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booklets {tutorial}

Do you need a simple project for an easter basket, party favor or something fun to jot down notes in?

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How about making one of these booklets.

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Here is what you’ll need:

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:: booklet template {download pink or orange at the end of the post}

:: multiple sheets of text-weight paper

:: sewing machine, paper cutter

:: rubber stamps & ink to personalize

STEP ONE: trim template to size {7 x 5}

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STEP TWO: cut filler paper to size {4.875 x 6.875}

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I stacked four sheets so when folded my booklets would have eight blank sheets. You could add as many or few as you’d like.

You’ll have this:

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STEP THREE: fold the booklet cover and inside pages in half

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STEP FOUR: assemble the booklet

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STEP FIVE: stitch along the folded line using a straight stitch

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See? So simple.

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You can embellish the front however you like : I used my favorite letter stamps to personalize, but handwriting or stickers would also be darling.

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Add it to the easter basket along with colored pencils or crayons for a cute handmade sketchbook.

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You are welcome to use my templates:

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34 Responses to booklets {tutorial}

  1. Veronilynne April 17, 2014 at 7:21 pm #

    Hello! I tried this and while it looked super cute, when I stitched it together, the papers all cracked :(
    Any stitching tips? Or guidance at all?

    I don’t know much about the sewing machine, so any help will be great :)

  2. Nancy November 7, 2013 at 6:49 am #

    Thanks for sharing. I made a couple with my daughter last night and she loved it!

  3. teresa May 12, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

    I make these for a family reunion at the beach….everyone loved them! Thanks for sharing

  4. Shelley @ Green Eggs and Hamlet May 3, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    Love the booklet idea, thanks for the tutorial! Also, did you sew that stuffed rabbit for No. 3? SO darling, love the menswear fabric.

  5. Charlotte April 30, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    Would love to know where you got the adorable letter stamps! I am looking online for some and am curious about yours. What a great idea for personalizing all sorts of projects!

  6. Shirley Hodge April 25, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    Hope this suffices for entry into the giveaway as I found a link to like you on facebook and posted a comment on facebook but I’ll be danged if I can find a link to log on to facebook to enter the giveaway. I have a feeling this is futile also but will give it a try.

  7. Heather April 22, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    I just made a couple of these for my girls. Absolutely great idea!! Two questions though: 1) the cardstock ended up being almost punched through with the holes from the sewing so I had to use tape to hold it together. What do you think I did wrong? Tension too tight? Needle too small? 2) I am in the “want to know where you bought the stamps” camp too. :D

  8. cailan April 22, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

    Hey there, I just was trying to comment on your new post – such a fabulous collection – but it won’t allow comments. It might just be me, but I wanted to make sure you knew!

  9. Lynda April 21, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

    Hi Emily. I made your little books a couple of hours ago – they are so adorable. I’m going to use them as place markers at the kids table for Easter. I also have little glittered baskets in teal and purple and white chocolate rabbits to add to the mix. Now I’m off to find napkins with some yellow in them! Thanks so much for this wonderful addition. Everything you make is so very perfect!

  10. Kim April 21, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

    Great idea and the perfect touch for an Easter basket! How did you do the number stickers on your Easter buckets? They are great and would be nice on soooo many things!

  11. Lauren Gibson April 21, 2011 at 7:13 am #

    Absolutely love this idea! Cannot get enough of these great emails!

  12. Lori April 20, 2011 at 10:56 pm #

    Love these little booklets. Just made a couple for two adorable little girls as part of a gift for a special Mommy/Daughter day. I love your blog and the tutorials…your blog is a daily stop for me! Thanks.

  13. KC April 20, 2011 at 6:11 pm #

    wish i had my sewing machine here!

  14. Melissa M April 20, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

    as always, thank you for the awesome ideas! i too, had picked up colored pencils to go in the easter baskets (great minds link alike!) and now…I gotta make one of your lovely booklets!!!! Perfect!!!

  15. Ellie G April 20, 2011 at 5:21 pm #

    This is beyond amazing! I love the simplicity, but the finished product looks so beyond simple. I am really just blown away. Loving this. Pinned it and everything. Yay! Beautiful!

  16. Kelly Rand April 20, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

    I’ve already made four of these from what I had on hand :) I have similar letter stamps and put “pray.” on the front of mine. They are such perfect gifts for a variety of things. I will give a few with wedding gifts this summer. I usually get one item off the registry, one book I love (the five love languages) , and then one of these that they can write prayers with their spouse in. thank you for sharing your talents as always… such an inspiration :)

  17. Jessica H April 20, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    Super!!! I didn’t even think about sewing paper together….We are a family of doodlers! I will have to try this! Thanks so much

  18. Alima April 20, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

    So cute! I never knew you could put paper through the sewing machine! ha! Do you need a special needle or anything?

  19. Elisa April 20, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    So cute! And, another request about the stamps? I looked at my local craft store they they only had yucky fonts :)

  20. Kathleen April 20, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    Absolutely adorable and so easy, Thanks!!

  21. Laine Collins April 20, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    I am so glad I found your website! You have such great ideas and I look forward to what you are posting everyday! Thanks for sharing!!

  22. rachel April 20, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    Emily, love love love!! Can you please share where did you find those stamps?? soo creative.

  23. Molly O'Malley April 20, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    Love this idea! I’m thinking of using it at our next shower!

  24. Brym Anderson April 20, 2011 at 9:20 am #

    You inspire me! Thank you :O)

  25. Erin April 20, 2011 at 9:07 am #

    I sit down at my desk every morning and after I’ve answered my work emails I mosey on over to your page. You are so talented and I enjoy seeing your creativity come alive. I’m learning to sew and you’re inspiring ideas are pushing me along. Thank you for sharing your talent with all of us.

  26. Lizziefitz April 20, 2011 at 8:13 am #

    Emily, this DIY is perfect. I do love school supplies:) thanks for sharing. Please come join my give away.

  27. Michelle April 20, 2011 at 8:08 am #

    May I ask where you got those letter stamps? I love them.

  28. Julie April 20, 2011 at 7:32 am #

    emily, you have the best blog! thanks for all the printables. can’t wait to make these for my kids!

  29. Katie Greenlaw April 20, 2011 at 7:28 am #

    Emily, thank you for always being a constant inspiration. Your gifts are not only adorable, but so thoughtful. My baby is only 9 months old, but I’ve decided to make “Easter Buckets” for all of our nieces and nephews…..they will LOVE them. I am just starting to cut out the pieces for 10 bunnies now. What a gift you are to so many. My house has touches of “Emily” all over. Thank you again and God Bless!

  30. cailan April 20, 2011 at 7:24 am #

    So darling. I’ll have to look for some rubber stamps like those – they seem like they would come in hand a lot. And I’m curious what printer you use that doesn’t make it quite a fortune to print out sweet things like this? Perhaps you mentioned it in another post – I’ll have to look. Thank you again for lovely inspiration.

  31. jami nato April 20, 2011 at 6:24 am #

    adorable…

  32. Allison D April 20, 2011 at 5:42 am #

    I might use this as a favor gift for my girls upcoming bday! thanks for sharing it

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