05 June 2011

from scraps to doodles


for the first time in the nearly 10 (gasp!) years we've been homeschooling, we ended the school  year with a stack of worksheets. i wanted an alternative to tossing them into the recycling bin, so turned them into doodle pads for elfling.

here is how i did it:

* make sure the papers are all blank-side up.
* cut them in half, across the middle.
* separate into manageable stacks. too thick & you could break your needle.
* cut covers for each (fronts & backs) from grocery bags.
* place a front & a back on either side of each stack.
* choose a short side to be the top, & sew a straight stitch 1/4 an inch from the edge.
* go back to the beginning, & sew (at the edge) a zig-zag stitch.
* repeat for each doodle pad.

i recommend that you do this when you are not bone-weary from lack of sleep. i was that, & the result is the worst sewing job. ever. 

i'm in love with the illustrations on trader joe's grocery bags, which is what i used to cover these doodle pads. if you want to see what else i do with the bags, read this tutorial.

i hope you are inspired to reuse paper that still has one blank side. if so, let me know what you come up with!



bhán said...

I love those covers!

Theresa (Miss Charlotte) said...

How incredibly creative!!! I love this and simply must share your craftiness...and find the nearest Trader Joe's. Cheers!

kat (kats in the belfry) said...

bhan, thank you!

theresa, thank you too! i hope you find a tj's near you.

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