Last week, I showed you the little sample book mock-ups that I made using the instructions in Alisa Golden's new book Making Handmade Books (don't forget to sign up for the giveaway!). Well, I had a few inspirations hit me while I was fooling around with the paper samples, and today I want to share one of them. If you don't have access to Alisa's book, many other books have the instructions for a simple X book as well...it's a traditional form that I think you'll even be able to figure out from my pictures pretty easily.
The X book form uses only the front sides of the piece of paper or fabric, so it can be made with a single thickness rather than having to be backed. I decided to use fabric rather than paper for my finished book, and since I wanted it a bit stiff, I treated each fabric piece with wood hardener before constructing. You'll need the following tools and materials:
Paper mock-up of book form
X-acto knife, scissors, or rotary cutter
Sewing machine (or you can hand stitch if you'd prefer)
1. Pick out 8 pieces of fabric, all the same size.
2. Use wood hardener on them and allow them to dry.
3. Arrange according to the pattern for an x-book.
4. Butt the pieces up against each other and zig zag stitch all the top pieces together and all the bottom pieces together.
5. Zig zag stitch along the top and bottom edges. Zig zag stitch along the inner edges of the middle two squares.
6. Butt the top and bottom pieces together and zig zag stitch the two outer squares together, skipping the inner two squares which are already finished.
7. Zig zag stitch along the outer edges.
8. Fold into an X book shape.
Write on pages
Stuff the pages and stitch together
Add beads, buttons, trim, etc before stitching together
Fabric books - part one
Fabric books - part two
Fabric books - part three
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