September 28, 2021

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How To Make A Miniature Fabric Bound Book

 

How To Make A Fabric-Bound Book 

Fall is here and along with it colder rainy days –  what better time is there to devote lots of time to reading? Some schools have reading lists, libraries have reading challenges, but besides all that, books are a great way to travel and explore new lands and times! Our dolls love to read, so we decided to make them a fabric-bound book that really opens and closes. Now they want a whole bookshelf full! Do your dolls like to read, too? Follow along to make them an easy book or two! Then cuddle up by the fire and read to your hearts content!

 

Supplies Needed:

•Computer paper
•Paper cutter (optional)
•Scissors
•Ruler and pencil
•Stick glue
•Lightweight cardboard/chipboard
•Small piece of white fabric
•Larger scrap of colored fabric
•Liquid Stitch fabric glue
•Paint brush or q-tips
•Thin ribbons (optional)
•Gold or silver metallic paint or sharpie (optional)



Let's get started!

Step 1:  Measure and cut your paper into strips. (Before we began we decided on a 2 3/4 by 2 inch book size, and printed small text boxes on our computer paper. You may not want to go to that much trouble, so blank paper is fine. Use your imagination, or let this be a journal or art book for your doll!) We used 8 strips cut to 8 1/2 by 2 inches for our demonstration book.



Step 2:  Fold you paper accordion style every 2 inches. Go back and forth, back and forth, trying to make each fold as even and exact as possible, in relation to the rest of the folds. This will give your book a better appearance once it is done and closed.


  
As you get to the end of a strip of paper, just overlap a little and glue on another one, using your stick glue and keeping the edges even. Keep adding paper and folding until your book is your desired thickness.

 

Step 3: Take your scrap of white fabric, and cut it to roughly 3 3/4 by 2 inches. Fold the two shorter sides up and in, adding a little liquid stitch inside to make a top and bottom “hem”. You want this to be exactly as tall as the “spine” of your folded papers.

 

Squeeze your folded paper together just a bit and add glue to the spine, using a generous amount of Liquid Stitch applied either with the paintbrush or q-tips. Adhere the white fabric to the spine of the folded papers, wrapping the edges around and gluing the free edges to the top and bottom folds of paper. You want really good contact between the fabric and the paper, so apply enough glue to fill in the gaps and almost saturate your fabric.

Let this set for a few minutes.

 

 

Step 4:  Now we will start on the outer cover of your book. Measure out and cut two pieces of your chipboard or lightweight cardboard to 2 7/8 by 2 1/8 inches. Also cut your scrap of colored fabric to be 7 by 4 3/4 inches.

Now you need to glue the chipboard pieces to the fabric, centered in the middle of the fabric but with a gap between them as thick as the spine of your book, in our case 1/4 of an inch, as in the photo.



Step 5:  Trim the fabric extending from the chipboard into angled triangle shapes, as in the photo. Add more Liquid Stitch and wrap these around and glue to the chipboard pieces. If you have any little threads sticking out of the corners you can put a little glue on your finger and wipe it on while smoothing the threads down.

 

Step 6:  Optional - if you want to add bookmarks as in some nicer books and bibles, measure and cut your narrow ribbon into 3-3 1/2 inch lengths. Glue one or more ribbons to the top of the outside of the spine of your paper book, with the long end extending upwards. Later this will fold down into the pages to make a bookmark.


Step 7:  Using the Liquid Stitch again, putting glue on the top, bottom, and spine, glue the outer cover of your book around the paper pages. Glue down the spine into the middle first, then wrap around the front, then the back. Make sure it is centered top to bottom, as the cover should stick out just a bit on all sides. Since we used a lot of glue, set this somewhere for half an hour to an hour to dry thoroughly. You might want to weight it down with something so it dries nice and flat. Let it dry all the way before you open the pages up all the way.
 

