Monday, September 2, 2013


Handi-book for giftcard presentation

There are lots of cute paper books that you can make, but here is one that is fast and easy to fold without needing a lot of knowledge about paper folding. This one uses clear or decorative tape to form the book and hook and loop dots to keep it closed. I got the inspiration for this folded paper book from Whimsey Square Quilts’ Tea Book directions for making a fabric envelope of pockets to hold tea. I thought the little book of four pockets would be perfect for gift-card presentation to include a card or two, a handwritten note or poem, and a small item that coordinates with the gift card, such as a teabag with a card from a tea shop, or a book of needles with a card from a fabric store. You can choose paper or decorate your paper to coordinate with the gift idea. Note: typing paper or butcher paper works better than wrapping paper which tends to be too flimsy.

Paper 11 x 17 inches
Clear or decorative tape to coordinate with paper
Stick on hook and loop dots for use with paper
Staples and staple gun

Cut paper 11 x 17 inches.

Place paper on surface with long edge of paper along surface edge and the right side of paper facing down. Secure top edge of paper with clear tape or decorative tape.
Measure 1-3/4 inches from top of long edge of paper, mark, and fold up bottom edge to meet the mark. Your paper now has the right-side showing on the bottom and the wrong side showing above the 1-3/4 inch mark.

Turn paper over.

Fold down at 1-3/4 inch mark.

Take that flap and fold it under, over the top of the other side of the paper.
Turn paper over with flap on outside of paper.

Fold paper in half, making it half as wide.

Measure 3-1/4 inches from center fold line on both sides of line, mark, and fold each side back along this line.

Accordian fold along fold lines to create a pocket inside two longer outside flaps.

Tape along top and bottom edges of central page.
Open out book and tape along “spine”.

Fold outside flap back, along edge of inside pocket on both front and back outside flaps.

Fold all four corners of outside flaps up along the diagonal.

Fold both flaps down.
Tape or staple the flaps down.
Add hook and loop dots to inside flaps to secure.

Fill pockets with giftcards OR teabags and sweeteners OR adhesive bandages, ointment packages, and handiwipes OR pins, needles, buttons and thread OR other mini-necessities.

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