Back to School: DIY Greeting Card Notebook Tutorial August 19 2014, 1 Comment

Can you believe it's already back-to-school time? Where did the summer go? When I was a kid, it should be no surprise that my favorite thing about starting a new school year was getting new notebooks, binders, paper pads, pens, markers and pencils! Today I have a DIY greeting card notebook tutorial for you in honor of back-to-school season. The covers of these notebooks are made from greeting cards! You can use a favorite Pennie Post card you have been saving, or recycle a special one that you have received. If you are a greeting card saver, you probably have a box full of possibilities.

For this DIY will need:

- greeting card

- lightweight printer paper (I used a both kraft and white)

- ruler (or you can eyeball it if you are brave)

- scissors or a paper cutter

- thread in the color of your choice

- sewing machine (if you don't have a sewing machine you can use a long arm stapler)

Once you have your card picked out, unfold it and measure. Cut 5-7 sheets of paper 1/4" smaller than the size of the unfolded card (Example: if your unfolded card measures 8.5"x5.5", cut your papers to 8.25"x5.25"). Fold the pieces of paper in half and insert it in to the card.


Place the card and papers face up and align it in your sewing machine. Pull the threads out a bit so there is at least a few inches of loose threads before the stitching. Sew down the spine of the card keeping as straight as possible. Once you get to the end, pull out a few more inches of thread and cut. You may want to practice on a test card and papers first so you can adjust the thread tension and stitch length to your liking.

Knot the ends of the threads a few times and cut.

You now have your very own homemade greeting card notebooks! Jot down poems, grocery lists, important numbers, or to-dos. If you don't have a sewing machine you can staple the pages in instead of sewing if your stapler is long enough.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. I'd love to see how your notebooks turned out. Feel free to post photos of your notebooks to the Elsie J/Pennie Post Facebook page or Instagram them and tag @penniepost.