Posts Tagged ‘sewing’

Hand Stitched Pamphlet DIY

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Hi all!

Emma here. I’m very excited because next week I’m instructing our Hand Stitched Collage Journal workshop here in the store! Bookbinding can sometimes be a tricky business, and there are a lot of steps that need to be followed. So I’m making an instructional pamphlet for everyone to refer to during the workshop, and take home at the end.

Hand stitched pamphlets look really impressive and are super easy to make, so I thought I’d share a quick guide on how to sew one!

First, you want to layout all your pages. If you’re doing a double sided pamphlet like I did, this can feel a little weird because the layouts tends to look backwards. The trick is to count how many pages you have, then find your 2 middle pages, because these will be facing each other, and will therefore be printed on the same sheet of paper (I had 8 pages, so my middle pages were 4 & 5). Then, work backwards from there. If your middle pages are 4 & 5, then the back of that page is 3 & 6.


Once you have the pages laid out, print or photocopy them so they’re double sided. You can also make a separate cover in a different colour if you want to get really fancy!

Now it’s time to assemble your pamphlet. Put all the sheets together in order, and fold them in half. I used a bone folder to get a really nice crease (available in store for $9.95).


Next, I created a template with 3 holes in it: One in the centre, one near the top and one near the bottom (the last two should be equidistant from the centre).


Put the template in the middle of your pamphlet and punch the same three holes through your pages. Measure out your thread (2x the length of your spine) and thread your needle. I really love sewing with the waxed linen thread we have in the store (20 yards of 2-ply for only $4.50!). The waxy coating helps ensure you don’t rip through the paper you’re sewing.

Begin sewing in the centre hole, leaving a 1″ piece outside your pamphlet. Sew back out the top hole, then all the way to the bottom hole. When your pulling your stitches tight, make sure to gently pull parallel to the spine to further prevent ripping. Resurface through the middle hole and tie the two ends together.


And voila! This is one of the easiest forms of a book to make, and I love making little pamphlet books for my family and friends. Come check out our enormous in store selection of 8.5 x 11 papers, perfect for pamphlet making!


Happy weekend!



Hearts can travel through the mail!

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

As soon as I saw this pink, red and white twine I knew some mini Valentines were just waiting to be crafted. First, I typed little messages in red on heavy weight paper, then I sewed hearts around the messages. The hearts turned out a little lopsided, but sometimes those imperfections make things sweeter. I tucked them into tiny pink and white patterned bags and sealed them with gorgeous floral washi tape.

I hope your mailboxes are filled with love this Valentine’s Day!


Items available at The Paper Place:

Divine Twine
Handmade Meishi (Japanese for “business card”)
Chevron Bitty Bags
Washi Tape in a wide variety of colours
Envelopes in a range of colours and sizes


Sewing Paper by Lindsay Zier-Vogel

Friday, August 20th, 2010

I love sewing paper, perhaps even more than fabric. I love the way the thread stands out on the paper, I love how the paper can still hold its shape and I love the endless possibilities of thread and paper.

1 - punching out the holes first

For hand sewing:

I have learned that punching the holes first is key. I, of course, learned this the hard way, after creasing too many sheets of lovely paper, and ending up with misplaced holes that can’t be undone as they can be with fabric.

I take an image, usually a line drawing and lay it over top of the paper I’d like to sew. Then, with a needle, or a needle jammed into the end of a cork to save my fingers, I poke out the holes on top of a soft surface – often the couch.

2 - blue eyed grass finished

I will use 2-3 strands of embroidery floss; from there, the sewing is easy!

I usually use a glue stick on the back to cover up the messy underside with another piece of glued on paper.

3 - embroidered prairie flowers

Thicker kozo paper, like the Hagaki, works wonderfully and doesn’t crinkle or bend too much when you’re punching in the holes, and I’ve found the Nepalese paper that The Paper Place carries is wonderful for embroidery. It creases easily, but is easy to smooth out when glued. It is one of my very favourite papers to sew with.

4 - more embroidery, kozo

For machine sewing:

I use a medium-sized needle so the holes in the paper aren’t too big. I’d be lying if I said I had a paper needle and a fabric needle, though I probably should. Paper dulls needles quickly though, so I’d definitely recommend switching them out quite often.

6 - sewing machine 1

Even the most basic machine can handle paper – even a bunch of them if you go slowly enough. I often bind books using my trusty sewing machine (set on the longest stitch) and love the accented look of machine stitching on paper. And the zig zag stitch is perfect for affixing decorative bits to pages.

7 - zig zag stitch

visit Lindsay’s website for more of her inspiring work!