2016 Resolution: More DIY!

Our resolution for 2016 is to slow down and enjoy more of the process – time with our hands, time with friends, time for creating and playing. Not the type of creating we do every day at work, but a little more hands on, experimental. We’ve decided to share our favorite DIY projects with you here on the blog so you can enjoy some more experimental time as well! Our first project below utilizes one of our most favorite materials – felt – and results in a practical item you can never have enough of – a journal!
Reusable Felt Notebook

A. MaterialsMaterials: Thick felt, 10+ sheets of paper (8.5×11), elastic cord (1 yard), scissors, awl, ruler or template

B. Cut Felt LineStep 1: Cut felt to size of paper. Leave some room around the edges, around 1/4 inch. We used a 12x12in piece that was cut down to around 9x12in.
C. Measure MarksStep 2: Use template and awl to make 5 holes down the center of the felt. (Or measure approx.)
setpbystepStep 3: Follow steps for lacing elastic cord through holes
I. Step 6Step 4: Fold paper in half and insert into the cover as shown
Step 5: Tighten elastic and knot on the outside of cover, securing the paper
K. FinalStep 6: Close book, bring elastic ends to the right side and knot the ends together

Products: Small Monthly Planner, Hazelmade Little Notes, Field Notes, and Lettermate

Optional: Sew on a pocket. Add different types of paper. Make and add a paper folder. Make in different sizes (see Field Note). Use different materials for the cover (leather, vinyl, etc). Refill, reuse, refill, reuse…


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