Hand Stitched Journal How-To

Hand stitched journal how-to

My kids have been loving having their own personalized journals lately. I remember having collections of notebooks when I was a kid, full of my secrets and scribbles, and I’ve carried on my journaling to this day. I can’t always make it to the store to by them a new notebook, but words and scribbles feel even more important when they’re in a handmade journal anyway. Follow this tutorial and you’ll be stitching yours up in no time!

Hand stitched journal how-to

Here’s what you’ll need:

Paper – I used plain old printer paper along with some colorful tear outs from a vintage kids book to add some pizazz.
Pencil and ruler
Scissors, string, and a needle

You’ll also need something to make your holes for stitching (not pictured)

Hand stitched journal how-to

Start by measuring out where you want your holes. It doesn’t really matter how many, but you want them close enough so that the stitches will hold the paper together.

Hand stitched journal how-to

After you’ve marked your holes, you need to make them. I cheated and used my husband’s drill press. You can use a bookmaker’s awl or anything else that suits your fancy–just keep the pages together so they don’t shift around.

Hand stitched journal how-to

Cut a generous length of string and start your stitching by coming up through the center of the spine, leaving a three-inch tail for tying off at the end.

Hand stitched journal how-to

Take your needle around the edge of the spine and back down through the original hole.

Hand stitched journal how-to

Come back up through the center and make a straight stitch over to the hole left of the center.

Hand stitched journal how-to

Continue stitching from the back to front, catching the pages with your string. Once you’ve reached the bottom, you’ll come back up towards the middle making straight stitches in the spaces you went passed.

Hand stitched journal how-to

Continue your stitches across the center and up towards the top of the book.

Hand stitched journal how-to

Then return to the center and tie off.

Hand stitched journal how-to

Hand stitched journal how-to

Isn’t it pretty?

Perler Bead Earrings Tutorial.

Perler Bead Earrings

Last month’s perler bead project was such a hit, that I thought I’d keep the theme going with some perler bead earrings. I don’t wear earrings very often, but I’m super-excited to wear these!

Perler Bead Earrings

Other than your perler beads, pegboard, iron, and parchment paper, you’ll need to get some jewelry pliers and your earring hooks of choice.

Perler Bead Earrings

I picked out some silver plated fish hooks and 4- and 6mm jump rings to put my earrings together.

Perler Bead Earrings

The how-to is pretty simple. Layout your beads on your pegboard…

Perler Bead Earrings

Iron them down (place the parchment paper between the beads and the iron).

Perler Bead Earrings
Perler Bead Earrings
Perler Bead Earrings
Perler Bead Earrings

Then use your pliers (and a steady hand) to attach your jump rings and hook. Isn’t that pretty?

Perler Bead Earrings

I’ve already made some in a few different colors. I’ll be attending the SNAP! conference in Utah later this month–if you’re there just look for the girl with the perler earrings–I’d love to meet you!

Now what should I make with my perler beads next?

Perler Bead Bangles

Perler Bead Bangles

I’m sure many of you remember playing with perler beads as a kid (at least I know I do). I’ve fallen in love with them again after seeing so many awesome ideas floating around online lately. So I got inspired and picked up some supplies to make these fun perler bead bangles–I even made a Vine video at the craft store.

Perler Bead Bangles

To make your own bangles you’ll need some beads, a circular pegboard, parchment paper, an iron, and a bangle for sizing.

Perler Bead Bangles

Pick out your colors and set them in something so they won’t roll all over the place.

Perler Bead Bangles

Use your original bracelet as a guide for the perler beads, placing your beads outside to make sure it’ll fit.

Perler Bead Bangles

Perler Bead Bangles

Set your iron to medium and no steam, then place the parchment paper and iron over the beads until you can see them melting together.

Perler Bead Bangles

Perler Bead Bangles

I made a hexagonal bangle too, just to see how it would turn out.

Perler Bead Bangles

Flip the beads over onto the flat side of your pegboard and iron again to make your bangle stronger.

Perler Bead Bangles

And there you have it–perler bead bangles! You could make just about any shape you want, and having shaped pegboards on hand makes it easy.

Perler Bead Bangles

Perler Bead Bangles

My four-year-old loved modeling the bracelets for me. These make a great accesory for big and little girls alike, and they’d be a perfect DIY gift.

Perler Bead Bangles

What color would you make your bangles?
Fallen in love with any other perler bead crafts?
I’d love to see what you’re making!