Saturday, April 25, 2015

Book #115

Green Binding No. 5

Yet another book made from repurposed materials. I used a zipper coffee bag for the cover and the pages are cut from brown paper bags. I made a closure using an old button. For this book, I did use new linen thread... otherwise everything else was repurposed.

Thanks to Carley who told me about books she had made using these kinds of plastic zipper bags. I used a different binding than hers. For mine, I used one of Keith Smith's 3-section stitches called haxagonals. I really like how the cover has a pocket built in, since the zipper closure is still intact on the front so it could be used to hold a pencil or other small items.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Book #114

Green Binding No. 4

This book is made using the Secret Scottish Rubbish binding, which I have written about before if you want to read more about it. Again, all the materials are repurposed: cookie package for the cover, old envelopes for the pages, and the binding is "sewn" with a strip of plastic cut from a shopping bag.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Book #113

Green Binding No. 3

Another book made from repurposed materials today. The cover is cut from a cracker box, the pages are salvaged from the blue bin, and the binding is made from a twig and an elastic. I discovered this little structure over at Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord's site,, when I was looking for ideas that I could make with kids. She has lots of great ideas on her website.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Book #112

Green Binding No. 2

It is Earth Day today! Do something good for the planet.

Today's book is another one made entirely from repurposed materials. Some time ago, I had to shred some documents that had been bound with these plastic coils. So I saved the plastic coils to see if I could use them again. Cut down to this smaller size, they work perfectly fine for a small notebook. The cover is made from a coffee cup that I flattened and trimmed. The pages are cut from paper salvaged from the blue bin. All materials repurposed and transformed into a handy little notebook. Reduce, reuse, recycle.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Book #111

Green Binding No.1

Tomorrow is Earth Day, so over the next few days I will show a few of the simple bindings that I have used for making "green" books. The first is one that I did with a group a teenagers and all the materials we used were repurposed. The covers were cut from various food boxes and the pages were from a printer/photocopier blue bin where all the sheets were blank on one side. The only other thing we needed was something to stitch the pages, and we cut a plastic bag into strips and used the long strips of plastic to sew the book.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Book #110

Pinking Shears

This one is called pinking shears for obvious reasons. Yes, I know there have been a lot of these simple 2-section stitches now, but I did this batch of posts all in advance so that I could focus on some other things. This is the last one that I'm going to show in this little series for now. I'll try to come up with something different for tomorrow!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Book #109

Lightning Bolt

This is another one that I really like. Smith calls this two-section stitching pattern lightning bolt.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Book #108


I really like this 2-section stitching pattern, also from Smith's book. This is called "zigzag".

Friday, April 17, 2015

Book #107

Diagonals & Bars

Diagonals & bars is today's 2-section sewing, another one from Smith's book.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Book #106

Broken Zs

More of Smith's 2-section stitching today. This one is called broken Zs.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Book #105

Bars & Arrows

I find the appearance of this this particular two-section stitch to be a little awkward, but it is still quite simple to produce. Smith calls this one bars & arrows.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Book #104

Standing Zs

Called Standing Zs or Lying Ns, this is another of the two-section stitches in Smith's book.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Book #103

Dash & Bars

I have being trying a few more of the two-section stitches in Smith's book. He calls this one dash & bars.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Book #102

Nested Pop-ups

I made some pop-up balloons for my birthday today! This is a simple example of nested pop-ups where I created the same pop-up shape on three different sheets -- just moving it a bit each time. Then when the three sheets are stacked together, the shapes pop through the holes created by the sheets in front.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Book #101


This is one of the three-section sewings from Smith's book, simply called Vs.