Time at (long) last for another bookmaking tutorial! This is another variation on the simple accordion fold books I've shared in the past, but it is an extra fun one because there are pockets involved and everything is better with pockets, no? The instructions for the back and forth folding to make the accordian are slightly abbreviated here, but if you find that you need additional pictures for clarity, this post is a bit more in depth.
What to Use:
- a sheet of paper that is longer than it is high (I used a sheet about five inches by seventeen inches)
- card stock or heavy weight paper for the book covers (optional)
- a glue stick
- bone folder, popsicle stick or other folding tool for making sharp creases
- something fun to put in the pockets of your book!
What to do:
Lay your sheet of paper out flat on a hard surface.
Fold the bottom edge of the paper upwards, making a sharp crease along the bottom of the fold. The portion of the paper that is folded upward will become your pockets so feel free to make it whatever size you want, but make sure it's deep enough to accommodate whatever you might want to put inside.
Fold the paper in half, using your folding tool to make a sharp crease at the fold.
Open the paper back up, and then fold each half in half again by bringing the ends to meet the crease made by the fold in the middle. The pocket is still along the bottom.
Continue folding each section of the paper in half again, alternating your folds towards the front and the back so that you have an accordion. Keep the pocket along the inside of the accordion.
It should look like this now. Pop a bit of tape on the the outside edge of the pocket on each end so that your pocket will be closed off.
Cut two pieces of card stock or heavy weight paper to the same size or slightly larger than your front and back book covers. Paste the card stock onto the front and back covers to make them a bit sturdier.
Put stuff in the pockets! We are using this most recent book as a place to store paper dolls (originally from The Small Object, download blank ones here) for taking with us when we go out. A good companion for the tiny colored pencils when combating waiting room or restaurant boredom.
I've also been using books like this with the kids at school a lot lately. We use the pockets for storing index cards with sight words, math facts, ideas for writing prompts... you name it, we're dropping it into a pocket. All sorts of good academic tidbits are being made more entertaining by the fact of exciting storage.