Friday, February 17, 2012
Stitching Pockets in a Book | Family Economics
I’ve been playing with old Reader’s Digest books a lot lately in various craft projects. I had my sewing machine out on the dining room table today and I thought it would be fun to try to sew inside a book and create pockets.
A book of pockets can be used for organizing collage items, stuffing secrets into or for something as practical as organizing monthly receipts for various purchases. Make several and you can have a library of books for keeping track of so many things. Surprise someone special with a pocket-sized book full of notes, photos and mementos.
Gather together three pages and feed them under the sewing machine foot, stitching the top section of the pocket. You won’t be able to feed the pages all the way to the inside crease due to the bulk of the book, but go as far as you can and stop, remove book and clip threads. You can sew your pocket top edge straight, at an angle, low or high.
Trim away the area of the sewn pages just above the stitching.
Gather three more pages behind the pocket section and stitch beginning at the top of the pocket edge down to the bottom right corner, pivot and continue stitching as far into the center of the book as possible. Remove book and trim threads and your pocket is complete.
Using a craft knife, remove several pages behind the sewn pocket pages before repeating to create another pocket. This will keep your book from being too bulky when pockets are filled.
For a receipt book, label each pocket with the month of the year.
What would you keep in book page pockets?