Step 7:  Optional - if you want the gilded edges that a lot of bibles and good quality leather bound books have, hold the pages together tightly and brush on gold or silver metallic paint. Use a dry brush and do several light coats, rather than one thick one, if you feel like you need more than one coat.
Make sure to loosen the pages from each other after each coat so that your pages do not stick together. You could also use a metallic sharpie and color the outer edges.

Once everything is dried and set, let your doll enjoy her new book!




*A couple of other ways to get text into your book are: You can scan or take photos of the inside of a book, or look on the internet for photos of the inside of a book, size those images to the size of your pages and print them, trim them, and glue them inside your book for a bit of realism. Or you can look in magazines for fine print and cut and glue those in. Or your child or doll could make it a scrapbook or doodle book, adding art or magazine clippings that they like best!

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100 Comments

sheila
sheila

October 04, 2021

my favorite books are mysteries. thanks for your offerings!

Rebekah
Rebekah

October 02, 2021

I enjoy autobiographies and inspirational fiction. I especially like historical fiction from the WWII era.

Rebecca Holt
Rebecca Holt

October 01, 2021

I have 6 all-time favorite books first the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night & The Book of Life. The other is Bryce Courtenay’s Potato Factory, Tommo & Hawk, Solomon’s Song. IF you are an Australian the Bryce Courtenay’s Trilogy is a must-read absolutely beautiful story that will have you wanting for more right to the very end. All Souls will do the same if you are into witches demons and vampires.

Jackie
Jackie

October 01, 2021

I love the Bible and read a bit of it every day. Mom and Dad used to read to each other. My husband and I read to each other and to our children and grandchild. Of our thousands of books on history, the sciences, and everything else my dolls seem to like fiction best. THE LION THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE is a great favorite with its sequels. So are all the ANNE OF GREEN GABLES books and everything by Louisa May Alcott and TREASURE ISLAND and THE SHIP’S CAT and the JUST SO STORIES.

Sue
Sue

October 01, 2021

I don’t have a favourite book but I do have a favourite author, Dean Koontz.

Thank you for the great giveaways.

Donna
Donna

October 01, 2021

My favorite book of all time is The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury.

Anne C-E
Anne C-E

October 01, 2021

I like reading cat books, both fiction and nonfiction. Most of the fiction are mysteries and the nonfiction Range from “how to” to books about the behavior or anatomy and physiology of all sizes of Cats from tigers to munchkin kittens.

abigayle
abigayle

October 01, 2021

my favorite book (other than the bible) is probably Pollyanna or Heidi!!

Piroska
Piroska

October 01, 2021

My favourite book of all time is Anne of Green Gables (and the whole series of Anne books).

Judy
Judy

October 01, 2021

I grew up reading Cherry Ames nursing books. I did not follow that profession. Now I enjoy reading historical novels and biographies.

Cynthia C
Cynthia C

October 01, 2021

I enjoy reading mysteries.

Becky
Becky

October 01, 2021

I love books. My favorites are murder mysteries.

Leslie
Leslie

October 01, 2021

There are so very many books that I love. The one I read the most though is my Bible. I am going to try this project with some faux leather for a Bible. :) Thank you!

Carol
Carol

October 01, 2021

Choosing is hard, but at the moment I’m leaning toward Anne of Green Gables.

sherri pasco
sherri pasco

October 01, 2021

I like to read mysteries

Angela
Angela

October 01, 2021

Ooooh, favorite is such a hard question.
I’ll go with The Lord of the Rings and Anne of Green Gables.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

October 01, 2021

I have a hard time with picking “favorites,” but I usually go with Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Jen Turano and Sarah Ladd are some other favorite authors of mine; but I can never turn down a good adventure series like Harry Potter or The Ranger’s Apprentice.

Melinda
Melinda

October 01, 2021

So many favorites! I love to read! After the Bible, I have read the Chronicles of Narnia the most times. I have also read some of Charles Dickens books multiple times, my favorite being Little Doritt.

designdreamer
designdreamer

October 01, 2021

Harry Potter, and Outlander.

