ncharshaf handmade Adventures of a self taught bookbinder


Trying my hand at teaching

I spent most of my childhood wanting to be a teacher when I grew up. I have always loved kids, and it seemed like something I would enjoy. As I grew up and got more into computers, my career goals changed a bit, and began to lean more towards doing something with computers. Now that I am out of school, I have been thinking that it would be fun to somehow incorporate teaching into what I do.

Today, I was invited by a local cupcake shop called Sweetspot to attend the last day of their camp, and teach the kids how to bind a book that contained the recipes that they learned that week. It was a group of about 8 kids ranging from 4 - 11 years old, and I really had no idea what to expect. I went in with the idea that there was a chance that they would just watch me make the books, or that they would be bouncing off the wall not wanting to sit and concentrate on the project.

However, Most of them seemed pretty interested, which made it really fun.  We started by letting them decorate the covers of the book however they wanted to, and they had tons of fun punching out decorative papers and gluing them to the cover. Once they were done, they came up  one by one, and I let them punch the three holes with the awl, and then gave them a needle and thread, and held the book wile they sewed it. I was very impressed that everyone was able to sew their own book. I wonder if I just trained the next great bookbinder ;)

The final bound books that the kids made at Sweetspot today

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  1. These are so cute!!

  2. What fun! Reminds me of when I trained in some preschools during my early childhood education program in college.
    I’ve always thought you would be a great teacher to both children and adults!

  3. so Nicole – how do you go back to a post like this to correct spelling errors? s/b children…..I hate when that happens….

  4. I fixed it for you, I know how you feel about spelling errors ;)

  5. I love the creativity of kids! Looks like they did a great job.

  6. Great work, I try to run the craft table at a kids club, sometimes it works sometimes they are just not interested,,,that’s my failing for not giving them something they want to’s very satisfying when they join in and have fun making things.

  7. those books are adorable! it’s always exciting to see a kids perspective on your art. what a great idea for a summer class!

  8. How cool ♥ I love that they got to make their own cookbooks

  9. Teaching is a lot fun, especially kids! Very cute books.

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