Bingo Books – part 1


I’m so excited to be working on a set of new books (even if in-between everything else)! Since I will be working on these over the next several days, I plan to post pictures as they progress. First step: make the covers. I stumbled upon a stack of vintage Bingo cards at a consignment store and decided to pair them with some cute vintage illustrations from a children’s primer. Here’s a great tip that I learned (thanks for the suggestion, Ben!): instead of using the actual vintage primer pages, which are very brittle and crack when folded, I scanned in the pages and reprinted the designs onto thick card stock. I glued the newly-printed papers to the vintage bingo cards with a thin layer of glue and pressed them until dry. I then sewed along the spine for extra strength (and for looks!). Next step?… to tie off and trim the threads and select papers for the inside pages. I can’t wait!

8 Responses to “Bingo Books – part 1”

  1. Leah Virsik Says:

    I so enjoy when you update your blog Erin and I love this post. The sewing is great. Are you just using a regular sewing machine and a thick needle? Ben had a great idea of scanning the brittle pages. Another idea that came to mind for me is laminating the pages. I got that idea from all the great bags I see that are made of laminated newspaper and sewn together. Xyron makes a great product for this. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

  2. katelynjane Says:

    Ooo! Love this new design, the bingo cards are genius!!

  3. Dangerdom Says:

    Looking Good! Can’t wait to see more pics!

  4. Mary Says:

    Good idea! I’m attempting to make my first book. I’m also using the sewing machine. My machine is acting up today….I hope to find out what the problem is. I’ll keep checking back to see what you are doing on your books.

  5. erinzam Says:

    Thanks everyone, I really hope to find some time to work more on these! Thank you for the laminating tips, Leah. Wow, laminating has come a long way since I was in grade school! I did just use a regular sewing machine and a medium-size needle. It worked well, although I’m sure I dulled my needle enough that I ought to change it before sewing fabric again.

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