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Folding Photo Book

This customized DIY holiday photo display makes a great gift and keepsake. Make one in a few hours for less than $20.

Folding Photo Book

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Embroidery floss
  • Embroidery needle
  • 1-inch-wide ribbon
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Miter box and saw or miter saw
  • Iron-on transfer fabric


  • 8-ounce canvas 9 x 6 drop cloth, #631594
  • 1/4 x 6 x 48 poplar craft board

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Stitch the Canvas Pieces Together

Step 1

Cut two pieces of canvas drop cloth 6-3⁄8-inches x 43-1⁄8-inches.

Step 2

Fold end seams

On both pieces, fold each edge and end 1/2 inch, pin in place, and iron.

Step 3

Using a ruler, draw a light pencil line 1-1/2 inches from each end.

Step 4

Measure stitching locations

Following the cutting diagram, draw edge-to-edge lines at 6-3/8-in and 3/8-in intervals until you leave a line 1-1/2 inches from the opposite end.

Step 5

Stitch canvas with colored floss

Use a needle and green embroidery floss to make a running stitch on each line to create pockets for the wood blocks.

Step 6

Glue ribbons in place

To embellish the ends of your book, cut four 18-inch strips of 1-inch ribbon. Glue the tips of two ribbons to the inside face of the unstitched short ends of the canvas. Stitch the ends closed using a running stitch and with embroidery floss about 1/8 inch from the edge.

Step 7

Choose a grouping of 4-in x 6-in images to add to your book. Download our “Merry Christmas” cover lettering or create your own.

Stitch the Canvas Pieces Together

Step 1

Copy images and the cover onto fusible image transfer sheets following manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 2

Iron on images

Use an iron to fuse the backs of the images and text centered in each canvas book section following the manufacturer’s instruction.

Step 3

Cut six pieces of craft board into 6-in x 5 1/2-in squares. Use sandpaper on rough edges. Painting or sealing the boards is optional.

Step 4

Folding photo holder

Insert boards into the six sleeves created by the canvas.