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Keeps your cookbooks or other how-tos clean! Clear plastic, polyester ribbon and rickrack can be wiped clean of batter with a damp sponge. The components are sewn together, so there will be no issues with adhesives warping the polyesters or dissolving in water. And the apron can act as a bookmark when not in use.
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Step 1: Assemble Ingredients

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Clear plastic folder, Olfa knife and ruler, polyester ribbon, coordinating rickrack, coordinating thread, cutting mat (optional), awl (optional), scissors. The hardest part of this is finding a folder with enough "flop" to keep the edges down--tho the rickrack does help to weight the edges.

Step 2: Measure and cut "apron" to fit

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The "apron" (cut folder) should, when closed, measure approximately 1/2" more than the width and 1/2" more than the height of the book. This catches more spills and allows room for the rickrack so it doesn't obscure the text. This margin isn't so large, on the other hand, that the apron will be shredded by sticking out when the book is closed.

A paper cutter is ideal for cutting the folder super-square, if you have access--if not, a ruler and Olfa knife will do the trick.

Step 3: Round the Corners

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Round the corners of the apron with a pair of scissors. You don't want sharp points you could hurt yourself on, eh?

Step 4: Pierce along the fold

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Pierce along the fold using an awl or a needle every 1/4" or so. Pre-piercing makes the sewing in of the ribbon a whole lot easier and more regular. Don't make the piercings too close together or too close to the edge, lest the plastic tear through.

Step 5: Prep the ribbon

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Cut the ribbon at a diagonal and long enough to extend 4" or 5" beyond the top and beyond the bottom of the "apron" when the ribbon is centered within the fold. Sear the poly ribbon's cut edges very carefully with a lighter to prevent fraying.
mole14 years ago
This is brilliant!
bunnstuff (author) 4 years ago
A dry erase marker works on the plastic that I used, but I would test your materials to be safe.

The vinyl that I could find was too thick, and would damage the spine of the book if closed in; and I couldn't figure out how to get a sewing machine to allow the ribbon in the middle to "flop" flat to either side. But then, I am not so good with the sewing machine.
monictard4 years ago
Awesome idea! Will give it a try!
hannasoumie4 years ago
how about using the clear vinyl instead of the folder? and a sewing machine will sew thru the vinyl...even though it is easier if you have a roller foot or walking foot.
jgodsey7 years ago
have you tried using a sewing machine? you can adjust the stitch width quite wide and then just use the hand control to sew.
GREAT idea! I always hate how I end up getting food stuffs on my nice expensive cookbooks! I second John Smith's suggestion- what happened with the dry erase marker?
John Smith8 years ago
What about using dry-erase markers to check off ingredients? That is something I'd want it for.
bunnstuff (author)  John Smith7 years ago
ooh, I should get a marker and try it out. i did notice that the clear plastic is static-y--a piece of paper will stick to it, so a person could sort of underline where they are in the recipe just with a scrap of paper.
This is great for my mom but she has like a billion different shaped cookbooks, I think I'll try this
oh yea I forgot she also takes note cards and cuts out recipes from like cereal boxes n stuff then glues them to the note card and laminates them
allanf08 years ago
That is a really good idea, especially for disaster prone cooks such as myself.