Friday, April 5, 2019

Mini Accordion Book

Hello!! I always love when a big box of inspiration comes from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. It's always so fun to dig thru and see what really sparks an idea. In my most recent box, there were these fabulous Mini Trading Coasters (coming soon) and I instantly thought they would make the perfect covers for a small book of some sort. I have been wanting to try my hand at an accordion book so decided to dive right in. 

I got so caught up in making this project I forgot to take a bunch of pictures but I'll walk you thru my thought process. 

These Mini Trading Coasters come in a 3 pack and measure 2.5 x 2.5. The possibilities for these are endless. 

I wanted to keep my book simple with a focus on textures. The cover has a die-cut pattern layered with a torn bingo card. Using a craft pic I was easily able to poke holes thru the Mini Trading Coaster. I then stitched on a button and tied a length of seaming binding around the stitching to act as a closure. 

 I started out by making my accordion insert first. Once the accordion was made I adhered either end to the Coasters. In design, I usually strive for odd numbers but for this particular book 6 pages worked the best. 

Wanting a mixture of textures I did every other page out of fabric. 

I picked all my pieces for the main pages and stitched them together on my sewing machine. Once the main pages were sewn together I went back and added any hand stitching or embellishments. 

This page is actually a baby wipe left over from making rusty ink backgrounds. I accidentally burnt a hole in while drying the page next to it. But it only adds to the texture and interest.

Keeping it simple by letting the textures of varying papers do the talking. 

A handstitched photo printed on muslin. 

I loved this piece of a vintage time card with the original bit of adding machine tape still attached. 

I kept the back simple but love the natural patina of the paper. 

I hope this simple project brings a small spark of inspiration. These trading coasters also come in a larger size so I think I see another book in my future. As always thanks for spending a few minutes with me today. 
Happy Creating ~ Jennalee 

I am entering this project into the challenge over at Mini Album Makers. Be sure to check out all the inspiration!! 


  1. I love this so much! Everything about it shouts amazing.

  2. Oh my what a joy to see this Sunday Morning. Your accordion mini album is a super little creation. You've used everything close to my heart to create this little beauty. I love every stitch...I can imagine what a joyous day it was to receive that Gypsy Soul bundle. Thanks for joining and sharing over at Mini Album Makers. Tracey (DT)

  3. What a great idea with the coasters!! Love the vintage neutral feel and tones!

  4. Jennalee how clever you are! I'm totally in love with the lush texture and variety you've achieved with all the various materials. I was giggling at the 'accidentally burned a hole' part - too funny (and familiar). Thanks so much for sharing your treasure with us at Mini Album Makers!
    ~ Heather

  5. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this vintage looking accordion mini album! Your details are fabulous!