I like the pages of old books, and enjoy working with them a lot, but what I really LOVE is the hardcovers! So today we are advancing the Old Book Crafts into making an Accordion Organizer 😀 How clever is that? Use your Accordion Organizer for coupons, to sort your graphic printouts/leftovers, for patterns or templates. I used mine for easy access to ready made tags, and for my stationery. If you can find large books (like encyclopedias), you can even make these for A4 sized papers 🙂
- Divide your book into 11 sections.. This will give 10 pockets when done. I used post-it-notes to mark where I wanted my dividers (paper clips would work too)
- Each post-it-note covers 2 adjacent pages. If your pages are thin, you might want it to cover 3 pages.
- Cut out all pages between each divider
- Sew (or glue) the divider pages together
- Trim 12 of the pages you have cut out to the same width.
- Accordion fold each page into 8 equal sections
- Glue 3 and 3 pages together into long accordion folded strips
- Start at the back of the book and align the first strip with the side of the page
- Glue it down to the back of the divider with your glue gun
- Repeat for the second strip
- Also glue both strips to the front of the divider (one at the time)
- Insert one accordion fold to create the “pocket”, then glue the next one
- Repeat on the other side
- Repeat steps 9-13 until you have created all the pockets, keep aligning your accordion to the dividers for a neat finish
- I also recommend closing the book between glueing each pocket to make sure it is not twisting.
- Use mod podge (or other craft glue) to attach the first divider to the front book cover inside
- Repeat for the last divider onto the back cover inside.
- Gesso the outside cover of your book (or use white acrylic paint for a base coat)
- Decorate your organizer to your liking (I decoupaged printed book pages on one of my organizers, and a cute rose napkin on the other)
- Eyeball where you want the button/bead/brad on the front cover and pierce the whole with a hole punch
- Align another hole on the back cover accordingly
- Sew your button/bead or attatch the brad through front cover
- Attach rubber band or ribbon through back cover (I like using hair ruber bands, they are cuter than regular rubber bands, and more durable)
- Fill with content and TA-DAH: Vintage Accordion Organizer 😀
Here is a few pictures of the process: Creating the sections (totally eyeballed, no exact calculations) One post-it note covers 2 pages Pages between two post-it notes were removed with scissors, I deliberately did not cut too close to the spine, don’t want the book falling apart on us! All the pages removed, only the dividers left I sewed my dividers together, you can glue them if you prefer, or maybe even single pages will work as dividers… I kind of like the thicker feel when two pages are combined… Again I used the trick of red thread on top and white underneath, to get two colored seams. I chose a wide zig zag stitch, with about medium density, for a nice even pattern. Some of the embroidery stitches would also be kewl for this, experiment and see what you like on a couple of loose pages first. No need to sew all the way to the spine. I started out fastening the stitches, but later realized they would be covered in glue, thus secured. 3 pages accordion folded and next 3 pages ready to go The accordion folded pages were hot glued to the back of the last divider. I recommend starting from the back, it makes it easier to align both the dividers and the cover. Since it is an old book, it is no longer perfectly “flat”, all my old books tend to “lean to the back” if you understand, and starting from the back will counteract that lean, rather than enhance it 😛 The last divider closed towards the back cover, I used a big clip to hold the other divider pages out of my way, and only unfastened one at the time, as I was progressing through the dividers. The accordion pages where also hot glued to the front of the divider Then add one extra accordion to create the pocket, and glue to the back of the next divider. Since I was using hot glue, I only glued one side at the time, alternating. If applying hot glue to both, I could end up twisting my work too much… but that is me, you might master the hot glue better! 🙂 All the pockets are done. 10 pockets is a good count for being able to leave the organizer fully open. You can of course make more pockets if your book is thick. With less than 10 pockets, the book can not be opened 180 degrees, and chances are the accordions might tear. I used mod podge to attach the last divider to the back cover, and lastly the first divider to the front cover. This order also helps ensuring the book is not twisting/leaning to the back. Back covers of my new Accordion Organizers 🙂 Aren’t they pretty? Once you have made one, you will find that the speed picks up remarkably on making the next one, and these can be made in about 1 hour, (not counting the time for the craft glue and gesso/paint to dry ).
I found the gorgeous cherubs with roses and instruments, that I used for one of the covers on Home Of Our Fathers, please visit if you (like me) adore angels and cherubs, she has many more available 😀
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