Are you ready for the second tutorial showing you how to make school supplies for historical dolls such as Felicity Merriman? A girl in the 18th century would not have had notebooks of lined paper to do all her writing on. She was provided with a copybook, which was a small bound book of paper. For our copybook, we are going to use some pretty paper Felicity would like, then we get to write in it ourselves!
To see the first tutorial in this series, The Inkwell, click HERE.
Step 1: Cut out your card stock and ivory paper. We decided we wanted our finished copybooks to be about 3 inches tall and 2 inches wide, so we cut our paper into pieces about 3.25 by 4 inches. It certainly doesn’t have to be exact. We cut three pieces of ivory paper and just one of our pretty outside paper.
Step 2: Stack up your papers and fold them down the middle. Open back up, and using that fold as a guide, sew down the middle of your papers. Use a heavier duty needle and a 2.7 stitch length, and backstitch at the beginning and the end.
Step 3: Close your book up again, and now use your scissors to trim it to size. We are doing this now instead of as a first step because the paper lays differently once it is sewn together. Trim the top, bottom, and side to your desired measurement, and cut in curved corners as you do.
Step 4: Now use your black marker to write in your copybook! Make sure to include some scratched out mistakes – girls in Felicity’s time couldn’t use erasers like we do now! A few ideas for things to write are a bible verse, a quote, or practice writing an invitation to tea. Felicity also doodled pictures of horses when she should have been practicing her penmanship!
And that’s it! This craft is easy and fun and a great way to make lots of little quick books for your dolls.
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