Nuno Free Holiday Mini Edition 2011
Merry Christmas from Elizabeth and Rachel! Our free holiday mini edition includes eco-friendly gift wrapping ideas, tips for "green gift-giving" and decorations incorporating recycled materials.
Fringed Paper Card How-to: #1: Print and cut out templates. #2: Cut one sheet of 8.5 x 11" card stock in half short-ways to create two pieces. Fold each piece in half to create two A2 sized cards. #3: Using the templates, trace and cut the card bases as illustrated. #4: Cut book pages into one inch strips. Fringe the edges of the strips. #5: Glue the fringed strips to the card bases using stick glue. #6: Add string bows or other decoration with tiny dots of white (PVA) glue. Trouser Gift Bags How-To: Cut each trouser leg into sections as shown. You may wish to cut the area marked “A” into several small bags rather than one medium sized one. A pair of adult sized trousers will yield 6 plus bags. Sewing “A” Bags: #1: Cut equal sized rectangles. #2: Zig-zag all edges to prevent raveling. #3: Pin pieces right sides together. Stitch along three sides as shown. #4: Sew a casing an appropriate width for the draw string or ribbon you are using. When sewing the casing you may save time by leaving the zigzagged edge exposed. #5: Turn and press. Rip a small opening in the side seam of the casing to allow you to string the drawstring/ribbon through. Thread the drawstring through and knot the ends together. Sewing “B” Bags: #1: Cut a section of trouser leg as shown in the cutting diagram. #2: Zig-zag all raw edges to prevent raveling. #3: Turn the section inside out and stitch across one end to form a bag. #4#5: Same as for “A” bag. Sewing “C” Bags: #1: Cut a section off the bottom of the trouser leg as shown in the cutting diagram. #2: Zig-zag the raw edge. #3: Turn the section inside out and sew a seam across the cut edge to form a bag. Use a ribbon tie to close the bag. The hem of the trouser leg creates a neat opening for the bag, so no casing is used. Reversible Furoshiki How-To: #1: Cut two equal sized squares from two different fabrics. Choose light to medium weight fabrics. #2: Pin the two squares right sides together and stitch around the edges, leaving an opening for turning. #3: Turn and press. Hand stitch the turning opening closed. “A Year of Lists” Notebook How-to: #1: Prepare the following types of pages (based on 3" x 5" dimensions): A pair of covers. Trim heavy card stock (cereal box card is an ideal weight) to size. We added a layer of handmade paper to our card stock covers. A set of vintage index card dividers. We added illustrations clipped from an outdated desk calendar for ours. You will be inserting the pages into the notebook with the blank side to the front. Labeling the tabs will be easier before assembling the notebook. Include a few unlabeled sections. Card stock pocket pages. Cut strips of medium weight cardstock 3" x 8.5" long. Score at the 5" mark. Fold over and secure one side with tape, gummed labels or a strip of paper adhered to the card stock with stick glue. When inserting the pocket pages into the book, be sure that the opening faces up. Fold-out pages. Cut strips of paper (we used a variety of scrap papers) into 3" x 8.5" strips. Score at the 5" mark. Fold over. When inserting the foldout pages into the book, be sure that the flap is facing up. Single pages. Cut pages to size. We used a variety of scrap papers, envelopes, wrapping papers etc. to make our pages. Using a variety of papers is a great way to use up small scraps and makes for a much more interesting notebook. Score each card stock page at the ½" mark (from the top). It is not necessary to score any papers copy/writing weight or lighter. #2: Arrange the pages in a stack as you wish them to be ordered in the notebook. #3: Use a small brush to apply a thin even layer of white (PVA) glue to the top ½" of each individual page, adding pages as you go. When you have assembled all the pages, use a large binder clamp to hold the pages securely in place while the glue dries (for thick notebooks it may take up to 24 hours for the glue to dry). When you have removed the binder clamp, brush the spine end with more glue. At this point, you can be done, or you may add a fabric or paper strip to cover the spine of the notebook.