Quick & Easy Handmade Gift Ideas: Simple Booklet

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
  • Awl
  • Three or four binder clips
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stamp & ink (optional)
  • Cutting mat
  • Pencil


  1. Cut front cover, back cover and inside pages to desired size.
  2. Stack pages and covers together; clamp left edge together with binder clips.
  3. 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.)
  4. Punch holes through all layers with awl.
  5. Thread needle with a thread length long enough to wrap around height of book three times.


  1. 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).
  3. Create a loop around hole #2 by bringing needle up from back cover to front cover (figure 3).
  4. From front side, insert needle down through hole #1 and create a loop again, just as you did with hole #2.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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).
  8. 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.

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