We make a beautiful and useful assistant in the kitchen - a culinary book "Autumn"

Today I want to show you how you can make an effective and very handy desktop cookbook with your own hands. In addition to its direct purpose of storing recipes, this book also performs a decorative function, since it will always occupy an honorable place on your kitchen countertop. 

For work we need the following materials:

- Binding cardboard (thickness 1.5-2 mm);

- paper for scrapbooking, office paper;

- watercolor paper with a density of 300 g / m2;

- drawing paper; 

- a cut of cotton cloth 50 by 50 cm; 

- sintepon (thickness 1cm);

- 6 eyelets;

- a pair of split rings;

- an elastic band with a width of 0.5 cm, a length of 20 cm;

- glue Moment Gel (Crystal), glue PVA;

- decorative elements for the cover and dividers.

Also we will use tools such as a sewing machine, a cutting machine (not necessarily), scissors, a ruler, a stationery knife (or cutter), a glue brush, a pencil, an eyelet installer, an iron.

Fall 2016

 We cut out from the binding cardboard our details for the basis of the book:

- 2 rectangles of 16.4 by 19 cm;

- 2 rectangles of 16.4 by 4.5 cm;

- 1 rectangle of 15.3 by 18.3 cm.

And also a square of office paper 16.4 by 16.4 cm.


Fold the cardboard parts (the 2 largest rectangles and 2 small ones) in this order, as in the photo and glue together with the harvested square of office paper. Use the glue Moment Gel. The distance between the parts is 4-5 mm.


Now let's glue the sintepon with our blanks. Cut out 3 fragments - one 15.3 by 18.3 cm and two 16.4 by 19 cm. We glue them on our main blank and on one remaining rectangle of cardboard in the same way as in the photo. Synthesis on the long workpiece is glued from the side where the paper is not glued. Medium small rectangles are left clean. Glue on Moment Gel or Crystal.

The extra "fluff" sticking out at the edges is cut off from the sintepon, so that later it does not interfere with the tension of the fabric.

culinary note

Cut out 2 pieces of fabric - 19 by 20.5 cm and 20.5 by 53 cm. 

The fabric is very well ironed and begins to wrap our blanks.

a notebook by one's own hands

Lubricate the PVA glue with medium cardboard rectangles and spread the glue on their surface with a thin even layer using a brush.

In doing so, do not forget to well miss the middle slot.


Fast apply the workpiece to the fabric, leaving on all four sides equal allowances.

autumn theme

Turn and start ironing until the glue dries completely. Lozhbinku also carefully ironed with an edge of the sole of the iron. The fabric should stick and there. I have an electric power of 2000 watts and I put the temperature at maximum.

notepad for recipes

We should get this way.

handmade notebook

We turn and begin to bend the fabric around the perimeter. First with the long sides. We glue with PVA glue, spread it with a brush, turn the fabric, at the same time evenly stretch it evenly and iron it until the glue dries.


kitchen interior

decor in the kitchen

After we have glued the long sides, we proceed to short ones.

First, we create neat flat corners.

To do this, we use scissors such cuts along the cardboard to the very edge (folding of the fabric).

After that, we make incisions at an angle of 45 degrees to the cut already made in this way.

We get here such cut corners.

We glue the resulting corner.

We turn it inward and iron it to glue.

We apply glue to the cardboard, we turn the fabric and bake with an iron.

We get neat corners and no less accurate future basis of our book.

By the same principle, we wrap the remaining small preform.

Now cut out a rectangle of 16 by 18 cm from the fabric.

We turn 1 cm so that a 16 by 16 cm square is obtained.

Paste with PVA and stitch. You can only stitch it and without glue, but I try to make both points for reliability.

Now let's apply glue (while we work only with PVA) the inside of our larger workpiece. Lubricate the entire area where the office paper is pasted.

We apply our tissue flap and traditionally bake with an iron. Again, iron until the glue dries completely. Since this place in our design will constantly tolerate the load due to the folding and unfolding of the book, I advise you to paste the edges (where the machine stitch is) with the help of the Moment and carefully press the clamps. This will provide us with the most dense and reliable bonding.

Here such a construction looms with us.

In the large workpiece it remains to cover the "bare" side. For this, we cut out from the paper for drawing 2 rectangles 16 by 18 cm. Glue them to the inside of the glue Moment. And we postpone our base to stick together, now it will only be needed to us at the very end when assembling.

