Cardboard and crafting go hand in hand. It was what I was let loose on when I was little, and I built everything from a pencil holder to a fairy theatre (which I left at the bottom of the garden for the fairies to stage their own plays, watch films, and heckle fairy comedians). More recently, an Etsy team I belong to set the challenge to upcycle an old cardboard tube. This little notebook was the result.Things you’ll need:
- Cardboard tube
- Scraps of paper
- Lace or string to tie
- Sewing machine and thread
Flatten the cardboard tube and cut down one side. Shorten the tube so the notebook doesn’t turn out too long and thin. Cut a scrap of paper to fit it and glue to the inside (this is optional, but helps to make it a little sturdier – and looks nice!).Sew a border round the cardboard. Tie and cut loose threads. Cut a heart shape from scrap paper, and sew to the front of the notebook cover. Sew lace to both edges, on the inside of the cover. Tie and cut loose threads.Fold scraps of paper to fit the cardboard. Match the centre-fold with the centre-fold of the cover. Sew along this fold. Tie and cut the loose threads. And tadah – you have yourself a merry little notebook!Cardboard: unendingly useful!