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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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TantricToza Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
All of my want. :iconikissitplz:
TeenaPai Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  New member
Awwwww this is really useful!
Thanks for making this tutorial! ;A;
JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
Dentonius Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a great tutorial I used it to make this:…
JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice, thanks for the link :)
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.
JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
cjcemt Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  New member
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.
JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
I'd love to see how the book turns out. :)
Ivyel Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
You're the best!
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