My very first blog entry. Wow. Let’s allow this to sink in for a moment.
Whew. Ok. I think I’m good. I have a lot of ideas to share with whoever may read this little space of mine and I’m very excited to get this blog rolling.
So without further rambling, this is what you’ll need for this little project:
- One piece of decorative scrapbook paper
- Two pieces of light colored scrapbook paper (that match the decorative paper)
- Sewing needle
- Twine or DMC embroidery floss
This will make 4 notepads. (I’m displaying two different “decorative” papers below to show possible options for the “cover” of your notepads.)
Start by folding your papers in half. Then, fold the outside edges into the inside fold you just made. (Do this for the light colored paper and your decorative “cover” paper.
Cut the strips.
Now, fold the strips in half, and cut. (Do this for the light colored paper only.)
Fold the cut pieces in half. They should look like this. One sheet will make 2 notepads. Divide the stacks in half so that you have 4 pieces of folded paper in each stack.
Now, take your decorative paper and fold one of the strips in half. Tie a knot at the end of your string. Starting from the inside of the paper, poke a hole and pull until the knot gets caught on the back of the paper. (It will be on the inside.)
Overcast or saddle-stitch the entire way around. Do not worry about being a perfectionist. (I have issues with this too, but it isn’t necessary to have your stitches perfectly spaced or even… just try to get them close!)
At the corners, sew threw the same hole twice. When you come back around to the beginning. Loop your thread through a previous stitch and create a knot securing your string. Cut off remaining thread.
I used a 3-ring hole punch, but a single would work easier. Cut two holes in your stack of light colored paper as well as your decorative paper that you just stitched.
Place them together and wrap a string through the holes twice so that the remaining string comes out of the top of the decorative paper.
Tie into a bow on top.
You may want to cut your sheets of paper if they do not line up properly once you’ve folded them inside of each other.
That’s it! Cute, little, square notepads are now ready to be given away or tucked into your purse.