Elizabeth Loeppky
Elizabeth Loeppky

October 01, 2021

I’m teaching my grand daughter to see using Cinamon’s book. The instructions are easy to follow and the projects are enjoyable to sew.

Connie M
Connie M

October 01, 2021

I’m such an avid reader that I have 2 books going at the same time. One is my audio for when I sew and the other is a bedtime book. I love Janet Evonovich and Michael Connelly.

Ann
Ann

October 01, 2021

Jane Eyre, Anne of Green Gables, The Little House books…so many favorites!

Gloria
Gloria

October 01, 2021

To pick a favorite book is really difficult. I love to read and have lots of books. Besides the Bible, I guess my favorite of all time would be the Anne of Green Gables Series. I discovered Anne as an adult when my niece brought the book to my house and left it. I immediately fell in love with that spunky little girl. The series on PBS starring Megan Follows is first rate also.

Carmelita
Carmelita

October 01, 2021

I love books! You can learn so much from them or get lost in a fantasy. My book collection looks like a small library. Plus I have over 600 on my kindle most of which I’ve read!

Sandy Selby
Sandy Selby

October 01, 2021

My favorite book is usually the one I am reading, but my all time favorite is A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux. I look forward to making some books for my grandaughter’s dolls.

Renee B
Renee B

October 01, 2021

My favorite books to read as a child in grade school was the Little House Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. My 3rd grade teacher introduced Little House in the Big Woods to our class by reading aloud to us once a week on Fridays. Our school didn’t have a library, which is amazing to me now, since school libraries are so important! After that I started to read my older sisters Nancy Drew Mystery books. My goal at the time was to read one book in one day as my older sister was able to do.

Diane
Diane

October 01, 2021

Everyone in Our house loves to read. Bedtime, when my children were young, included reading a chapter out loud from a book everyone agreed one. If the kids, couldn’t agree, then mom chose the book. Now, I continue the bedtime routine with my grandkids. My granddaughter cannot go to sleep unless we have read her favorite proms from AA Miline. I love when she (4) “reads” Sand between the toes to me.

Jeanne
Jeanne

October 01, 2021

Oh! Man! Favorite book? Ok, Lost Lake! It has family & fairies &… oh its just so magical & has stuck with me & makes me smile when ever I think about it! Like now!
I am REAL excited to make little books for my dolls & one will be titled Lost Lake! Thank you so much!!!

Candice Lacy
Candice Lacy

October 01, 2021

I love to read literally everything! My comfort books to read again and again are fantasy, especially Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter series, and anything by Tamora Pierce or Diana Gabaldon. My dolls need a full library too!

darlene
darlene

October 01, 2021

LOVE TO READ ALL KINDS OF BOOKS SO I CAN NOT SAY WHAT MY FAVORITE IS JUST ENJOY THEM AND ALSO LEARN FROM SOME OF THEM

BevM
BevM

October 01, 2021

I read about 10 books a month, now that I am retired. This includes audio book as as I sew!
My favorite adult writer is Diane Gabaldon. I loved all children’s books growing up. I taught English as well as FACS, and serve on my county library board.

Tarine Brown
Tarine Brown

October 01, 2021

My favorite book when I was a child was"Green eggs and Ham"

Charissa Deuser
Charissa Deuser

October 01, 2021

Reading is so much a part of my life! My personal library has reached and passed 4 thousand😳 The best book to read is the Bible. Many of the Founding Fathers read through it once every year. That is a wonderful practice.
Missionary biographies and autobiographies if you can find them are next on my list.
I usually have three books that I am reading at any given time but they must be from different genres or my brain gets them all muddled for example self-help, historical fiction, biography. Many of my favorites have already been mentioned. Wing Feather Saga, Swallows and Amazons, Honey Bunch series, Beverly Lewis books, The Bobbsey Twins was a series I used to read at my grandmother’s house that I have collected many, Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Laddie, soo many are on my favorite list!
My family and I were commenting on the fact that since I began homeschooling I have read aloud almost every day for almost 30 years! We have created a family culture around books.
Children’s picture books are also very high on my list of favorites. Books like Tops and Bottoms or The Empty Pot are a couple that pop into my head. These authors often find the best words and condense them to clear strong and concise phrasing. When a talented artist is chosen the books are jewels!
My now almost all adult children still love reading and have collected their own stash.

