Thursday, December 8, 2011

whatever holders

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I had an impulse to sew paper, and these museum brochures were happy to step up to the task! I cut the papers into 4"x5.5" pieces, folded them in half, zipped up the sides with embroidery floss, and now I have little holders for my bookmarks and magnets and holiday gift cards or whatever other flat things I might want to give away. They could work for journal pockets, too.

The paper was thick and hearty, at least 100 lb cover weight, so first they needed a hole helper. A mini punch did an adequate job, though it got in the way of itself, and I had a hard time seeing how to space and align the holes along the guidelines that I so neatly penciled across the sides. That is why the first few holders look like they were made by a drunkard. If I made them again I'd use an awl for better visibility, but the urge is now satisfied so I won't. The upshot of the wonky line is that my recipients will take one look at them and say "Yep! Definitely handmade."

14 comments:

Catherine Denton said...

What a fun and creative idea! I have some museum brochures that would look great as holders. Thanks.
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lee said...

what a great idea, i am going to have to give it a try

Lorinda said...

Brilliant!! Thanks for the great idea :-)

painted fish studio said...

love them! great idea!

soulbrush said...

your energy is boundless. What a nifty idea and a good way to recycle, lol - now what to do with it next?

Marcie said...

This is so clever and creative. What a wonderful idea!

Bella Sinclair said...

Oooh cool! And I guess if you wanted to look extra posh, you could hammer in teeny grommets.

Most of my crafts look like they've been made by a drunkard. :)

Cindy said...

they are cool and so environmentally-friendly. love the sewing. enjoy your weekend!

ella@lifeologia said...

So fun. I love them ;)

●• Thereza said...

aw you're so creative aimee! and catching up with your posts i see you're settling in just fine :) great to see. so happy for you

Andria said...

These are fun, and would make great holders for gift cards and such...I might try something like this, but sew up the sides by machine. Thanks for the great ideas!

Jane said...

Awesome project, Aimee! You never cease to amaze me with these wonderful ideas!

We Three 3 said...

these look great. I'll have to keep an eye out in my mailbox for nice papers coming thru.

AG Ambroult said...

how clever are YOU? they're awesome.