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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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JCBumblebee Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Bless you for this XD
I followed this epic tutorial for creating my BoS. The page-folding (I folded an entire set of 500 pages... and only ended up using 200) and sewing took the longest for me, but this was incredibly easy to follow and with how my book turned out, I'm quite proud of it; and thankful to you for posting this, lol. :squee: 
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JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm happy to have helped :)
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choupette-amoureuse Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015
I started my own one today, it's very easy ! As I'm not very good with handcrafts, I was scared, but that's so well explicated ! I'll finish it tomorrow and link up my picture of it !
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JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm happy to hear that and I look forward to the completed book! :)
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Zarashi99 Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Student General Artist
Congratulations on the DD! :w00t:
This is a very nice tutorial, thank you for making it! :)
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JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconzarashi99:
Zarashi99 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Student General Artist
You're welcome :)
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haimokochan Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Student General Artist
This is really helpful. Need to try out this technique out. :)
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oliverthor2102 Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  New Deviant Professional Photographer
hey i was wondering if you could make me a custom book same size as the one in your example but the cover can be pretty flowers or roses same with the inside. thank you if you can. :) and if you do how much would it be???  $$$
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konekobio Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
well... i want to make a book by myself and i'm a bit confused :D
how do you connect the third signature? i mean yes there is a picture but i can't see how you are doing it even if i zoom in more... maybe i'm blind :D
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Ansharus Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
I simply love your tutorial and it gave me the idea of making a present for my girlfriend: A self made book that bundles all our emails/text messages of the past 3 years. I already made the fabric cover (I embroided a custom pattern on it) and already made put all the messages in a nicely formatted PDF document, so the only thing I still have to do is print it out.
As you can imagine, the combined page count is somewhat high (500+ pages).
Do you think it's possible to bind this many pages using this technique?
I'm probably going to use 90gsm paper, and I'll be using signatures of about 8 sheets (giving me around 16-17 signatures in total).
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations and best of luck to the two of you. 

I personally haven't attempted to make anything nearly that large but this method should work. Possibly what I would recommend is to make into a couple of smaller books, maybe by date or even message type.

Let me know how everything works out. 
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FedeFernandez Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015
I've been following this tutorial to make the journal of Gravity Falls, but I had problems gluing the canvas. What kind of glue do you use?
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JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
A PVA glue should work. Please feel free to share the completed book, I love Gravity Falls. :)
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FedeFernandez Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
I've recently finished it. Thank you so much for the tutorial and you can check out the result here: linguerpicuet.tumblr.com/post/…
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KaraNari Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I am wondering if it is necessary to glue the ends before putting on the binding piece? I only have 3 signatures with three pages each as I am making a really small booklet. Thanks in advance!
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JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Seeing as it is a smaller size you could probably get away without gluing first. Larger books however I would recommended gluing first. Please feel free to share your book when you're done!
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KaraNari Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
My book turned out pretty good for a first try! Thank you for your tutorial, it was very good! Here is what I made: karanari.deviantart.com/art/DI…
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JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the link :)
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KaraNari Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tips! I did end up gluing it and because it was so small I ended up gluing the first and last pages to the book cover to make it sturdier and to give it a better chance of holding together. I will definitely share it when the glue dries!
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Light-and-Dark Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015
This is really neat. I have a cosplay planned for hopefully some time this year that requires a large book. If I can't find anything that'll work I may just give this a try.
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JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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aztec58 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015
beautiful craft <3
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JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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aztec58 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015
you are so welcome 
thanks for the tutorial :heart:
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Randomnessgirl101 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
... Oh my gosh... I know what I'm doing the next time I have all this stuff!!!
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JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Good luck :)
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Randomnessgirl101 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
thank you!!! :D
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StanisDanny Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is just perfect, AWESOME!
Thank you very much for sharing, it's so easy to follow!
Thank you!
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JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :)
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Shiranoko Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is just brilliant!
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JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! 
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kadajs-kitsune Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a brilliant tutorial, thank you for sharing!
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JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :)
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netmiff Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015
I made one!  I couldn't find a daytimer/planner that I liked, so I designed and printed some sheets, then made them into a book!  I did some wrong things, but I wanted to get it made, and I used stuff that I already had laying around, including white glue for everything!  I think it just oozed everywhere, as I had trouble opening my book flat (one of my requirements), so I just slit the end papers (after it was all finished).
I think this will show you photographs - if not, there are three in my scrapbook.  

 www.deviantart.com/art/2015-02…
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EstrangeloEdessa Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I am going to have to try this sometime. 
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JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Good luck :)
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waterystar Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I've thought about making my own booklet before and now your guide will be just the the resource I'd need if/when I do make one.
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JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm happy to hear that! :)
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Itachi Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mind blown and scattered on the ground! Pinterest dreams are made of one of these! :happybounce: 
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JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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Akinatris Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
Gonna use this one day! Thank you :D
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JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Good luck :)
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BlueLakeKylie Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Student General Artist
I have a question: When you start the third signature, do you begin with new thread, or do you continue to use the same thread that you were just using? I'm very confused... because if you kept using the same thread, then you would be on the wrong side of the paper, and wouldn't be able to tie it.

Am I just missing something?
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BlueLakeKylie Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Student General Artist
Wait, never mind, I figured it out.
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Muslipepito Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015
 I was looking for something like this, then I forgot...but thanks to you I'll definitely make my own book now!
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JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm happy to hear that :)
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