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Bookbinding Tutorial by JamesDarrow Bookbinding Tutorial by JamesDarrow
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Download for a larger view! - Journal with books and additional info - Click here for a video I uploaded on how to sew your book!

Eden Workshops - A Bookbinders Resource. Here you will find free tutorials, learn at home DVD's, equipment and materials.

Please read everything before asking questions. I understand this can be confusing, but I may have already answered your question.

This took me so long to make! You're welcome :iconspecky1:

Materials : (with links to purchase / more info)

• Paper : The paper is the most important part of the book, you'll want something that is durable and practical to the purpose of your book. I'm using Strathmore 18 in. x 24 in. 80 lb drawing paper. Strathmore website
• Paper (endpaper) : I'm using scrapbook paper, a thicker paper with interesting designs. Endpaper on Wikipedia

• Glue stick : Anything will do. I prefer using ones that are purple and dry clear. Elmer's Disappearing Purple School Glue Sticks
• Spray adhesive : Again, as long as it works anything will do. I had some Duro All-Purpose Spray Adhesive around when I was making this. Be very very very careful when using this! Read the instructions on the can. When I was using the spray adhesive I would prepare the paper inside and the go outside to spray it.

• Thread : When making your book, you'll want to use a thread that is durable and easy to work with. There is a thread specifically for bookbinding, but it can be a bit expensive. An alternative to that would be to use dental floss (I've never used this method before so I can't say how well it'll work). You can also use beeswax coated thread, again, it can be expensive to purchase. I just used a generic thread doubled over to be stronger, this has worked fairly well for me. Embroidery thread works great too! (thanks everyone who mentioned this)
Coats & Clark Ecru Upholstery Thread was recommended, it might be worth a try considering the price.
• Needle

• Ruler
• Scissors (fabric scissors optional but could be useful)
• Pencil
• (optional) Cutting Board / Paper Cutter
• Canvas
• Binder clips

• Fabric : For the cover, something you wouldn't mind looking at! I recommend buying some scrap or discount fabric when you first start and later buy something a bit nicer.
• Ribbon : You can use either a strip of fabric or some ribbon if you choose to add a bookmark. Example of what I would use

• Heavy weight : Some heavy books will do, in my case I have an old projector.

• Awl : Something sharp and pointy. I'm using a tool from Bead Buddy 4 Piece Reamer set. The red and yellow ones work great

• Chipboard : You can also use a thin wood or foam. I wouldn't recommend using anything else as they might not be as durable or easy to work with.

• Anything else you want to decorate your book with.



Book Terms :

Book Block : All the sewn together sheets of paper that make up the pages in the book.
End Paper / End Sheets : The first and last paper of the book. They connect the cover of the book to the book block.
Signature : groups of folded paper. I take 4 folded pieces of paper and group them together. When you sew you are sewing the signatures together.




Diagram of a book




You may use this tutorial in part or whole to teach others, please don't remove my name or URL. Also, it would be great if you send me links to books you create using this. I want to see what everyone is capable of! ♥

To sew your book without having to fold it, view this tutorial
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Eternal-Empathy Featured By Owner 8 hours ago
how much do you charge for the bookmaking?
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:iconciarun:
Ciarun Featured By Owner 9 hours ago  Student General Artist
SO THATS HOW ITS DONE now I can die peacefully
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:iconthallencambricaltran:
ThallenCambricaltran Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student General Artist
This is awesome! I will definitely show you what I make when I do this! :)
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rozzandmaya Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New member Professional Digital Artist
wow.  How beautiful!  When I make a book like this I'll be sure to send you the link!  
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BlueLakeKylie Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is very helpful! Seriously. Thank you.
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pequliar Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, you really did a beautiful job! I'm gonna try to make something like this It's good for people like me who have very small budgets. :)
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Louicanthrope Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  New member
It's always been a dream of mine to make my own book but the tutorials around didn't make me feel confident. Yours is the best mate, congrats !
I came here ASAP to share the result while it's drying for the last time.
I used an old t-shirt to make the cover but it looks great anyhow - I wish I had (fake) leather for the cover, maybe next time.
Before I began folding them into signatures, I batched the 56 sheets (regular paper for printing machines) in coffee to make them look ancient :

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I used dental floss for the biding. I would say it is the perfect alternative to thread for bookbiding because it's easy to find, cheap and already waxed.
Besides it never broke although I kept stretching it firmly to make sure the knots were tight, but I bought the cheapest, so it's solid.
Oh also, I didn't have fabric to glue the signatures on so I used doubled gauze (compress) as canvas.