We proceed to the most interesting part - the decor of the top cover of the book.

I will show and tell in a nutshell, as I did, but you can always do it your way. The main thing is to give vent to fantasy and have a suitable decor at hand :)

Stitch the cover on the typewriter at a distance of about 5 mm from the edge on three sides. This can and does not do, because the line does not carry any functional load, but only decorative. But I prefer it with the line.

We hide all the strings from the wrong side. We tie them to knots and fix with glue Moment.

Approximately expand the future composition. Since the cookbook we have for the autumn theme, then we select the decor in the appropriate shades.

We start to glue and sew. In the beginning, lace and textile elements.

Then the main substrate.

The central element in the composition is a frame with an inscription. The frame from the fiberboard is left almost in its original form, only slightly toned with brown ink. In the photo on the left as it was, but on the right as it became. We see that it turned out slightly darker.

The inscription is painted with acrylic paint and covered with a transparent powder for embossing. The latter can not be done, if you do not have one, leaving only the paint.

We collect the composition on the cover. All we glue exclusively on Moment Gel or Moment Crystal. Despite the lack of a sharp odor, this adhesive has many advantages. For example, it has a very high degree of strength, and it is also easily removed from the surface, if it suddenly flows out in the wrong place.

All that is possible is also stitched for reliability.

Now let's decorate the back cover. There we will have a functional tissue pocket for additional recipes. To do this, cut out a rectangle of paper for scrapbooking 15 by 18cm. We also need a 14-by-20-cm tissue cut, from which we will make a pocket.

From one of the long sides of the fabric rectangle we make a hem in 2 additions, sew on the machine, having retreated from the edge approximately 1cm, and insert the rubber band there. The rubber band is fixed with a machine stitch on both sides, while gently picking up the fabric.

We take the workpiece from scrap paper and form on it our pocket. First glued on two opposite sides. We make sure that the upper edges are on the same level. We use clamps for reliable gluing.

After you have glued the side, turn the bottom, carefully wrap the corners and just glue them, helping with the clamps.

It remains to paste the finished pocket to our cover. Lubricate evenly the glue Moment both surfaces, wait 30 seconds and tightly press against each other. In the instructions to the Moment, it is stated that the pressing force plays a decisive role in gluing, and not the time of gluing, as many believe. Therefore, do not forget to press the "sandwich" well, and fasten the edges with clips for a while. To clamps leave no traces on the paper, we put pieces of cardboard where it is necessary.

The next step is to prepare the contents of the cookbook. We cut the leaves from office paper 14.5 by 17.5 cm, the paper weight is not less than 80 g / m2. We decorate them with impressions of stamps on a culinary theme, but this is not necessary.

We proceed to the dividers in our cookbook. We will have 3 of them. If you want, you can make any quantity you need.

Cut out of a dense watercolor paper 3 rectangles 10 by 15.5 cm and 3 rectangles of scrap paper 10 by 14.5 cm. We glue them together with the Moment, leaving one side of the larger rectangle free 1 cm.

We cut out from this not pasted part here such labels. The size can be made any, I have a label length of 7 cm. We paste the names of sections on them, printed on paper. These labels will appear on the side of our cookbook and help us navigate where is the section.

We decorate the dividers to your taste. I printed out the appropriate pictures and added them with section titles.

We proceed to the final part of our process - the assembly of the book.

Since our design will be fixed with the help of rings, we need to punch holes for them. First make holes in the top cover. We measure from both edges of 3.5 cm and 1.3 cm from the top. These will be the centers of our holes.

We break through them with the help of a tool called Crop-a-Dile, which is popularly known as a crooked or installer of eyelets.

Install the eyelets with the same tool.

Apply the cover with the finished holes to the large workpiece. We stamp it the way it looks in the finished version. We plan future holes with a pencil through the already done. We do this on both sides. We punched holes and put eyelets.

Similarly, we make holes on the dividers and on the sheets, applying them to the cover. We punch them.

And we collect our book on rings.

Our desktop cookbook is ready, you can start recording recipes!

Thank you all for your attention!

I hope that my master class will be useful and not difficult for you.

And if you have any questions, I'll gladly answer :)

Sincerely, Olga Tikhonova.