Feriba
Feriba

October 01, 2021

Anne of Green Gables is still my favorite !!!!

Laura
Laura

October 01, 2021

Anything by James Patterson

Elaine
Elaine

October 01, 2021

My favorite book is Where the Red Fern Grows that I read for the first time in fifth grade. I read it to my fifth grade classes many times!

Vicky
Vicky

October 01, 2021

I love books. I read my side of the mountain when I was in elementary school and remember loving it so much when I had children I read it to them as a bedtime story and they also enjoyed it. As I had a couple more children I read the book to them it’s very enjoyable.
Gail Beam
Gail Beam

October 01, 2021

I love to read historical mystery novels

Cheryl Goode
Cheryl Goode

October 01, 2021

So many!
(Childhood favorite) The little engine that could
(Teen favorite) Nancy Drew and Little House on the Prairie series
(Adult) author Jean Auel’s series starting with Clan of the Cave Bear

Diane R
Diane R

October 01, 2021

My favorite book is the first novel I read. The Flame and the Flower.

Linda
Linda

October 01, 2021

Enid Blyton books were an all time favourite and now enjoying reading them to my son.

Loretta Tejkl
Loretta Tejkl

October 01, 2021

The Book Thief at the moment.

Patti
Patti

September 30, 2021

Hard to pick one! Usually the last one I read! Historical fiction.And any books I read to my kids and now reading to the grandkids, especially when they know the next line before you say it because they want us to read them ‘one more time’.

Patti
Patti

September 30, 2021

Hard to pick one! Usually the last one I read! Historical fiction.And any books I read to my kids and now reading to the grandkids, especially when they know the next line before you say it because they want us to read them ‘one more time’.

dareKITTY
dareKITTY

September 30, 2021

1984 by George Orwell

Diana
Diana

September 30, 2021

All time favorite is “A Little Princess”

Theresa Pasquale
Theresa Pasquale

September 30, 2021

Hard to chose one favorite. I really like Anne of Green Gables and Little Women. I will definitly have to make some little books for my dolls!

Sandy
Sandy

September 30, 2021

My favorite leisure books are the “who done it – mystery- thrillers.” I’ve even taught my 2 1/2-year old granddaughter to love scary stories. Her favorite is the “The Big Bad Wolf.” Each time I read it (with great animation) she takes my hand and says, “Don’t worry Grandma! It’s only pretend!” Her 2nd favorite is the Gingerbread Boy.

Candy Johnson
Candy Johnson

September 30, 2021

current favorite is Dorothy Gilman’s Mrs. Pollifax series.

Florence
Florence

September 30, 2021

I love books and am not even picky about genres. I pretty much read and enjoy everything including scriptures, fact, biographies, and fiction books and magazines too! I can’t come up with a favorite but I enjoyed and learned a lot from How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi earlier this year. Thanks for the giveaway!

Mariann
Mariann

September 30, 2021

I absolutely adore children’s books… and there are far too many favorites to choose just one. I can’t wait to make my dollies a library collection

Vicki
Vicki

September 30, 2021

Favorite book is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I read it again every summer!

Laura
Laura

September 29, 2021

My favorite book was Little house on the Prarie. Thank you!

MARIA LUISA
MARIA LUISA

September 29, 2021

I love romantic novels and Little House on the Prairie…have read the books and seen all the series at least three times

kathy m.
kathy m.

