How To Bind A Book

Posted on | February 1, 2011 | 12 Comments


how to bind a book 4115 Tutorials & Projects!

I’ve always been interested in learning how to bind a book. I saw my first handmade book in a craft store in Baltimore. It had a simple five-stitch bind, a photocopied cover, and inside was an ancient Indian folk legend. I loved it!  Now, I look for beautiful handcrafted books wherever I go.

Since that day, I’ve  tried quite a few of the easier bookbinding methods myself -  pretty much everything but traditional binding.

I’ve made stitched books, accordion books,  one page folded books (which I will eventually post a tutorial for),  stapled books, and mini books. I’ve even done quite a bit of book repair, including gluing pages to spines and repairing/replacing  covers.

How To Bind A Book Using Stitching Methods

These how-to’s are for traditional methods of making both softbound and hardbound books.

How To Bind A Book Using The Glue Method

Using glue to bind a book is a quick and easy bookbinding method. However, it lacks the elegance and charm stitching provides.

How To Bind A Book Using Unusual Methods

The following binding methods are rarely used today, except in art books. Many of these methods have been around for centuries, but a couple are recent innovations.

How To Bind A Book By Recycling A Current Book

An easy way to create a book is to start with a hardback or notebook and modify it to make it your own.

How To Bind A Book Using Unusual Materials

I like to work with shrink plastic and Fimo clay. I usually make items for the home or jewelry, but these projects give me a chance to spread my wings a bit.

Bookbinding Projects

Here are some projects to try, after you have mastered the basic skills of binding a book.

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12 Responses to “How To Bind A Book”

  1. Kathryn
    November 7th, 2010 @ 7:50 pm

    Nice round up of different techniques. Thanks for sharing these with us!

  2. Taylor
    November 14th, 2010 @ 7:50 pm

    Thanks for including a link to me! Looks like you have rounded up some awesome tutorials! I’m going to take a look around and see what else you have here.


  3. linda
    November 15th, 2010 @ 10:35 am

    Great list of resources and thanks for including my longstitch and accordion book tutorial!

  4. Diane
    February 3rd, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

    Thanks for the link! Most kind.

    Will check out some of the other resources you mention – very useful post, thanks again.

  5. Johan Potgieter
    February 4th, 2011 @ 3:22 am

    Excellent resource! Thank you so much for putting these together. I will refer a lot of people that ask me about different methods when they see my bound magazines….

  6. Amanda Jones
    February 15th, 2011 @ 6:55 am

    What a plethora of resources! Thanks :-)

  7. Nancy
    February 16th, 2011 @ 1:54 am

    Ohhh…this is VERY nice! Thank you, we will be trying out many of these tutorials.


  8. Richele
    February 22nd, 2011 @ 9:53 pm

    This is a handicraft my boys have already asked to learn. Thanks for all the links – already bookmarked you.

  9. Amber
    February 23rd, 2011 @ 12:49 am

    Look at all those links! Thanks for this! I definitely need to bookmark it — never know when it might come in useful. I could see my children getting interested in this.

  10. Robin
    February 23rd, 2011 @ 2:36 am

    What a great list! I’ve just started bookbinding for fun, so I think I’ll need to come back to this many times. Thanks for putting it all together. Robin

  11. amy in peru
    February 24th, 2011 @ 10:25 pm

    Seriously impressive list! I think you’ve just become the definitive list for bookbinding with this post!

    amy in peru
    fisher academy

  12. beetree
    March 18th, 2011 @ 9:39 pm

    Thank you so much!! I have been wanting to make books for a while, and this will make it so much easier to find help- all in one place! :)

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