Book Decorations Challenge

It all started with day dreaming….. I was dreaming up ideas for a Peppermint Tree, one filled with peppermint inspired/themed ornaments and decorations. Then, I saw a star made from the pages of a book.

That was it…. my mind started rolling around all the different ornaments and decorations that could be made from the pages of a discarded book….. Then I wondered just how many ornaments could I make from a single book. 🤔

Book in hand, I will see how many ornaments I can make from this dictionary discarded from my local library. I will try to use an assortment of techniques to make a variety of ornaments. I will post them in my Don’t Paint the Cat Instagram with the hashtag #bookornamentchallenge and here on Don’t Paint the Cat.

I would love to have people join me. If there is some interest, I will create a Facebook group.


Fabric Book for Memories or Dreams

Continuing my book fascination, today I made a fabric book full of pockets from this oh-so-pretty map print I picked up at Chestnut Bay Quilt Shop. The concept of the book was inspired by a later 19th century sewing kit sometimes called “A Friend In Need.” For more on this book style case, read Dawn Cook Ronnington’s article in Piecework.

The fabric I used is a backing fabric that is 108″ wide. I only used 37″ of the 2/3rds of a yard I bought. In other words, piece 37″ by 24″. Plus, a little strip for the ties.

While the Victorian sewing book version was made with a single layer of fabric and bound with tape, I opted for two layers of fabric and turning the edges in rather than tape. Four inch scallops fold down over the eight interior pockets. I could add buttons or ties to each pocket, but they currently feel nicely secure.

It bothered me that the front of the book was upside down. So, I added a linen “plate,” which I will may embroider with “Memories” or “Dreams.”

Romantic Pages

This summer I came across a book title Dubious Documents this summer. It is a puzzle book comprised of envelopes each filled with a document clue. As we’ve been working on puzzle boxes at work, the beautiful little book caught my attention and had to come home with me.

The construction, envelopes made of decorative paper bound at the side, captivated me.

I had to create my own.

I found a set of scrapbook paper with a romantic feel combining late Victorian ephemeral images with beautiful roses. It had just the look I wanted. (I also have a couple other sets in my cart including one of maps and one more celestial.)

I made each of the envelopes first. To do this, I made a template the size of the finished envelope and folded the sides of the paper diagonally over it. I secured the folds with double sided tape, a first for me. I find I like this product. Each envelope page got a folded, hole punched tab at the base to secure it to the binding.

The book needed two sheets of paper for each the front and back cover. I find it was important to pre-score the fold for the binding. (This is where I made a mistake and scored the wrong side requiring an additional fold for each envelope.) It is important for the exterior paper to wrap around the entire folding section on the inside. I am considering a fabric for this part of the cover on future books like this because I can see the paper is already cracking at the fold.

Total materials included 1 24 sheet pack of 12″×12″ scrapbook paper, two sheets of thick pasteboard, double sided tape, and ribbon. For tools, I found I needed scissors, a ruler that doubled as a folding edge, a hole punch, and awl, and bodkin. I did end up running out of tape. Ooops.

I love this so much, I will be making another.