Booklet added to Notebook

A Quick Bookbinding Tutorial with No Fancy Tools

Nicole Make it. Fix it. Do it Yourself.

My journal has started running out of pages and I’m not ready to start a new one just yet. So I decided add some extra pages to my existing one. That way I could keep my doodles, inspirations and other odds and sods close by if I needed to look back at my notes. And No I’m not sentimental at all… 😛

With this bright idea there was just one small challenge all my craft tools have been packed and en-route down under. After a bit of rummaging I managed to find a few thing that would do the job.

Here’s my quick bookbinding tutorial with no fancy tools:

Step 1: I gathered all my tools

Tools

From Top to Bottom:
Green Chopping board (aka cutting board), Ruler, Pencil, Craft Knife, 3 x Bulldog Clips, Used Printer Paper, Darning Needle, Silk Thread for Decorative stitching

Tools2

From Left to Right:
Hammer, Nail, Sharp Scissors

UHU General Purpose glue is part of my craft kit. www.onebymeforyou.com

UHU General Purpose Glue

Step 2: Preparing the pages

  • I cut and folded the paper to the appropriate size.
  • Then stacked the pages on top of each other, lining up the folded sides, which made up the spine.
Cut and Folded Paper

Cut and Folded Paper

Step 3: Making a spine

  • I measured 1cm from the folded edge, and 0.5cm increments along the length of the spine.
Measurements for Binding

Measurements for Binding

  • Bulldog clipped all the pages together to keep them in place
Pages held together with Bulldog clips

Pages held together with Bulldog clips

  • Then positioned the nail at each 0.5cm mark and hammered down until it went through all the pages.

Side note probably not too wise to do this at 23:00 on a school night, neighbours might not be too impressed!

Making holes

Making holes

  • Once all the holes were made I was ready to get sewing! I threaded the needle and tied the ends together to make it stronger. I used about 1m of thread for my A5 booklet, figured it was better to have more thread than to run out and be sad!
Needle and Thread

Needle and Thread

I used a Japanese bookbinding technique (here’s a great tutorial). The tutorial is only for 4 holes, so I just repeated the threading until I got to the last stitch on the other side. This technique reminded me of the blanket stitch often used in hand sewing.

Sewing the pages together

Sewing the pages together

Pages all bound

Pages all bound

Step 4: Adding the additional pages to my existing journal

  • Last but not least I glued the booklet to my existing notebook. Any craft glue should do the trick but I used Uhu All Purpose glue. And I’m Happy Az! 😀
Booklet added to Notebook

Ta Da! Extended the life of my Notebook 🙂

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Nicole Kerrigan is a fibre artist and environmentalist who’s on a mission to keep bad stuff out the ground. Through her one-of-a-kind creations, blog posts and workshops she’s here to shake up the way you treat, buy and love your stuff. And when she’s not making art out of trash you can find her exploring natural spaces and exotic places. Making friends with local wildlife. Occasionally rotting her brain on animated sitcoms like South Park :-) Or lighting it up on documentaries like Planet Earth Meet Nicole and get ready to save the planet one stitch at a time at onebymeforyou.com