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I just absolutely love creating my own folded book art. It's such a fun way of re-using old books and give them another purpose.

I've searched and searched the web to find any tutorials on how to do it and i just couldn't find anything. Untill one day i found a website called foldedbookart.com which offers already made and custom patterns.

On of the patterns they used to have was this little heart sign. For me this was a real good way to get started as it's quite a quick pattern to do and the result still looks great.

In the next steps i'll explain to you how to fold this heart into a book. (I used a picture from their website for the front image)

Completing this tutorial can be done within 45 minutes.

Step 1: Collecting the materials needed

For us to be able to create folded book art we need a few things:

- We need a book. It's best to use a hardcovered book, as these books will give the best results when displaying them.
- We need a ruler in centimeters, as these patterns are displayed in centimeters
- And ofcourse we need a pencil to mark the pages.

<p>Hi everyone,</p><p>I have created a range of book folding patterns which include patterns for words, names, animals, weddings, halloween, children and lots more. I can also make custom words and patterns. Feel free to take a look at looksinviting.etsy.com</p><p>Happy folding!</p><p>Sharron</p>
<p>hi new to this can some one please do word ANGEL for me pretty please xx</p>
<p>hello Im from iran and there is no way to recive patterns of bookfoldings i try to make them by photoshop but there is some problem whith the width and hight of the page please help me how to make a pattern i want to do this art it is impossible to have width in pixel and length in cm </p>
<p>I somehow got it wrong and had a heart on one side of the book so I ended up doing another on the other side - with a double heart as the finished product, </p>
<p>This may sound silly but do you fold the right 40 pages and then repeat the process with the 40 pages on the left? Also I see the first fold but when you do the second fold does the first fold get folded into the second fold. I'm probably making this more complicated than it is but like I said I'm confused. Help Please......</p>
To answer your question, you start with the book in front of you as if you're reading it. Turn the book clockwise. Mark the pages with the measurements provided in your pattern. Each page is then folded where you marked it. Your pattern from top to bottom is folded from front to back of the book. You just follow the pattern for each page. I personally make several marks first then fold pages so I can see my progress. You do not fold the first page into the second page. Each page/fold is independen. I have made two so far and they came out great. You can always go back and correct a fold if it doesn't look quite right. Happy folding ☺ Maybe I should post a video.
I love the 'measure and mark' way to fold books I personally find it much simpler! I have just made the heart and it's come out really well. I added some red paper hearts on wire and gave it to my daughter, she loves it! Thank you ! I'm going to try the double heart now!
<p>Needed a gift for Mum on Mothersday and couldn't find anything she liked so resulted to creativity, I folded two pages also but I overlapped them. I think it turned out well for my first attempt at book folding! Thank you!</p>
My book is 200 pages so I used 2 sheets per fold. Quite pleased how it turned out for a first attempt! Thank you Magistro for the very clear instructions.
<p>did you use two sheets together or fold two separate sheet at the same measurement?</p>
I folded 2 sheets together.
<p>Thank you so much for the instructions, I just made one and it came out perfect!</p>
Hi , I'm stuck on a pram pattern , was going well until I came to large overlapping folds , 14cm - 15cm and bigger and it's leaving a gap in the book and not lookin right , I think I'm folding them wrong . Can any one put a pic on pls so I can see what I'm doing wrong , thanks
<p>Do you actually start on page one? Or do you start farther int o make more of a boarder?</p>
Awesome tutorial!!!!!
<p>Hi i have a book with 186 pages and i am trying to follow the instructions but for some reason i am not getting it right can someone please help.This is my first attempt</p>
<p>Hi who can help me please.Who can make pattern who can explain me easy ways of making folded book/ <br>Contact: Whatsapp: +994555317815 or you can contact me with facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009533314363</p>
Hi,<br><br>Have a look at www.foldedbookart.com all the patterns work in the same way.
Has anyone ever tried putting a little glue in between the pages to make it stay instead of using ribbon?? Do you guys think this would work??
It probably would work but the ribbon adds a decorative touch.
<p>I helped my 12 year old foster son make this for his biological mom. He was SO proud of himself when it was finished and is so excited to give it to his mom tomorrow. Thank you so much for this tutorial!</p>
<p>the privacy agreement is very worrying so have decide not to download so that I don't get inundated with emails from other countries.</p>
<p>Nice book folding but not sure why the instuctions wont print? :(</p>
Hello, how do you know where to begine so the finished heart is in center of the book? Thank you !
<p>Find the center page of the book then count half the pages to the left and half to the right of centre.</p>
<p>Nice and easy to follow. I needed a quick birthday pressie for my mum, tomorrow. Thanks.</p>
