This DIY booklet is a great way to make something useful out of scrap paper and fabric. Let your creativity flow with this fun art project.
I was looking at my Eco Dying on Paper project and decided to make a booklet with a couple of the prints as the covers.
Of course, you can use any kind of paper for the cover. However, I do think it would be a good idea for it to be a heavier weight paper. You could print out something pretty onto cardstock paper. Or paste or glue some thin pretty scrap paper onto cardboard.
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How to Make a Mini Booklet Out of Paper
I picked out two of my favorite eco prints.
Next, I needed to collect some scrap paper and a strip of drop cloth material.
Since the eco print shows through to the back I needed something to cover the inside of the booklet. I used some blue graph paper for this part.
A little glue helped it adhere to the paper and provided some extra support and weight to the cover.
On the inside of the back cover, I also added a piece of printed paper to use as a pocket. Just add a bead of glue along the bottom and the sides.
For the binding, I used a strip of drop cloth material. I almost used a piece of denim from old jeans. Maybe next time. You could use any kind of fabric. However, I think something with a heavier weight would make it more durable.
Cut the fabric the same height as the covers and about 1 inch wide.
Next, glue the covers to the binding fabric leaving 1/4 inch open in the middle.
Then gather some papers about the same height and the width of the open booklet and stack them on top of each other.
Use your sewing machine and sew down the middle of the papers and fabric binding.
You could also hand stitch this part. Or maybe try using a small hole punch to create holes that you could thread ribbon through. You could also staple the bind and pages together but that would be my least favorite option.
That's all there is to make a fun little booklet out of paper and some fabric.
Just think of all the different kinds of sizes and embellishments you could use to make this fun craft your own.
Homemade Booklet Tutorial
- Sewing Machine
- scrap fabric
- scrap paper
- fabric tac or other glue
- Pick out or print some heavier paper for your cover.
- If the cover paper has a bad side make that side the inside and cover it by gluing another piece of patterned paper to it.
- Repeat on the back cover.
- Cut a piece of sturdy fabric the height of the cover paper and about 1 inch wide.
- Glue the cover sheets to the fabric leaving about 1/4 inch open in the middle.
- Place several pieces of paper slightly shorter than the width and height of the covers and fabric binding when open.
- Sew down the center of the open booklet using a large stitch through the papers and the fabric binding.
- Fold close and enjoy.