Date Night Coupon Book with Tutorial

Wednesday night is 'Date Night' in our house. Jake and I try to get out and hit new restaurants, stroll around the park, take advantage of our favorite happy hour or just stay in with delivery and a dvd.

We usually manage to come up with at least an idea or two but now and then we have a conversation that goes something like this;

Me: "What do you want to do?"
Hubby: "I don't know. What do you want to do?"
Me: "I don't know. I asked you first."

To help us get inspired on those nights we're feeling stuck, I created this simple coupon book! We've filled it with ideas for date nights and can take turns selecting coupons then hitting the town (or the couch).

I started by cutting 2 pieces of micro suede approximately 2.5" x 5.5". Then I cut out about 25 old book pages slightly smaller than the cover pieces. I decided to use book pages because they are sturdy but still thin enough that I could sew through a stack of them.

I ran the pages through my sewing machine after I had removed all the thread (top thread and bobbin) so that I'd get holes in the paper. This perforated the pages so they could easily be pulled out and cashed in on date night. I used a binder clip to hold the pieces together so they didn't slip around in the machine.

I stamped a label onto a piece of card stock and glued it to one of the suede covers. I sewed around the edged with a zig-zag stitch a couple of times.

I clipped together the book pages and both sides of the cover. I stitched through all the layers using a heavy duty needle. Once everything was together, I cut a piece of book scrap and glued it on the spine of the book to hide the stitching.

I had fun decorating my date night idea pages but since Mr. Lime isn't particularly crafty, he has blank stickers to fill out.

Guess where we're going for date night when it's my turn to pick a coupon?!

This was one of the projects I created for the Master Crafter campaign over on Craftster! Pop by if you still haven't checked it out.


kittykill said...

Love this idea!You are just too talented!

Jenny said...

so cute! I might have to make one of these because me and my hubby are the same way. "I don't know, let's just stay home and watch something on Netflix."

Duni said...

I love this idea! So cute!!
Thanks for sharing :) Have a terrific day, Duni

Pam Fields said...

This is great! It will keep you from getting in a rut of doing the same thing each week. 30 years of marriage this August and we still like to try new ideas. :) I am still trying to figure out Craftster.

i.ikeda said...

This is an awesome idea! I would probably leave some blank for myself for when I come across something new that I'd like to do for date nights. Oh my, this really is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing. I'll be pinning this (is that ok with you?). Have a lovely day!

Anonymous said...

What a cute idea! And having a regular date night is something I'd love to implement around here. All too often we sit around like loafs around the TV at night, me still working and M just vegging. It would be nice to shut that off and go spend actual quality time with one another!

CraftyLikeLindy said...

I love this idea! I have the same I don't know argument ALL the time! Would love to fill it with new places to eat and placed to go. I pinned it!

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