September 29, 2021

I love read as child and adult now my favorite is queen of mysteries Agatha Christie

Sharon
Sharon

September 29, 2021

I like mystery and romance books. Historical books are great, too.

S.C.
S.C.

September 29, 2021

My favorite book is definitely the Bible! It gives me hope and teaches me how to live. After the Bible it has to be Uncle Tom’s Cabin— but the Chronicles of Narnia is my favorite book series. I also like lamplighter books and books by Isabelle Alden. I have so many favorites though!!!

S
S

September 29, 2021

Hmm, that’s hard. The books I’m going to read will probably be my favorites. :) Harry Potter, The Hobbit, Lord of The Rings, and Hunger Games. Thanks for the giveaway! I love doll books, they’re adorable!!

Linda
Linda

September 29, 2021

I love the Little House series even though I am a grownup

Dorothy
Dorothy

September 29, 2021

My favorite book is usually the one I’m currently reading – I love almost all of them!

Marie
Marie

September 29, 2021

I enjoy the mysteries of Elia Seely. Her first book set in Orkney, Scotland kept me up through the night.

Cristy Estep
Cristy Estep

September 29, 2021

I loved the Nancy Drew book series growing up! As an adult I love Debbie Macomber, Nora Robert’s and V.C. Andrew’s flowers in the attic series.

Abbie H
Abbie H

September 29, 2021

Definatly making this for my dolls. So cute! One of my favorite books is called Hush Hush. I also love any Sarah Dessen books.

Trudy
Trudy

September 29, 2021

I have too many “favorites” to narrow it down to just one. I read sci-fi, mystery, historical fiction, biographies, fantasy, suspense, etc. and, of course, the Bible

Lynne Thompson
Lynne Thompson

September 29, 2021

I love the Anne Of green gables Series. Love the unlimited imagination fo a girl her age and her motivation to master her challenges!

Betty A.
Betty A.

September 29, 2021

I learned to read before I went to school. I can not begin to pick a favorite as i have read and liked so many over the years. I still read 2 to 3 books each week.

Karen H
Karen H

September 29, 2021

I read fiction everyday so have many favorites. Lately I’m into solving mysteries as in the detective series by Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling.

Karen H.
Karen H.

September 29, 2021

I read fiction everyday so have many favorites. Lately I’m into solving mysteries as in the detective series by Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling.

Linda A C
Linda A C

September 29, 2021

I really love the Chronicles of Narnia.

Masry
Masry

September 29, 2021

What a great idea, I’ve been making junk journals, and this is just what my dolls would love. I’m going to have such fun putting some of these together.
Thank you, Mary

Laura
Laura

September 29, 2021

I loved Laura Ingalls Wilder and L. M Montgomery as a child and still do as an adult. I also love B. J. Hoff, Lynn Austin, Francine Rivers, and Lynn Morris. Basically any true or historical fiction
Thank you for this giveaway.

Tamara G Southworth
Tamara G Southworth

September 29, 2021

If I am reading for fun I love adventure books, preferably historic fiction or fantasy. If I need spiritual uplifting then I love to read scriptures.

Tanya T.
Tanya T.

September 29, 2021

Alice in Wonderland

Laurie
Laurie

September 29, 2021

Favorite book is Pride and Prejudice. Thanks!

Laura C
Laura C

September 29, 2021

All the Flavia de Luce books by Alan Bradley. Runner-up is any book by Alexander McCall Smith. Very glad you posted the mini book idea, especially since my granddaughter has several AG dolls and writes stories. Putting her stories in mini books would make the perfect gift! She’ll be so surprised and absolutely love it!

shirley
shirley

September 29, 2021

My favorite book is “The Secret Garden” I read it first as a child and have read it multiple times, plus, I have watched all the movies.

Cheryl R.
Cheryl R.

