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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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Given 2012-04-22
:iconfedefernandez:
FedeFernandez Featured By Owner 20 minutes ago
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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:iconkaranari:
KaraNari Featured By Owner 1 day ago  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 1 day ago  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 1 day ago  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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KaraNari Featured By Owner 1 day ago  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 4 days ago
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 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconaztec58:
aztec58 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015
beautiful craft <3
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:iconjamesdarrow:
JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconaztec58:
aztec58 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015
you are so welcome 
thanks for the tutorial :heart:
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:iconrandomnessgirl101:
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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:iconjamesdarrow:
JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Good luck :)
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:iconrandomnessgirl101:
Randomnessgirl101 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
thank you!!! :D
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:iconstanisdanny:
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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:iconjamesdarrow:
JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconshiranoko:
Shiranoko Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is just brilliant!
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:iconjamesdarrow:
JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! 
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:iconkadajs-kitsune:
kadajs-kitsune Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a brilliant tutorial, thank you for sharing!
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:iconjamesdarrow:
JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconnetmiff:
netmiff Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  New member
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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:iconestrangeloedessa:
EstrangeloEdessa Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I am going to have to try this sometime. 
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:iconjamesdarrow:
JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Good luck :)
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:iconwaterystar:
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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:iconjamesdarrow:
JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm happy to hear that! :)
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:iconitachi:
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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:iconjamesdarrow:
JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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:iconakinatris:
Akinatris Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
Gonna use this one day! Thank you :D
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:iconjamesdarrow:
JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Good luck :)
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:iconbluelakekylie:
BlueLakeKylie Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist 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  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait, never mind, I figured it out.
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:iconmuslipepito:
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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:iconjamesdarrow:
JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm happy to hear that :)
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:iconeternal-empathy:
Eternal-Empathy Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
how much do you charge for the bookmaking?
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:iconjamesdarrow:
JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Unfortunately due to my schedule I really don't have time to make any books right now. If I do, I'll post completed books with links to purchase. 
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:iconciarun:
Ciarun Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Student General Artist
SO THATS HOW ITS DONE now I can die peacefully
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:iconjamesdarrow:
JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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:iconthallencambricaltran:
ThallenCambricaltran Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Student General Artist
This is awesome! I will definitely show you what I make when I do this! :)
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:iconjamesdarrow:
JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconrozzandmaya:
rozzandmaya Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  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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:iconjamesdarrow:
JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconbluelakekylie:
BlueLakeKylie Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is very helpful! Seriously. Thank you.
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:iconjamesdarrow:
JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, and sorry for not getting back sooner with regarding the question you had. Did you figure it out?
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:iconbluelakekylie:
BlueLakeKylie Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I did.
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:iconpequliar:
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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:iconjamesdarrow:
JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :)
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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 :

img15.hostingpics.net/pics/273…

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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:iconjamesdarrow:
JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! Send the link again if you submit on dA so I can favorite it.
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