Book page pockets for Junk Journals | sewing and no sew version

Book page pockets for Junk Journals | sewing and no sew version

hello and G’day, today’s video is about
book page pockets it’s a basic need for your junk journals. I promise these are
easy to make I’m going to show you two styles, one using a sewing machine and
one without, so let’s get started
all righty we’ll make the sewn up one first. so we’ve got a I’ve got a few book
pages here, I’ve also got some of the discolored pages out of Edith Holden
books so I’ll show you two styles. These are made out of a hand bound book
so if you’ve got one of those Comb Binding Machines that punch the holes in like this, you
can just get a piece of pretty paper or anything you like and just punch these
holes in… and you know make up your own style pocket you don’t have to just use
pages that you’ve taken out of a book just create your own pages if you like.
all I’ve done is, I’ve got one of the pages. There’s my flat page and I’ve
folded in half now I’m going to fold it just a bit shorter to the trim because I
want to use that as a feature, now this one here I’ve left plain and I’ve used a
white straight stitch you can use a color straight. you you can use a color
straight stitch or you can use a zigzag now I’m going to distress ink this one now’s the time to hole punch it before we
close it all up. we’re gonna put a thumb hole in it, and you can make this thumb
hole as small as big as or as big as you like. I’m using a one and a quarter inch round,
and I’ll color that as well. We’ve got two pockets, we’ve got a top pocket and
we’ve got a side pocket. so that’s my thumb hole for the top pocket and you
can put a a round hole there or you can put an oval 1 3/4″ in this side one here,
because it’s a bit narrower I’m going to use… this time I’m going to use the oval.
so if I was to just say I’m going to stitch just below the the text there the
name of the plant or work out about where my halfway is which is roughly
there and I’ll punch a hole for my thumb to go right there. colour that as well now here if you could if you’re any good
at free handing you can just free hand here now I’m going to do this in a black
stitch so I’m just going to put a very very light pencil line across there so I
know where to stitch I’m also going to stitch up here as well so this is just
for you so you can see can I stitch across there and I’m going to stitch up
there and I’m also going to stitch across the bottom because I need to
close this up so that I’ve got two pockets so when I stitch there and there
that gives me my top pocket and when I stitch there because that’s already
stitched there I’ve got a side pocket that’s how easy that one is to make so
I’ll duct across to the sewing machine and I’ll be back in a minute now I’ll
show you a little tip what you can do with your threads if you want your
threads to be showy and because I’ve used this dark thread you might say well
I want my threads to be left on here you would pull them through to the front if
you want them to be cut off you would pull them through to the back
now instead of just getting them here and tying those two in a knot turn your
work over get this run at the back and see how that loop is forming there when
you pull that you just grab that loop and pull it through to the back and then
you can just tie that off and it becomes nice and neat and tidy and that stitch
at the front will lay very flat and you will not see where you tied it so tired
double knot and then that can be trimmed right off reasonably close to the knot
you see there it’s a very neat finish this one here and you do the same if you
wanted it at the front you just say if you wanted to leave your threads exposed
you would pull this one and pull that loop to the front like that tie your knot and then cut
your threads with a tail around about there so it turns into a decorative tail
for your stitches but I’m going to pull it back through that way grab that loop
pull that there lay my work down on the table it’s much easier time I first knot
and then tie a second knot cut that off pretty close to there grab a tag put that in the top pocket
another one there told you they were really really easy page pockets to make
you can put that in your book and you just put tuck that into a tuck spot so
there’s there it is in the lighter stitch and the darker stitch no
distressing and distress ink this method here pretty much the same
only we’re going to use our skinny tape I might use that one actually I’ll use
this one it’s already folded and it’s good to go so just fold it over or
distress in the sides again this one here I’m just gonna work out
where I’m going to put my line across here before I put my thumb hole there I think mark that I’m just going to square
this off here I’ve got my copic multiliner and I’m just going to put a
fake stitch I’m gonna start my stitch line here see that I’ve come away from
the edge I’ve put my first stitch line there I’m squaring my grill or up to the
edge I’m going to put another stitch line there and now I’m going to