Thanks a lot ! =D
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Sommeil-eternel Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is awesome:D I will do it :la:
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hellonabeeha Featured By Owner Edited Feb 1, 2015
Thank You SO MUCH! I'm not sure when you made this tutorial but I am so glad I came across it! I have been looking for a journal to buy for so long, and I found one on Etsy, just wasn't completely sure if I was ready to pay that much. However now I'm definitely sure I'm going to try making my own first, I think I'll appreciate it more.
Again Thank You so Much Sir! :)<3
Keep Up the Great Work and Peace be with You!
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bluemoonbeetle Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so cool. I really want to try this. Thanks for making this awesome tutorial!
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samuraicat1019 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015
 About a year ago a made a book using this tutorial and absolutely loved it, and now am onto #2. Out of all the tutorials out there (I know, I've been looking -.- ) your's is by far the most clear and simple start to finish. Thank you for the time and effort you put in to this awesome tutorial! 
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JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for your comment, I'm happy you've found this useful :)
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:iconchameleonist:
Chameleonist Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I may never use this, but I'm definitely keeping it in mind!
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:iconjamesdarrow:
JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconchameleonist:
Chameleonist Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
No, no! Thank YOU! X3
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Mephisto-Myrddin Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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foxIing Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
definitly will try maybe this weekend or today if my mom is willing to buy it :D 
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JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Good luck :)
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LadyScoora Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014
Own thanks a lot!! I've been wanting a sketchbook for so long :D I will try it as soon as I gather the materials!
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:iconjamesdarrow:
JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Good luck :)
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LadyScoora Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Thank you, I made it and I'm pretty satisfied! :D
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spuggey Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely! I made a book with a clamp and glued pages (perfect binding, I believe is the technical name) and it's pretty sturdy as a reading book, but your method looks great for making sketchbooks that'll get a bit more wear. Thanks!
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JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :)
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RaccontoUrahara Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer

A few years ago, I made my firsts notebooks based on this tutorial <3

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JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm happy to hear that! :)
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ElementZ124 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg! this is sooo cool, Im going to try this right away!
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JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Good luck :)
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CosGirl16 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014
I'm trying to make this but I don't know where to find chip board or the canvas! Could you tell me where you got them from and how much they cost please??? Thanks!
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:iconjamesdarrow:
JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Michaels, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Hobby Lobby in stores and online. Pretty much any art store and most craft stores have both and they're pretty inexpensive.
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meilandru Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
I'm currently trying this out. Had to make some material adjustments (they dont have chipboard at michaels, have to use balsa). had to get an xacto knife (my first!) to cut thru the wood.
As for the thread, I make jewelry, and the thread I use for that is really strong stuff. When I have to replace a button, I use this stuff. (Silkon, Medium Weight)
I thought the selection of canvas was too flimsy and too much for what I need it for, and got a sturdier and stiffer looking piece of laminated burlap.
I'll let you know how everything works out.
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JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I look forward to it :)
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paul-bookbinder Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
Hello James! A fantastic tutorial, thanks for taking the time out to create it.

I was wondering whether you might give me permission to reproduce your post on my bookbinding tutorial website iBookBinding (www.ibookbinding.com)? I will give full credits to yourself and link back to this page or any other you request.

There are many fantastic tutorials on the internet about bookbinding but it seems that few bookbinders use Deviant Art (at least from from what I know based on conversations with many bookbinders) and as such, resources like this are missed by many which I think is a real shame.

If you would allow me to do this I would be extremely grateful,

Kind Regards,
Paul
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JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely you may repost this, please send me a link if you do. Thanks.
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gracytoyang Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
great tutorial. thanx a lot. useful one
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JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :)
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TantricToza Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
All of my want. :iconikissitplz:
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JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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TeenaPai Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
Awwwww this is really useful!
Thanks for making this tutorial! ;A;
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:iconjamesdarrow:
JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Dentonius Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a great tutorial I used it to make this:

dentonius.deviantart.com/galle…
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JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice, thanks for the link :)
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Dentonius Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, and you're very welcome it was a great tutorial, I'll be using it again soon.
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JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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cjcemt Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
I just wrote a story for my grandkids but don't want to pay the price to take it to Kinko's.  Since I wrote the story and did all of the illustrations myself, I thought...why not bind it myself as well.  I've been searching for months on how to go about it but the other tutorials were confusing or used expensive materials.  However, I absolutely LOVE yours!  Thank you so much!!  Once I'm done with figuring out how to print the pages so they line up correctly for the book - I will be using your instructions to put the book together.  If successful, I'd be more than happy to share a pic or two with you as a thank you for taking the time to post this.
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JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
I'd love to see how the book turns out. :)
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Ivyel Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
You're the best!
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JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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Morticia-Lynne Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Student Writer
I bought a hand-made book binder once, and since then I was curios of making books and whatnot.
A really awesome and simple tutorial, thanks :D
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JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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orchidshadowfox Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this awesome tutorial!
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