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Chinese Cookbook Garland Tutorial

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This project is a great way to turn the illustrated pages of a cool book into a fabulously unique decoration. Great for children’s books, field guides (“Shells of the Florida Keys”), and vintage travel guides.

Materials: cookbook or illustrated book, cord, sewing machine, thread, exact-o knife, cutting mat, quilting ruler.

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1. After deciding on which pages to use (I chose 10 pages for my garland), cut each page from spine with an exact-o knife, cutting as close to spine as possible.

2. Trim edges by laying pages on cutting mat and cutting with exact-o knife and ruler.

3. Determine where you want to sew cord to page and draw a stitching line in pencil on the top half of your page. (NOTE: the lower down the page that you stitch your cording, the more movement it will have, flipping around more.)

4. Thread sewing machine with thread that complements the cord/yarn. Use different thread color in bobbin, if you like. Using zigzag setting, set the stitch width to easily sew over the cord. (If you have a cording foot, use it!) Zigzag over the cording for 36″.

5. Feed the first page through and, with cord laid on stitching line, sew cord to page.

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6. After first page is sewn, zigzag over the bare cording for 2 or 3 inches and feed the next page through. Repeat for all pages. Zigzag over bare cord for 36″.

7. Neatly cut each end and tie in a knot to prevent unraveling.

8. Hang and enjoy! (I highly recommend using this fun project as an excuse for a theme party. After making this Chinese Cookbook Garland I promptly threw a Chinese Beer Sampling party (with take-out dim sum because I can’t read Chinese).

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