Folding Books…

If you’re looking for unique home decor for yourself, or a special gift {and you have some time to pass} folding up the pages of an old book is the way to go!… especially if you’re a book lover or are gifting to a book lover!… so try your hand at folding books!

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Let’s get right into it… folding a book can take an hour or it can take you a couple hours depending on how many pages and intricate the design! To get started with folding books you need the following:

Books – hardcover books stand up easily on their own so try to get your hands a pile of fat hardcovers. I picked up a pile at a salvage yard for fifty cents a book! Score!… I even found a great Singer uphosltery how to book when I went out hunting for these books for folding!  Double score!



Knife – use a fresh blade

Folding tool – I utilized a bone folder to make my folds crisp… this isn’t necessary as you can just press the pages with your fingers but I had the bone folder on hand from my book binding and box making days 🙂

Pattern – yes book folding via pattern… there are tutorials online on how to get into making your own patterns but if you just want to get right to work folding there are a great variety of patterns that you can purchase online through outlets like etsy!  The Heart and K pattern seen here were purchased from Pomp & Whimsy – check her out for your folding patterns!

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Using the ruler measure a minimum of two inches out from the spine of the book and mark a line across the top and bottom of the books pages…

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…like so…

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Using the knife put a slice in the top and bottom of the book pages… this will create registration marks for folding that will make the process move along more quickly.

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Checkout the little nick in the top and bottom of the pages…

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Now get your pattern sheet printed and fold the top line – this is the pattern registration that will keep everything lined up, where you need it without even thinking about it, while you are folding away…

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DIY Marta’s patterns are really great and make folding books a breeze – they’ve all been noted with the pages required to make the pattern and they can also be folded with just half of the page numbers noted on the patterns!… you just have to make sure your book has that many pages or more!.. easy peasy! If you want to only use half the number of pages as noted on the pattern then you work with ONLY the black OR the white lines of the pattern as opposed to black then white then black then white… so the pattern that is made for 400 pages can be folded in 200 pages… depending on your time and the amount of detail you want to achieve you have some say in how long it will take you to fold!

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To get started slide your pattern under the first page that you are going to fold to the first line of the pattern. Use the folded top of the pattern to line the pattern up on the book – press the top fold down to the top of the pages… that’s you’re easy pattern registration that will keep everything lined up and square…. Now… using the ruler line up the top of the first line of the pattern and the top nick in the top of the pages… then fold the page back along that line…

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Here is where I like to use my bone folder to make a nice sharp fold… and then I use it to press the fold flat when I take away the ruler…

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Once the top fold is made, on the same page, take the ruler and line up the bottom page registration nick to the bottom of the first line of the pattern and fold the page up…

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Now you see on my pattern there are two levels in the one line from top to bottom on the pattern… we will only fold one of these levels in the line from top to bottom… then move onto folding the next page and fold the level above or below the one we’d just folded in the next line of the pattern… as you fold a page mark the line of the pattern, or lines if there are multiple levels within the current line of the pattern…

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Move through the book pages moving up and down the levels and crossing off each line as you go if there are multiple levels per line of patter…

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I found that as I move down through the book the paper that hangs down the top of the book, because of registration fold on the pattern, will start to bing up in the work surface… If you experience this, and it is hard to keep your pattern registered, trim the length of the paper above the pattern fold fold… this will make keeping the pattern in place easier.

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…aslo as you move through the pattern, if it is wider than the book pages, it will start to bring up in the inside of the book… feel free to cut away excess pattern that you’ve already folded…

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…then… fold, fold, fold your way through the book… this is good Netflix marathon time!…

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And when you get through your pattern stand that bad boy up and admire your handy folding work!…

With the “K” I chose to leave pages before and after the letter and worked the pattern as I liked the overall look… The folded K took about 1.5-2 hours of folding time…

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…folding this book that says HOME took about 3.5 hours of time, and the heart below as it was the third book I’d folded came together quicker at about 1 hour of time… like anything, when you practice you will find little tricks that work for you to do it cleaner and more efficiently than the previous!…

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Now how many of these will you be making for upcoming gifts!?…  Be sure to checkout DIY Marta on Esty as Pomp & Whimsy to get your patterns and get to work!…

To checkout the tv segment of me showing this DIY check it out on YouTube here:

When you’re don’t with your book folding please come on over to the Feathering My Nest Facebook Page and share some photos of your books with everyone… Hey!… even if you have some action shots come and share those too – this could be a great girls girls night with wine and snackies!… everyone over at the FMN Facebook Page would love to see what you’ve made!… AND if you want to get these blog posts sent right to your email inbox, as soon as I hit publish, pop your email address in the box on the right side of this page up top there and then hit submit!



13 Responses to Folding Books…

  1. Korri Cole says:

    Thanks for the blog Lacey, always wondered how this was done, can hardly wait to try it. You rock.

    • Lacey Haskell says:

      Awesome! I’m glad it was helpful! When you get your books folded please come and share some photos over on the Feathering My Nest Facebook page! I would love to see your finished books! 🙂

  2. So cool! We have tons of books that we plan on donating, but maybe we should pick a few to make into these.

    • Lacey Haskell says:

      Its really great to pass some time and the result is a unique piece of home decor! 🙂 Good luck! 🙂

  3. AI mee Caraballo says:

    Thanks Lacey, I can hardly wait to start one.

    • Lacey Haskell says:

      Awesome! Please be sure to come over to the Facebook Page to share some photos! 🙂

  4. Snehal says:

    Wow! This is amazing! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Tracy says:

    I’m a little confused about the top of the “K”. Are you saying that every other page is the top of the “K” lines? I understood the bottom completely but you’re only showing the bottom of the “K” work in your photos. I love this art/craft idea!

    • Lacey Haskell says:

      You got it every other page is the top – fold one page for the bottom, then move over a line and fold the next page as the top of the k! 🙂

  6. J L. Kelly says:

    Saw this art for the first time about a year ago at some kind of bazaar or art show that my sweetheart ant I attended on the Oregon coast. I am an art craftaholic as in lapidary, wire wrapping, silversmithing, sewing, cooking (and the list goes on). I have looked and looked for someone who could teach but to no avail. Now I am really excited. Oh buy the way, my wife will love this as well. Yes ladies, I am a man in your world and loving every minute. Looking forward to learning and sharing.

    • Lacey Haskell says:

      hahah! You’re hilarious! I love it! I can’t wait to see what you fold up! 🙂

  7. Ruheena says:

    Wonderful! I haven’t the patience to do this and don’t think I’ll be able to do this even if I try. Thumbs up to you.

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