Remember the fantastic sticker book that my friend, Carey, made for Otis? Well, she’s been kind enough to work out some of the kinks, and together we worked on a tutorial for the new and improved sticker book (so SO much fun to craft together). It’s a really great present (Otis adored his) and as an added bonus, it’s actually a pretty easy project. Put your hands together for Carey!
cover stock for the cover of the sticker book, cut to 7.5″ x 12″
contrasting cover stock for the pocket
plain white paper, cut to 6.5″ x 11″
fabric to use as a press cloth (I used some extra flannel I had sitting around)
binder clip (optional)
bookbinder’s thread (although really thick, durable sewing thread might also work)
needle with a long, flat eye (like a tapestry or chenille needle)
(I give you directions for a 7.5″h x 6″w book, but it’s pretty easy to adjust the measurements if you want to make changes – just cut the white paper 1″ shorter in width and length than the cover stock.)
1. Sew pocket onto cover, using long stitches when you sew. (This prevents weakening the paper by punching too many holes) Use an old needle for this job, because sharp needles are not required and the paper dulls them very quickly.
2. Layer your white paper between two sheets of wax paper. It doesn’t matter what size the wax paper is now because you’ll trim them later. Iron the pages on medium heat between press cloths. Ironing from the center towards the edges will help you get rid of bubbles that may form. I found that ironing both sides of the paper helped me get the smoothest results.
You may choose the number of pages that you’d like for your book. I used 4 sheets of paper to make an 8-page book.
3. Match up the corners of the white paper inside the sticker pages and fold them in half.
4. Stack the pages inside of each other, matching up the edges and keeping the pages as close to each other as possible. You may use binder clips to help hold them tightly together at the spine.
5. Trim all the pages at the same time so that they are straight and even. Make sure to leave at least 1/4″ of wax paper – it’s what’s holding the pages together.
6. Unfold your pages and lay them flat, making sure they stay lined up. Use an awl to punch 4 holes at the following measurements: 1″ from bottom of wax paper; 2 5/8″ from bottom; 1″ from top of wax paper; 2 5/8″ from top .
7. Fold your cover in half. I find it easier and more precise to use my awl to score the cover before folding.
8. Use the holes from your sticker pages as a guide for making holes in the spine of your cover, making sure that everything is centered.
9. Sew the cover and inside pages together, using the diagram below as a guide for how to sew. Make sure your stitches are taut, but not too tight.
The diagram above was taken from this book. His whole series on non-adhesive binding techniques is amazing.
10. When you finish sewing, tie a square knot and snip the thread, leaving an inch or so of thread so it doesn’t come unraveled.
11. Stamp the name of the gift recipient on the cover and insert some stickers.
12. Give your sticker book to some lucky kid and bask in the glow of all the accolades you will receive for your genius.
Birthdays have not felt all that significant in recent years, and this one felt no different. I just turned 36, and this did not feel notable, either. But I just received an email from a dear friend, whom I’ve known since freshman year of college, and she pointed out that we met when we were 18. So I have known her for half of my life. Now I feel old. Really old. I’ll probably feel like some kind of grand gesture will be necessary soon. Maybe a drastic haircut? A cheesy tattoo?