles {you can purchase these at your local craft store or even Wal-mart. Make sure to purchase a curved needle as well. You want pretty large needles}
• hole punch
• balloon {this will be used to pull the needle through the holes, when it gets tight}
• clamps {these are used for holding the signatures together or clamping down your finished book to make it tight}

• scissors
• pencil
• razors or scalpel {the best are surgical blades and can be found on e-bay}
• dull paring knife {this will be used to make deckled edges on paper}
• bone folder {this can be purchased at your local craft store, or online}

{photo from}

• cutting mat {I like these green self healing mats, like this one}

{photo from Talas}

• pva {this is a special book glue that looks similar to elmer’s glue, but works much much better. It can be purchased here }

• paintbrushes of various sizes {I like to have one larger paint brush, a medium sized one, and a small one for details}
• Ruler
• glass jar or paper cup {I like to use a quart-sized glass jar for canning. You will use the cup or jar to put water in}
• paper towels
• newspaper
• waxed paper {The waxed paper will be used to keep the pages of your book from sticking together while putting on covers}
• patterned papers {purchase 12×12″ sheets of patterned scrapbooking papers from your local craft store}

• book board or davey board {can use an old book from a thrift store if you don’t want to spend the money on buying full sheets}
• tapes {these are used to make a book that is sewn onto tapes}
• book cloth {or use my tutorial here to make your own}
• paper {This will be for your inside pages. I like to order my paper from Mohawk . They used to give out free samples, but now you have to pay for shipping which is $12.95. Order their samples of Mohawk Via Vellum. It has a really nice texture. You will want 60, 70, or 80 lb text weight paper. Do not get cover weight, you won’t be able to work with it}

• accessories {This will be for later on, but I like to have accessories that I put on my books. Like beads, flowers, grommets, eyelets, elastic, ribbon and even buckles}

Well, I think that’s about it. If I forgot anything, I’ll let you know in the post next week. So, go out and gather all of these supplies so that we can get started and make a super cute book next week. This is what we’ll be making!

{mini exposed stitch book with three signatures}