How to Make Folded Books - by Heather Hajek Eddy

Hello friends - years ago I created a tutorial on how to make your own folded books and sold it in my (now defunct) Etsy shop. It was a blessing in my family's and my life for several years as it kept us afloat financially during some pretty lean years.

At the end of 2016, I stopped selling on Etsy for several reasons, but mostly because selling things gave me HUGE anxiety. So, I closed up that part of my life & thought everyone was finding other cool ways to fold books online & wouldn't care about my little booklet.

I have been pleasantly surprised to find many people are still interested and emails pop up in my box every so often asking if I'll ever sell it again. (Apparently, once you're on Etsy, you are FOREVER on Etsy and people can find you forever, too.)

In the spirit of paying it forward to the world, I'm making the tutorial FREELY available here on my blog. Scroll below to see the tutorial in its entirety, all for free. Eventually I'll upload all of them and maybe even be able to figure out a way to make them downloadable.


How to Make Folded Books

(hope you enjoyed!)


Cheryl C said…
I have been looking for something like this and you have exceeded my expectations. You are such a generous and wonderful person to share your many talents. The instructions are clear and detailed - a very big thank you.
Unknown said…
Thank you so much for such clear and understandable instructions. This has been a HUGE help and I wanted to thank you for sharing your talent and knowledge.
Ruth James said…
HELLO!!!!! I have an important question. Can folds be done on ultra thin pages like old bibles? I am trying to upcycle/repurpose old bibles from church into an artsy piece that might interest our congregants. Thank you
Ruth James
Charmaine said…
Hi Heather,
Thank you for this tutorial! It has cleared up many question for me.
I do have one question. What is the distance between the folding points on your patterns, 1/4'?, 1/8'?, 1/2'? 1'?
Ex: A Capella. Distance between 1&2, between 2&3, between 3&4, etc.
Thank you again for you gift to we bookfolders.
Heather Eddy said…
Charmaine, for A Capella, use the template on page 20. You can adjust the size when you print it to match your book. I made the template using fibonacci progression: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, etc. Make the distance between measurements anything you like! I usually use either 1 mm or 1/16th in. increments!
Pamela Haskin said…
I found your link at All Things Paper. So glad I did. Your detailed directions are GREAT! Thanks.
Librarian said…
Thank you, thank you, thank you for this tutorial and these patterns! It is making my wish come true! My library is updating the decor and I wanted folded books to be part of it. I couldn't find any for sale like I wanted for a price we could afford and I was for sure not talented enough to make them myself! Then I found this! Totally awesome! Two down and counting!
Heather Eddy said…
I'm so glad you all are enjoying the tutorial! It's wonderful to have kind comments like these to wake up to!
Unknown said…
I have just been introduced to book folding { from the internet]. I wonder when I'll be able to follow your wonderful directions. I am starting with a tree or angel and see what comes next. I was so excited to find your tutorial . Looking forward to learning the basics. I will send a comment on my progress. Happy New Year!
Corinna said…
I love your tutorials!! thank you very much. Now i can try to make things more sophisticated than angels, Xmas trees, flower vases and hedgehogs.

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