September 29, 2021

My favorite book is always the one in my hand that has me so absorbed it’s hard to put down, so my favorite is ever changing. My favorite genre however is paranormal suspense!

Cheryl R.
Cheryl R.

September 29, 2021

My favorite book is always the one in my hand that has me so absorbed it’s hard to put down, so my favorite is ever changing. My favorite genre however is paranormal suspense!

liv
liv

September 29, 2021

I like A Cry From Egypt

Linda Chretien
Linda Chretien

September 29, 2021

I loved Little Women, I read that book over and over

Connie
Connie

September 29, 2021

I have many favorite books and its hard to pick just one. I love historical fiction.

Madi
Madi

September 29, 2021

Thanks so much for this giveaway! I love this adorable tutorial. ❤️ My favorite book to read is hard to choose — I like a ton of historical fiction (like AG books), haha!

Janet
Janet

September 29, 2021

When I was younger I loved “A Little Princess” and read it several times. My interests are diverse. I currently enjoy Clive Cussler and of course the timeless Jane Austen novels.

Mary Hughes
Mary Hughes

September 29, 2021

Reading is like traveling to a new world. The first book I read by myself was a children’s dictionary, Nancy Drew was a wonder and I read many different genres, fiction to histrionical and all in between. I have made doll books before, but fabric covered is a new level. Cannot wait to try it.

Holly
Holly

September 29, 2021

Hands down, Susanna Keirsley! It’s a new year’s superstition that every Jan 1st I must start rereading her books, or my year just doesn’t go right! :)

Bev Hiler
Bev Hiler

September 29, 2021

I enjoy reading historical stories from Laura Ingalls Wilder out loud to children of all ages. A great experience for all.

MARIAN
MARIAN

September 29, 2021

I LOVE to read. My husband swears I will read anything. Not true… no horror or SciFi or non-Christian romance. I always have at least one book in process..

Darlene Pruitt
Darlene Pruitt

September 29, 2021

I grew up reading Nancy Drew mysteries. As an adult I read all of the original series. Now I love reading various mysteries with female characters. I seek out stories involving antiques, especially fabrics, quilts and notions. 2 of my favorite hobbies in one.

Heidi Brown
Heidi Brown

September 29, 2021

I love to read! I enjoy mysteries with characters I would like to meet.

Cathy
Cathy

September 29, 2021

I love Elizabeth George Mysteries.

Dejon Larson
Dejon Larson

September 29, 2021

My favorite book is my bible

Linda
Linda

September 29, 2021

I’ve always liked mysteries, especially by authors Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle, and Rex Stout. Today’s Cozy Mysteries are a great read too.

Suzie
Suzie

September 29, 2021

I have collections of poetry, I did use to read fiction and reference books equally but. same as an earlier poster. I do not generally reread fiction, Partial to Jane Austen though.

Ruth Ann
Ruth Ann

September 29, 2021

I couldn’t possibly pick one favorite! I like historical fiction, humor, cookbooks, even a thesaurus!

Linda D
Linda D

September 29, 2021

I have enjoyed all of Francine Rivers books.

Kate
Kate

September 28, 2021

Always love an good historical fiction novel sprinkled with lots of verifiable history…like Sacajawea

Gracia Marks
Gracia Marks

September 28, 2021

My addiction is mysteries; Agatha Christy type, rather unrealistic, but clever plots. How to books are another favorite. I am just curious as to how things work.

Joanne
Joanne

September 28, 2021

Any book by Francine Rivers is a good read! Next to the Bible, of course. Thanks so much for the give away!

Carol
Carol

September 28, 2021

I have loved to read all my life. In 5th grade the eye doctor told my mother that I should not be allowed more than one book a week including all school work. I like mysteries, both current and from historical periods, and read a lot of historical fiction.
Thank you for all the tutorial and the give away

Cathy
Cathy

September 28, 2021

I’ve been into historical fiction lately. Mysteries are always on my list also.

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