I’m just popping in to deliver the promised tutorial on binding the sweet little books I have been creating. Please keep in mind that a Sharpie marker is about as technical as I have time for today…. so no fancy computer graphics for this tutorial.
Please begin with 4 legal sized manilla folders. These folders are acid free and super easy to cut. I use a long armed cropper to keep everything square.
Leaving the file folded as it comes in the box cut through both layers 5 5/8 inches off creating a long folded card shape. Sorry I got 1 pic ahead here….yours will just be straight across.
Leaving the scored portion on the left hand side measure over 6 inches from the last score mark and trim only the top layer. This will be the front of your book.
Fold your cover on the score mark. This will give you a 3/4 inch spine. There should be 3 score marks wide. Bend only the one closest to the front cover.
Flip the cover over and cut the length to 8 1/4 straight across. Next make a score line 1 1/2 inches in from the outside edge. Make another score line 3/4 inches from the first score line. Fold across at score lines This will give you the right hand edge and flap.
View from other side showing right hand side of book cover.
Next you will need to cut additional folders to be 5 1/2 inches high. Cut through both layers again creating a folded card shape. Next cut through both layers 5 3/4 inches from the fold on the left. You will need 3 of these card shapes.
Create 3 additional card shapes in the same way but this time they should measure 5 1/2 inches high by 5 5/8 wide.
Use a corner punch to make a nice finished edge on all your outside edges.
Next open all cut folders and mark a spot 3/4 and 1 inch down from the top. Flip upside down and mark again at 3/4 and 1 inch. With sharp craft knife pierce tiny holes where your marks are. Once you’ve made a few book you can just skip marking and use your ruler and craft knife and pierce through saving a step. Please make only super tiny hole…enough to feed a large needle through.
Nest 1 smaller card shape inside 1 larger shape to create insert. you will need 3 inserts for a nice amount of pages. Any less will not create a full look…any more and you may not have room to add lot’s of pictures and journaling. Sew each set through the pierced holes leaving knot on the outside. You should go through the holes several times to ensure a nice tight and strong binding.
I am demonstrating with black thread to make it easier to see. You should use a good nylon thread to make it almost invisible. Please sew both sides of each insert.
You now have 3 inserts sewn and ready to attach to binding.
Center one of your inserts inside the cover on the inside edge of the left hand binding. Mark your spots on the binding that correspond to the stitches on your insert. Picture shown demonstrates that you need to make 1 mark for each of the three scored sections on the binding…making 6 marks to pierce as you did the inserts. I wrote the measurements on the demonstration only for the purpose of ling up the inserts. Please do not measure down from the top and bottom as you did the inserts. This will allow a little leeway for lining up the insert in the very center.
You should begin sewing your inserts in leaving the tail and knot on the outside of your book. When using nylon thread this will be very easy to conceal the knot under pretty patterned paper. However nylon thread is a bit trickier to work with so don’t get frustrated.
Once you’ve gone through the cover…bring your needle all the way through stitches on the outside of the inserts…then back through to the outside of the cover. You should do this a few times to ensure a nice tight long lasting binding. Make your knot on the outside and trim excess thread. Please repeat this step until you have all three inserts sewn in.
You have now created a base to add lovely papers and embellishments and make a beautiful book of your own!
Please let me know if I have not explained a step well enough. Doing something is often easier than explaining how you did it.
This pattern can be duplicated to a variety of sizes. Being frugal I try to get the most out of each sheet of paper so I will keep my books a bit smaller. I also found it a lot easier to ink all the edges before I assembled and sewed all the layers.