Inspire creativity in your friends and family with a handmade, fabric notebook.
- Excerpted from A Greener Christmas
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- approximately 60 sheets of letter-sized, undyed, recycled paper divided into 12 piles of 5 sheets of paper: each pile is then folded in half to make a "folio"
- linen thread and darning needle
- strip of muslin cloth at least as long as the folded edge of the folio and as wide as the stack of folios
- eco-friendly adhesive glue
- 2 rectangles of recycled cardboard cut to the same size as the folded folios, and 1 rectangle cut the same size as the muslin cloth
- old, pretty recycled fabric cut just slightly larger than a sheet of paper
- 1 illustrated page from an old, unwanted book
- 2 sheets of brightly colored recycled letter-sized paper, each folded in half
Line up the 12 folios of paper, with folds on the same side. Make 6 evenly spaced holes in each folio with a pin, making sure the holes line up when all 12 folios are stacked. Sew the folios together with linen thread, using a running stitch.
Cut the piece of muslin cloth so that it is the same length and width as the joined folios. Then glue the cloth over the stitched folio folds.
Glue the cardboard rectangles to the fabric, placing the thinnest rectangle in the middle and leaving a slight gap between the pieces. Fold down the fabric edges and glue them. Glue the illustrated page half over the cover.
Excerpted from A Greener Christmas
© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2008
Make these fabric Christmas topiaries without using your sewing machine.