Simple and Quick Book Strap Craft

This year's National Library Week is April 8-14, so that means it's time to head out to your local library and pick up not only some of your family's favorite stories, but a craft book or two! You can make all your budding readers a simple book strap – once a staple for young students more than 100 years ago – to carry that favorite titles back home.

Materials

  • Cotton belting material, 1/4 yard
  • Rickrack, 1/4 yard
  • 2 D-rings
  • Thread (match to rickrack color)
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Fray Check

Instructions

1. At the fabric store, have your cotton belting cut to size. At home, cut your rickrack down to 1/4 yard. Place the rickrack on top of the belting material and sew down the center of the rickrack. Hold the two pieces taut as you move along.
2. At one end of your strap, take the two D-rings and pull the strap through, folding down about 1". Sew a straight line to secure.
3. On the other end, fold down the end 1" and sew another straight line. Add a drop of Fray Check to each raw end and spread across. This will help prevent the belting from fraying over time.
4. You're done – wasn't that fast?! You can make several of these in a matter of minutes.
5. What is your family's favorite craft or art book? Make sure to tell us so we can share it here!

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