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The blogging world has a brand new blog:

Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog

and I get to be part of this exciting team.


If you're into mini books, this is the blog to follow!


all instructional


all sharing


all free

with prizes each month from your favorite manufacturers.

Our sponsor this month:

Seth Apter

Since this is my first blog post for the

Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog

I thought I would share the very first mini-book stitch I ever learned.

It's called a pamphlet stitch.

Want to learn how to add a pamphlet stitch to the portfolio above?


I began with a ready made portfolio similar to this one:


I like to add pages to the folios.

To do so, I use:

Ruler & Pencil

Craft Pick or Awl

Wax Linen Thread

Large Eyed Needle

Bulldog Clips

  •  Choose the paper/papers you want to add to what will become the spine of the portfolio. I chose to use some craft heavy wrapping paper I had on hand. You can also use file folders as your inserts.
  • Cut the paper so that you have the height you want and the width can be folded in half. You will be stitching on the fold line. The height and width of each paper can be different as long as it can be folded. In some portfolios I've added folded tags, scrapbook papers, envelopes etc.
  • Cut a piece of cardstock that is 2" wide and the same height as your papers. This will become your stitching pattern. Fold the cardstock in half - measuring 1" wide X the height of your paper.
  • Using a pencil and ruler, find the center of the cardstock and make a pencil mark. Next make a pencil mark in even increments up and down that center fold line. This folio is quite tall so I used many pencil marks. You can use as many as you like but no fewer than 3 marks.
  • Take the portfolio and fold on the score marks as shown in the photo below. Do this on both the right and left side of the folio. Mba
  • Using bulldog clips, carefully match the center/folded line of your stitching pattern to the center folds of your pages. Make sure the folded lines of your papers are lined up one on top of the other with your pattern on top of that.  The bulldog clips are used to keep everything lined up so that nothing shifts.
  • Attach the bulldog clips to the center line on the portfolio, matching folded lines of the papers to the folded lines of the folio.
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  • Use an awl or craft pick and insert the sharp end into the pencil marks through the pattern the papers and the center line of the folio. You are creating a stitching pattern on all.
  •  Once the holes are made, take away the stitching pattern but keep the bulldog clips in place so as not to have the papers move from the center line of the folio.
  • Take a piece of waxed linen thread that's approximately 2.5 times the height of the book. Thread a needle without tying a knot. Do not double the waxed linen thread.
  • Mb2
  • Begin at the center hole and in the center page. Take the needle and thread and poke it from the inside center hole all the way through to the outside of the portfolio's center hole. Leave a tail of about 2" to 3". You will use this to tie later.
  • Using an in-and-out type of stitch, follow up along the holes, one to another, in and out of the stitching holes.
  • Mb3
  • Once you get to the top hole, continue the same stitch all the way to the bottom of the pattern. Then back up again to the middle. You will end your stitching on the inside center page, at the same hole you started with.
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  • Make sure all the stitching lines are taut and once you have, tie a knot at the center. Cut off any leftover thread, leaving about a 1/2" of the thread.


Your stitched pages are now secure in the portfolio

and you're ready to decorate.

Meet my team mates and see what they're creating:

Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog

and see what

Seth is giving away!





Learned that from you...taught many others the it. Going to visit the blog.

Anne R

I am so thrilled to be working alongside you on this wonderful new team Nancy and thank you for sharing such a detailed tutorial, it is excellent! Anne x


What a great idea and beautiful, yet simple enough to understand. I have two of these folios and have never altered them because I thought it was odd that they were empty inside. I totally love the idea of adding a signature or two! Your altered cover is just gorgeous, Nancy! I'm so thrilled to have you on the team and look forward to much more sharing and inspiration. Big hugs, Autumn

Astrid Maclean

Nancy first of all tanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog the feeling is entirely mutual!! I m super excited to be on a team with you this is going to be a wonderful journey!! Your tutorial here is brilliant and so clear and I adore the cover!!!

Sara Emily Barker

Nancy, I'm so excited to meet you, and am delighted you shared your tutorial with us! I am already inspired to make my first ever mini album after visiting your blog! Congratulations on joining this wonderful new team! Hugs! Sara Emily (one of Autumn's many friends)


Very excited to be on the team with you and looking forward to seeing more of your incredible work.

Gloria Stengel

This is awesome, Nancy! I have a good friend that makes tons of books with a stitched binding, but I have never tried it! Maybe now I will give it a go! I am happy to be working with you again!


This is gorgeous and a wonderful tutorial as well. Thank you for the lovely comment on my blog Nancy!
Happy Sunday!

Julia Aston

A beautiful fishing themed cover on your folder - thanks for sharing how to add pages inside!

Margaret Mifsud

Hi Nancy!! Wow!! What a gorgeous album cover and a fab tutorial on the pamphlet stitch too .. so clear and concise. Thank you for the lovely comment you left on my blog and congratulations on joining this amazing team . Have subscribed to your blog and am looking forward to seeing many more wonderful projects. hugs xx


How gorgeous!!! Great details, colours !
Wonderful tutorial!!!

Janie Rinta

So beautiful!!! Nice warm colors and a lot of dimension.....I love it :) Hugs...Janie

Deb Riddell ~ Paxton Valley Folk Art

Great tutorial and what a fabulous new challenge blog, can't wait to see all of the amazing albums this very talented DT shares and to join in the fun! Deb xo

Nora Tabeira in Paolini

Awsome idea! Love your creation so much!

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