Trousers Book

perfect bindings trousers book

Here are instructions to make a tiny book, which can be used as a mini sketchbook or filled with stories, poems, jokes, or anything you like.  It’s very simple and quick to make, and suitable for all ages.  Children could make a picture book to share with a younger sibling, or make a hobby book filled with facts and illustrations. The possibilities are endless! 

perfect bindings trousers book materials

You will need:

A sheet of A4 paper for the pages

A sheet of A4 paper, cut in half lengthways, for the cover

Scissors

perfect bindings trousers book step 1

Fold the A4 paper in half widthways, and open it out, then fold it in half lengthways and open it out.

perfect bindings trousers book paper

Fold one of the short sides in to the centre crease and fold out again.  Repeat with the other short side, and you’ve divided the page into eight sections.

  perfect bindings trousers book legs

Cut along the middle crease from one of the shorter edges along 3 sections.  There are the trouser legs!

perfect bindings trousers book concertina

 Now fold each trouser leg into a concertina.

perfect bindings trousers book pages

Fold the top concertina trouser leg behind the bottom one.  You have finished the pages of your book. 

perfect bindings trousers book pages standing

You can stand it up like this.

perfect bindings trousers book cover

Take the paper for the cover, and start to fold it in half widthways, but stop about 1cm from the edge when you make the fold.

perfect bindings trousers book cover standing

Do the same from the other side.  This makes the spine part of the cover.

perfect bindings trousers book cover flaps

Fold each side towards the centre, stopping about 1cm from the spine fold each time.

perfect bindings trousers book finished cover

You have made 2 flaps on the inside of the cover.

perfect bindings trousers book joining pages to cover

Now the pages of your trousers book will briefly turn into a bird and fly into the cover, its wings (the first and last pages) tucking themselves under each flap.

perfect bindings finished trousers book

perfect bindings finished trousers book with scissors

Your trousers book is ready to use.  What will you fill it with?


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