Ever wanted a unique sketchbook project for your high schoolers? A new journal for yourself? A gift for a family member or friend? All without spending a lot of money? Then this project is for you!!
Students creating this project will learn how to recycle/ reuse an old discarded book, how to use sewing (coptic/chain stitching) to link pages together, and how to create a sketchbook that is unique to them and that can be used for so many things!
Exacto Knife/ Box Cutter
Strong Thread/ Waxed Linen
Embroidery Needle or Curved Needle
Sharp Object (Seam Ripper, Safety Pin, Paper Clip, etc.)
Spray Adhesive or Rubber Cement
Paint or other art materials to decorate cover with
Step 1: Find a Book!
Find an old book!
I found a bunch at an old book relief sale, but you can find them in your own house, at library sales, thrift stores, or garage sales.
Step 2: Cut Along Binding
Using an Exacto Knife or Box Cutter, make a slit along the first page of the inside of the book. Repeat with the last page.
Step 3: Remove Pages
The pages should come out very cleanly, all connected!
Step 4: Measure Pages
Measure the height of the pages you removed. This will be the height of the pages you will need to cut. Measure the width of the pages, and multiply that by two (since our new pages will be folded in half), this will be the width of your new paper.
My pages were 8 inches by 5.5 inches, so my new papers will be cut to 8 inches by 11 inches.
Step 5: Cut New Pages
Cut computer paper to the height of you old pages by double the width. I used blue computer paper, but you can use any color! you can also use thicker paper, just know that you will need less than if you go with regular copy paper.
Again, my papers are being cut to 8 inches by 11 inches because my old pages measured 8 inches by 5.5 inches.
Step 6: Fold New Pages
Fold all of your newly cut pages in half. If you do this individually, the folds will be crisper and more exact.