How To Bind A Book


How To Bind a Book115 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.

Stitching Methods

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

The Glue Methods

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

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.

Recycle 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.

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.

Bookbinding Videos

There are lots of great videos on bookbinding. Here are some of my favorites.

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Comments: 12

  1. Kathryn says:

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

  2. Taylor says:

    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 says:

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

  4. Diane says:

    Thanks for the link! Most kind.

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

  5. 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 says:

    What a plethora of resources! Thanks :-)

  7. Nancy says:

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


  8. Richele says:

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

  9. Amber says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

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

    amy in peru
    fisher academy

  12. beetree says:

    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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