Thursday, December 8, 2011
I had an impulse to sew paper, and these museum brochures were happy to step up to the task! I cut the papers into 4"x5.5" pieces, folded them in half, zipped up the sides with embroidery floss, and now I have little holders for my bookmarks and magnets and holiday gift cards or whatever other flat things I might want to give away. They could work for journal pockets, too.
The paper was thick and hearty, at least 100 lb cover weight, so first they needed a hole helper. A mini punch did an adequate job, though it got in the way of itself, and I had a hard time seeing how to space and align the holes along the guidelines that I so neatly penciled across the sides. That is why the first few holders look like they were made by a drunkard. If I made them again I'd use an awl for better visibility, but the urge is now satisfied so I won't. The upshot of the wonky line is that my recipients will take one look at them and say "Yep! Definitely handmade."