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