This is my cheaty bookbinding method.
I have no machines or nice paper/card suppliers, so I kind of have to adapt what others do so they work for me. The most expensive bit to buy via this method is probably the duct tape.
I hope it's clear enough. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me. I'll go-a-searching later on after dinner to find the tutorials I learned from and adapted to do this method.
Also, disclaimer: I am not a professional book binder, at least not in the proper way. I do my best to make them very pretty and work, but I'm not professionally trained (I'm self-trained), and I have no machines or gear or whatever else. So, please don't take this tutorial as the be-all and end-all of how to do book binding. I'm an amateur.
That said, I worked really hard on this, it's my gift to for catching my kiriban.
EDIT: I see my typical long sentences, typos and overly wordiness has not taken a break for this tutorial. I'm sorry. Can't fix it now., will attack it again later and perhaps add a few more pictures so we can keep the names for parts of the book construction consistent.
Seeing some of the creations of bookbinders/crafters on deviantart shows the amazing potential.
Oh my your tutorial is EXACTLY what I was looking for
Thank you for sharing!! I can't wait to try making one
I have a question for binding bigger journals (say....about 500 pages) because I've always wanted a big sketcbook but could never afford the pre-made ones I've seen online - plus I'm very picky with my paper. Would it be better to bind in pieces and tie them all together? Or to do them all in one go? I tried don't in one go but I tend to get knots on my thread and isn't able to get each signature as tightly secure as I want to :I I'm new to this...
I tend to make books with 5-10 groups of pages for the same reasons! So when I'm making bigger things, I'll completely bind up half of the pages, then I'll stitch the completed group to the other half in single groups/signatures of pages. I've also threaded all of the top stitch into half, and all of the bottom stitch into half of the signatures, and then sewn the middle stitch through the whole thing then done the undone half tops and bottoms just to help with the whole knots and tension thing.
You might also want to find a store that supplies the proper waxed thread used for professional binding... I use normal thread, but it tends to break when there are a lot of pages, and you probably don't want your sketchbook to fall apart because the thread isn't strong enough. If your pages are thicker you can also use nylon thread that people use for beading, but that tends to rip normal paper so, only with thick sketch paper.
You can also just sew five signatures together, make a knot, sew five more and sew them onto the first. As long as your knots are fairly strong and you glue it well afterwards, you don't have to do an entire line of stitching on one piece of thread.
I see. I know a hobby store nearby - they'll probably have the waxed thread. I suppose the regular thread would be good for the smaller sketchbooks at least. And I do use thick paper :] I'll check for better glue as I only have Elmer's glue so far.
Thanks. Those will help. I had a fun time fighting knots at my first attempt at threading last night (haha).
Thanks for responding and the tips! :'D
Um, it was maybe an inch thick. But you can make it as thick as you want it, if you want it to be super thick, you just need to layer the ducttape so it still forms a good spine, or use some other appropriate material to bind up the spine.
I tried to find the tutorial I learned the stitching from but they seem to have gone. If you wait a little while I'll put up another tutorial just for the stitching. I'll see if I can do it on the weekend for you.
I'm curious, do you think this method could work on books that already have print on them? I'm thinking about doing something like this for one of the stories I've written, but I'm not sure how I would work around the printed material without damaging it. Do you possibly know any tutorials that would have that option? Any help would be much appreciated! Thank you!
I would recommend you go to some of the book binding and paper craft communities here on dA and look through their tutorials. To start you off, this is the folder where I've stored my favourite book binding tutorials: [link]