How to: make a hand-stitched notebook | Jen Hewett, printmaker, surface designer, textile artistWith coptic stitch you will bind all the signatures and covers together with one long thread and a connected stitch that holds everything together tightly, but still with a lot of flexibility. You might have seen these types of hand-bound journals around, because of the exposed stitching in the spine area. It looks pretty cool and although there are variations as with everything — this is my method of doing the coptic stitch with just one needle. You can easily find coptic stitch bookbinding materials in your craft store or order them online. Here are links to the tools I have and they are pretty affordable — all available on Amazon. You can even buy a whole kit to start off with, giving you everything you need for bookbinding. Please note there are affiliate links in this article that give me a slight commission if you click through and purchase at no extra cost to you.
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Bookbinding/Japanese side stitch
It's easy to repair paperback books using Japanese bookbinding techniques. Just punch four holes through the book near the spine and lash it together with needle and thread. You can make sketch books, scrapbooks or blank books this way, too. To make smaller books, fold several sheets of paper paper carefully into halves or quarters, clamp the stack together and punch and bind it. Optionally, you can then slit the pages apart with a sharp knife afterwards, being careful not to cut the binding threads. Binder clips are useful, too.
Take it away, Pooja! Hi, everyone! My avocation became a vocation in when my partner and I left our beloved New York City for adventure in Singapore. I left behind a strong book arts community in the States and was eager to find or create one in my new home in Asia. So, in , I launched a series of classes via my blog. Soon after, I was featured in The Straits Times , the national broadsheet, and became the go-to gal for book arts on this tiny island.
Step 2: Marking the Holes
Show less Do you want to start a scrapbook , nature journal , or diary? You can, of course, buy a suitable book at the store, but if you really want to make it your own perhaps it's time to rediscover the not-quite-lost art of bookbinding. Bookbinding styles range from simple to more complicated, and you can tape your book, bind it with a ribbon, or even sew it in place. To bind a book, start by folding your pages in half and stapling them together at the folded crease. Then, cut a piece of binding tape that's about 2 inches longer than your book and lay it sticky-side up on a flat surface.