Book crafts- Letter holder

IMG_6095Book Spine Letter Holder

(Before anyone gets upset about ruining books, this was made from a Reader’s Digest condensed book, by definition not a first edition, rejected by most book sales, unwanted and unloved.  ***Documentary voiceover*** “The  Librarians of the Northeastern region use every part of a book..”)

Supplies needed:
  • Book spine
  • Ribbon
  • Stapler
  • Sheets of felt
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • Strong glue- I used Elmer’s Extreme School Glue, Tacky glue would also work. ( Or a glue gun, if you are coordinated enough not to burn yourself every time you use one.)

If you haven’t removed the inside of the book yet, it is pretty straightforward, just use an Exacto Knife to slice it out .

Make a loop of ribbon.  This will be how your piece will be hung up on the wall.  Staple the 2 ends of the loop to the inside corner of the book.  Make a second loop and staple to the other corner.

IMG_2322Measure your felt against your book, and cut a piece that is the length and width of the inside of the book when it is laid flat.  Then cut two rectangles that are the width of the spine of the book and the length of one side.

Find the center of the long side of the large rectangle and sew the short side of the small rectangle to it.  Repeat on the other side.  IMG_2324Now is a slightly tricky part- if you try to put the pocket together now, it will look like the sides are too short!  Don’t worry, just line up the two tops, leaving a little pinch of fabric in the corner. Sew all seams, making the same pinch in each corner.

 

IMG_2325Turn the project inside out.  Then apply glue to the inside spine and press the felt pocket down onto the glue.  Apply glue to each side, and press the felt into place, making sure to cover up the staples on your ribbon loops.  IMG_2328Hold the felt in place with paper clips until the glue dries.

 

Now you have a nice receptacle for outgoing mail for your office or home!

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