The Pocket Book Scrapbook - Stitched Mini Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

A Concentrated Space – The Pocketbook Scrapbook

(This post is part of my Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the list of all the posts HERE!)

Another way to focus your crafting is by combining two crafts on one project! I’ve stitched on paper plenty of times, but for this project I wanted to combine sewing on fabric with my usual paper crafting, for a unique pocketbook scrapbook:

The Pocket Book Scrapbook - Stitched Mini Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

It also helps to have a concentrated space to work on – you can only fit a few pages into this book and barely any embellishment or it gets to bulky. So you have to choose your photos and decorations very carefully!

Here’s how to make your own pocketbook scrapbook:

Step 1: Cut a piece of greyboard (the cardboard that comes at the back of a paper pad) to measure 9 x 27 cm. Draw vertical lines at 9cm and 18cm and score along them, so your greyboard has three sections:

The Pocket Book Scrapbook - Stitched Mini Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Cut two pieces of craft felt to 11 x 29 cm – I used blue for the outside of the book and white for the inside. Also cut a length of ribbon to 45cm long:

The Pocket Book Scrapbook - Stitched Mini Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Pin the two sheets of felt together and sew a border around the two long edges and one short edge:

The Pocket Book Scrapbook - Stitched Mini Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Slide in the greyboard:

The Pocket Book Scrapbook - Stitched Mini Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Pin the ribbon so approx 2cm of it is in between the felt at the unstitched edge:

The Pocket Book Scrapbook - Stitched Mini Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Sew the edge closed, and seal the edge of the exposed end of the ribbon with PVA glue so it won’t fray:

The Pocket Book Scrapbook - Stitched Mini Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Cut three pieces of patterned paper to 8 x 16cm and score the center so they fold as square pages:

The Pocket Book Scrapbook - Stitched Mini Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Use a sharp tool like a paper piercer to make three holes down the centre of the pages and through the felt & greyboard cover:

The Pocket Book Scrapbook - Stitched Mini Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Hand-stitch the pages onto the covers using strong thread:

The Pocket Book Scrapbook - Stitched Mini Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 10: Print some small photos – I used the Picframe App on my iPhone to put two square photos onto a 3:2 ratio photo, and printed them at 4×6″ on my Canon Selphy:

The Pocket Book Scrapbook - Stitched Mini Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 11: Decorate your pages with the photos (I cut mine down to 7cm square), plus some stickers and journaling:

The Pocket Book Scrapbook - Stitched Mini Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 12: If you want you can sew a couple of buttons onto the cover for decoration too:

The Pocket Book Scrapbook - Stitched Mini Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

Stick it in your pocket or handbag, to show it off when someone asks what scrapbooking is!

Be Inspired:

Combine two crafts in one project, like a mini book with a fabric cover

Wrap a stripey ribbon around your next project

Use some square photos in a frame, on a layout, or something else

What photos would you fill your pocketbook scrapbook with?

I’ll see you again at 6pm!

Jennifer x

22 Comments
  • Linda Reilly
    Reply

    Love it ,OMG i’m gonna be so busy so many fantastic things to try xxx

    May 16, 2015 at 5:50 pm
  • Jackie Edwards
    Reply

    I just love your pocket book!!!!!!!!!!! Would make a nice pressie for a grandparent as a brag book!!!!!!!!!!

    May 16, 2015 at 5:51 pm
  • Frances
    Reply

    What a brilliant idea! Another great one Jennifer!

    May 16, 2015 at 6:58 pm
  • Sharon
    Reply

    You have the patience of a saint Jennifer – I hate sewing, can’t even sew a button on!

    May 16, 2015 at 8:42 pm
  • Sooo cute, thanks for the tutorial!

    May 16, 2015 at 8:48 pm
  • sarah
    Reply

    Great book – love the contrast of the felt with paper!!

    May 16, 2015 at 10:17 pm
  • very cute x

    May 16, 2015 at 10:27 pm
  • great idea to add the material cover looks really fun!

    May 16, 2015 at 10:43 pm
  • Totally in love with this!!!
    Its on the ‘to do list’ too!! Love the look of the felt! and bright happy pages you’ve used.
    Hmmmn, not sure what photos I’d put in mine yet…. got to get the feeling of it in my hands first, then
    the choice of photos will come 🙂 It would be a theme or event though 🙂

    May 17, 2015 at 1:02 am
  • WOW….you are giving so many ideas….I am going to be a busy girl!!!

    May 17, 2015 at 1:55 am
  • What a cute little scrapbook! I just printed photos for a small 4×6 album tag album that I made with friends on a spring break trip a couple of months ago. The photos are all from that trip – I printed them 3×4 & 2×2. Hoping to finish it up soon.

    May 17, 2015 at 3:58 am
  • Janet
    Reply

    I love this idea. My sister and I just went on a 2 week road trip. I will make her one as a gift.

    May 17, 2015 at 10:55 am
  • Dawn F.
    Reply

    LOVE!!! Will have to try this when school lets out.

    May 17, 2015 at 11:19 am
  • Very original! I’m not a sewer, but I reckon even I could [maybe!!] manage this:):) Now I just need a Canon Selphy, LOL!!!

    May 17, 2015 at 11:36 am
  • jengd
    Reply

    Stinkin’ cute! I’m not much of a mini-album user but I do love the look of them.

    May 17, 2015 at 5:03 pm
  • Dawn Cheshire
    Reply

    Love this idea, would make a great present idea for new parents or of an event.

    May 17, 2015 at 6:04 pm
  • Emily
    Reply

    I don’t sew, but seeing this project has made me want to give it a try. Really cute pocketbook scrapbook album!

    May 17, 2015 at 9:49 pm
  • This is lovely…the fabric cover really makes it look so special. I love sewing with felt because it’s so forgiving.

    May 18, 2015 at 4:36 pm
  • WOW this is right up my street, and this is perfect (you work so neatly too)… another project on my to do list

    May 18, 2015 at 10:45 pm
  • Totally love this little book!

    May 19, 2015 at 4:29 am
  • Seriously cute mini!

    May 21, 2015 at 5:20 pm
  • What a lovely project!!! Love the pics of your sweet kiddos!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

    May 22, 2015 at 1:52 am

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