Hi I have a pattern for it's a girl. I am having problems with it cuz there is 4 measurements on one page and don't know how to do it. Can anybody help to show me please thank you elaine
Your pattern is almost certainly for a cut fold, over 2 lines. The pattern should tell you the measurement at which you should cut the pages. I believe most people just cut a few inches towards the spine.
I have seen patterns like these....... some of them require you to cut the page in half 1st.<br>Hope this helps?
Thank you - my very 1st attempt and you made it so clear to understand.
<p>Thanks so much Magistro! This was super easy to follow and turned out great!! Thanks very much for making this so easy and available!! =)</p>
<p>Hi, love this pattern and so easy to do, I tend to fold 2 pages at once for each fold which produces a 'chunkier' heart shape, this is one I have made for a friends birthday and has just taken me less than an hour to complete, I have finished it off with a strip of ribbon top and bottom,embellishments and an artificial flower which is easily tucked into the gap at the spine....Happy Folding! xx </p>
Hi i made my first one last night ? does anyone know if i can share this with a group of friends to do together? Not sure on the whole copyright thing? Thank you
<p>Hi, my partner is really into this and has done some great books using a full family alphabet font pattern purchased from etsy. It includes all letters in the alphabet in upper and lower case. This was great for her to get started but she is now bored of the font that this pattern uses. She now wants to experiment with other fonts. Do you know how we can create our own system using any font we want. I have photoshop. I have seen how I can create lines on each letter but this isn't the way the pattern purchased from etsy works. The etsy pattern gives measurements for each letter and this is what my partners preferred method of doing this is. It comes out neater than sliding a piece of paper in and out between each page and marking it. </p><p>Any help appreciated, Thanks, Karlos</p><p>PS if anyone else has tried both methods of folding (measure with ruler, mark and fold vs sliding a template of a word in and out of every page and marking then folding) please let me know your own opinion on the 2. </p><p>The picture below was her first ever attempt :)</p>
<p>This is GREAT! Can you please tell me what book you bought for the instructions and fonts. I want to do this for some family members!!! </p>
<p>my first ever attempt at gone midnight, and the only book i could lay my hands on was a bread making recipe book....lol but it done the trick :)</p>
<p>love book folding so relaxing</p>
<p>gave it a go, very easy, want to do more, love it x</p>
:( what have I done wrong?
<p>i made 2 , loved doing them , wish there were more free patterns </p>
<p>Those are lovely.! I found a link to some free patterns here</p><p>http://rhymeswithmagicart.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/free%20patterns</p>
<p>Thank you so much for this, I have been trying to start for ages but had no idea where to! This is my first ever attempt at any form of book art and I love it! Room for improvement but im sure that will come with experience! Thanks again x</p>
<p>Hi I cant wait to try this it will be my first ever and tomo I will be off raiding charity shops for hardbacks! for this design what is the best sized book?(roughly how many pages) thanks for making such a great tutorial! </p>
<p>I made this heart already and I will share what I did with it, just as soon as I can get a couple of problems I'm having with a different pattern. My problem comes from the numbers I was given for this one book folding art. It's my daughters middle name and the values that are given of course is cm. ( I suck at math just to be honest) but I understand when the value might read for an example: 12.5 I know to look at the ruler on the cm side and see the 12 then count 5 little dashes in between the 12 and 13. okay got that... but what if it reads 7.75 or 0.60??? Now I might of thought that the 7.75 was reading 7 and 7 more mm( 7 more marks between the 7 &amp; 8)But the 5 is throwing me.. I know there isn't 75 dashes between those two numbers. I was never taught to use the metric system here in the states as much as over seas. So can someone please explain to me how to read this, because my book is looking all messed up. Thanks for anyone who might have an easy answer to this, oh..... soooo confusing problem??? I would be so grateful for anyone who might want to try to explain to this not so smart in the mathematic department. but I am the teachable kind. lol </p>
<p></p><p>Hi <a href="http://www.instructables.com/member/specialeddterri/" rel="nofollow">specialeddterri </a></p><p>There's nothing special to reading a metric ruler, just treat the numbers like regular numbers.</p><p>So, in your example, you gave 0.60 cm , which if you treat like a normal number can also be written as 0.6, so 6 millimeters.</p><p>Again, 7.75cm if treated like a normal number is Seven and Three Quarters, so that would be between the 7th and the 8th millimeter mark of the 7th Centimeter (Or three quarters of the way between the 7cm and the 8cm on your ruler).</p><p>I have never stopped to think that someone used to using the imperial system would find measuring in metric hard! But now I am explaining it to you, I can see where the confusion lies!</p><p>In fairness, the problem here is that all of the instructions should really be in millimeters to avoid this, but hey, what are you gonna do?</p><p>Hope that helps!</p><p></p>