If you're like me, you've got old used sheet protectors sitting around. They are either still in your books, looking all scratchy, or you've replace them with new ones but something in you does not want to throw them away. Here's something to DO with them!!

This technique involves machine sewing but you can do this by hand as well.

Here's what you need:

  • Scrap paper
  • Paper Punch or diecut machine
  • Old sheet protector
  • Bind It All
  • Sewing Machine or needle, thread, and paper piercer


1. Punch shapes from scrap paper. I used Prima's new Indeed and Paradise City Lines to create a mini book. I punched butterflies from the scraps. You'll want to use a double sided paper since the shapes will be visible from both sides. If your paper is not double sided, use a symmetrical shape (like butterflies) and glue two back to back to make a double sided shape.

2. Trim a sheet protector to size–mine is 7.5 x 5 to fit in a Zutter Cover-All but you can pretty much do any size page up to 12×12.

3. Lay a punched shape (butterfly in this case) in one corner. Sew a vertically line and one horizontal line across the whole sheet protector to box in this shape. This will start a gird for you to place the other butterflies in.

4. Continue filling the grid boxes and sewing vertical and horizontal lines to close off the boxes.

5. After you've filled the entire sheet protector, stitch around the edges to close it.

6. Punch with the Bind It All and use a as page in your newest mini book! This page is actually one of the pages in my “Delightful Daydream” Prima Endorsed Mini Book Class on September 13 at Collective Journey in Redlands, CA.

Happy Recycling!!

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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  1. very cool idea :D

    Posted on August 31, 2009 at 2:32 pm