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Making a crochet-bound book

I decided that I wanted to make a little accordian-style books with some of my background papers. In particular, I wanted to use what was left from the pink and fushia monoprint paper. My first experiment didn't work out too well, as you'll see. I used a 1/2 inch paper punch and crocheted the pages together with an oversized hook. The crocheting went fine, but the holes were way too big!

My second attempt resorted to a standard office-style paper punch and a smaller hook. Much better! I trimmed the rectangles to get rid of the large holes, and cut two more pages out of another piece of background paper.

Here's how you assemble a book with crocheted joins:

1. Punch matched holes all along the edges of your papers that you want to join. Put the wrong sides together with the holes matched for two (or more) pairs of papers.

2. Leave a 3 to 4 inch tail which youll cover as you work. Pull the yarn through the first pair of holes with your hook, and single crochet over the top edge. Continue down the line to hook first through the holes and then over the top edge. Let the tail lie along the seam as you work, and it will be covered by your stitches.

3. Match the 2 center papers with right sides together and punch holes along the edge. I chose to double crochet this edge instead of single crochet, so that the row of stitching would stick out a bit more than that on the other edges.

4. Flip to the back of the book (the plain sides of the paper) and write in any quotes or story that you want.

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Michelle said…
Great way to join gorgeous paper together! Lovely book.
Cyndi L said…
Thank you, Michelle! I had forgotten about this little book...I need to dig it out and give it to a friend who needs it right now :-)