What You’ll Need
- 20 pages of text-weight paper
- One or two pieces of cardstock (at least 8-1/2 inches x 11 inches)
- Red embroidery floss
- Three or four binder clips
- Tapestry needle
- Stamp & ink (optional)
- Cutting mat
- Cut front cover, back cover and inside pages to desired size.
- Stack pages and covers together; clamp left edge together with binder clips.
- With pages clipped together, lay booklet down on a cutting mat and mark four spots for holes. (For larger books, space the holes evenly; for smaller books, this is less important.)
- Punch holes through all layers with awl.
- Thread needle with a thread length long enough to wrap around height of book three times.
- With pages clamped together on one side, split pages at center of booklet and insert needle through hole #2, leaving a 2-inch tail inside of book (figures 1 and 2).
- Create a loop around hole #2 by bringing needle up from back cover to front cover (figure 3).
- From front side, insert needle down through hole #1 and create a loop again, just as you did with hole #2.
- Bring needle through hole #1 again, going around bottom edge of book; this creates a loop at a 90-degree angle to one formed in step 2.
- Work your way up edge of book, bringing needle up at hole #2 and down at hole #3. Create a loop at hole #3 and continue to hole #4.
- At hole #4, create two loops as you did at hole #1. Then, bring thread up and over to hole #3, then down and over to hole 2 (figure 4).
- Bring needle up through hole at center of book where thread tail is located. Tie off ends and trim excess.
To finish, personalize booklet by stamping a festive design onto the cover.