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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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Given 2012-04-22
:iconnikalalou:
When you're sewing a new page on, do you thread the meddle through the holes of the other pages aswell or just the one?
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Arachnoid Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
a binder after the ink heart of the blue jay <3
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TheTinyBlackPaws Mar 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
So helpful, thank you~
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:iconi-read-to-much:
i know you probably have already been asked but how do you connect the 3rd signature to the 1st one? and awesome tutorial. 
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:iconmerwize:
Awesome, thank you !! Better tutorial than the one my teacher gave me :)
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:iconsavannahwin:
Hey! Can't wait to make my own. Seems like I might be alone in this but was just hoping to get some clarification on tying at the end of the second and attaching the 3rd (and so on). I can't quite tell what you're doing with the sting at those points to get that knot.

Thanks!
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NatanarihelLiat Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've just finished making my sketchbook; I am totally in love with how it came out and, more important, I enjoyed the process immencely! Thank you for this tutorial, I am so happy I came across it~
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:iconbankaiblade:
Awesome tutorial, I have to try it!
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