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Sew Your Own: the pop-up book

Reality always outstrips fiction. Whatever you make up, something more incredible always pops up in real life.
— David Walliams

By John-Paul Flintoff

As a keen book maker, I have become increasingly interested in how physical books are different from ebooks, and one of the best examples of that is the pop-up.

Handmade Sew Your Own fully open

Exponents of origami will share my enthusiasm for the pop up, which in the hands of a master can be astonishing.

So: having previously printed off and hand-stitched and hand-bound a number of copies of my book Sew Your Own, I decided to make a first pop-up version, inserting a stiff card page in the centre, and a roughly drawn image much like the one of me on the cover of the book’s first edition. The mechanics of the pop-up are very simple, but I hope to do more complex ones in future.

Here’s the book closing up again:
Handmade Sew Your Own fully open

Handmade Sew Your Own fully open

Note: the spine is made from a scrap of Italian printed cotton, the rest of the cover is a pink shopping bag.

Posted: May 4, 2012