Introduction: Book Roll With Six Color Books

About: Grandma Van uses the Instructables website to share little print-and-mail books. Once in a while, she has other fun things to share.

Over the past few weeks, I have been publishing a set of "PocketMod" books here on Instructables.

Now it's time to put them all together in their own special container, which I will call a "book roll." My book roll is based on various tool roll designs that I've seen over the years.

If you don't have a sewing machine, the book roll can be sewn by hand. There are very few seams (fewer than 45 inches total).

Step 1: Print the PDF.

I've joined all of the color book PDFs into a single PDF. Be sure to print on one side of the paper only.

Step 2: Cut and Fold.

Cut and fold each little book, following the steps on the PocketMod website, or following the instructions I put up for my first cut-and-fold booklet:

Brown Bug.

Set the six little books aside.

Step 3: Gather the Materials for the Book Roll.



Needle or sewing machine

Velcro, four and a half inches, sewable, in a coordinating color



Step 4: Cut the Fabric.

Cut a piece of fabric, 21.5 inches by 16 inches.

Step 5: Cut a Four Inch Piece of Velcro From the "soft Side"

Cut the soft side of the velcro so that is is only four inches long.

Sew this velcro on the RIGHT side of the fabric, with the top edge eight inches from the top and the right side four inches from the right edge.

Step 6: Cut a 4.5 Inch Piece of the Loop Side of Velcro.

In my example, I have used two different colors of velcro so that is is easier to see.

The "loop side" piece of velcro (yellow in the diagram) should be placed to the right of the soft piece.Sew down only the right edge of this velcro, Loop side up.

Step 7: Flip and Fold.

Flip the fabric over, as if you were turning a page. Measure three inches from the bottom and fold the lower edge up to form a pocket.

Step 8: Flip and Fold Again.

Again, flip the fabric over, as if turning a page. Fold the bottom edge up again. The "pocket" is now double-sided.

Step 9: Fold in Half.

After two folds, you should see a double-sided pocket at the bottom and a rectangle of fabric that is now ten inches tall. Fold this in half so that the right side of the fabric is inside.

Step 10: Stitch the Outer Edges.

Stitch on each side.

Clip the corners.

Step 11: Unfold.

The unfolding has two steps.

When is is correctly unfolded, you will have a double-sided pocket at the bottom. The wrong side of the fabric will not be visible.

(Yes, this would be better shown as a movie! I'll try to add one ... eventually...)

Step 12: Stitch the Pockets.

Using the measurements shown, stitch the the right edge of the first pocket. It should be 3.25 inches wide.

Step 13: Continue Sewing the Pockets.

Carefully measure and mark the seam lines for the remaining pockets.

(Or cut three pieces of paper and use the paper as guides.)

Note that the first two pockets are 3.25 inches wide, the middle two are 3.5 inches wide, and the last two are 3.75 inches wide.

This allows for the book wrap to fold from left the right.

Step 14: Place the Books in the Pockets.

Place the books in the pockets and begin folding.

Step 15: Continue Folding.

Step 16: Bring the Velcro Across to Fasten.

Once you have made one of these, you will find that this design allows you to make book rolls very quickly.

The method can be adapted to form any number of pockets.

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