virtually join the dots do lots of little hand-drawn stitch lines across my
pocket and that way you can you know you can control how many lines you put and
if you wanted to go up the page you would do the same one at the top one at
the bottom so you know they’re going to meet in the right place just hand you’re
in your stitch lines and just make them a little longer or shorter because it’s
hand drawn it doesn’t really matter whether they’re longer or shorter just
adds that you know handmade look stitch they’re stitch there and then join them
out you okay so that’s pretty much where we’re
going to put our tape as well so I’ve got a thinner tape it’s about an eighth
of an inch this one it’s a good tape this one because it’s strong and you’ll
be able to see where I place it so I’m going to place it here I’m gonna use my
stitch line that I can just barely see through the page and I’m putting it on
the shorter side of the pocket on the top side then I’m going to put it down
this stitch line because that’s going to close off my pocket and then I’ll put
another row of tape across the bottom and that will give me my side pocket so
now I’ve got that stitch line marked I can put my thumb hole in there oh but
using the oval when I find it so I’ll pop that in here you can measure or you
can just eyeball it and color that up and it’s looking good I’m right on track when I close this down I’m going to push
it in the middle then up the side then across the bottom so you know like it
looks okay to me right we got the same version and the nonce own version pocket
at the top and a pocket at the side now I’ll make one out of this foot page
just to show you the difference just using a smaller book page and one that
hasn’t got these holes punched in it originally but so I’ve just used a hole
punch that I’ve got myself I’ve just put this in here or folded it over so I knew
where I wanted these holes to be there are on a different angle
these ones running up and down these runs are running side to side and this
one here I’ve made this punch just decorative same would apply you just sew
down there and across there or sew all the way down and just make a basic
pocket whichever way you wanted to do it it would work so I’ll just make these
all up off-camera you don’t need to see me repeat the same steps on a different
style of paper and I’ll come back and show you how these ones turn out you so what I’ve done here is I’ve just
stitched at the bottom up the side you’ve got a long skinny pocket there
and I’ve stitched across the bottom there which gives me a tiny tiny little
skinny pocket at the bottom it’s fun I’ve done in the zig zag I’ve left a bit
of the thread there to show you what I was talking about earlier long skinny
pocket these are perfect to put in the tuck spots this one here is just a
scalloped edge with the fake stitches so you don’t have to have a sewing machine
to make these particular pockets work when you set them side-by-side and put
them in your book you wouldn’t even know that that was not really stitched maybe
my crooked drawing might be a bit of a giveaway but other than that you
wouldn’t know so these are definitely an easy pocket to make paper pockets
stitched or glued perfect to put into your journals you can hand fussy cut
some edges if you don’t have any punches use your book making punch to do this
method here fold them in half glue them or stitch them and pop them in
your book these are too white for you put some distress ink on them and get
them looking a little bit older it gets some nice coloring into that white paper
blended in because when you put something like that in it it’s just too
white doesn’t work I’m Donna thanks for watching and bye for now believe it
we can make

30 thoughts on “Book page pockets for Junk Journals | sewing and no sew version

  1. Love…love..Thank you Donna..Beautiful book pages too!!😘💗👌 the tip with sewing thread is great..tfs x💗👌

  2. Oh YES, this is just all around amazing…not only something lovely to look at, fun to make and give, but also gets our bookbinding machine out and it gets some other use besides binding. Just love the idea. I see it as an ever-giving gift when I found you on Youtube Donna…you are amazing and so is whatever you make. Thank you for being such a blessing to the journal community because what you make is not junk: and if it is it is some of the prettiest junk I have ever seen! Have a great rest of the week. : )

  3. I love this idea, Donna! And so easy to make😊. I actually bought a “stitches” stamp set so this would be a great way to use them if I don’t want to sew.

  4. What a difference adding a punched edge makes to the look of these. I never thought of using an oval punch for a thumb hole, but it makes perfect sense in a tighter area. So clever.

  5. Just discovered your channel. You are brilliant! I'm such a wonky sewer. I never thought to draw guidelines on the project. Will be doing that from now on! Such a sweet pocket. Francie from San Diego. 🌞

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