✒ Craft Tutorial: How To Make A Book
With this Tutorial you will learn an easy way of creating your own Notebooks, Diaries and even your own personal, thick and heavy Book Of Shadows, if you like. Or make stunning, personal presents for your loved ones.
I have made my huge Scrapbook a few years ago and will show you in this tutorial with the help of close up photos, how I created my beautiful Bible Of Art.
Regarding of what you’re trying to make, you will need different materials.
What you will need nevertheless is:
- A4 Paper (in the colour of your choice and half the amount of sheets as you want your book to have on pages)
- Needle and Tread/waxed tread (in the colour of your paper)
- Cardboard or thick Craft Paper
- heavy Fabric or Plastic Sheet as covers and back spine
I also used:
- strong double sided sticky Tape
- Fishing line (at least one roll)
- gooey Craft Glue (NO watery Glue)
- matte Sellotape
- tightly meshed Fabric
- 2 A4 sheets of thicker Craft Paper
- Ribbons as Bookmarks and Closure (about 10cm/4 inches longer than you want them to be in the end), but you can also use a String loop and a Button instead
Start with the following:
1. First of all, you take about 10 of your A4 pages and fold them in the middle, to create a pile of A5 sized booklets. Do this with all the paper you want to use for the book. Please be aware, the more paper you use, the heavier your book will be. And paper can be VERY heavy.
2. Open each booklet and mark 4 to 6 hole positions along the fold (as shown above), through which you will sew 2 to 3 loops, to combine the pages of each booklet. Make sure you make strong knots on the back of the paper folds.
If you only make a small notebook, you can sew on the book cover already at this point. (How to measure it right is explained in a later step.)
3. Pile all your sewn up booklets on top of each other. Then turn it around, so the paper folds and tread knots are facing you.
a. If you have only a few booklets (less than 10), you might want to choose the needle and thread again.
b. If you have a bigger pile, use fishing line, as it is way more robust and holds a bigger weight of the paper and allows you to work more frequently with the book, without it falling apart after a few years.
Guide one tread through each column of sewn loops along the pile of booklet spines in front of you and fix them also with a knot, not too tightly. These threads will act like a ring book clasp through each line of knotted loops, to keep your individual booklets together.
4. Take your “book” / pile of combined booklets and stand it up, like you would when you would put the finished book onto a shelf. Keep the spine of the “book” still facing you.
Take your ribbons and guide them through the top loop of thread you’ve just created, that combines the booklets. When you’ve pulled the ribbon half through, hold both ends up to make sure they are of the same length. Then open one of the booklets in the middle of the “book” and put the ribbons as a bookmark in-between. Close the “book”again.
5. Fold the 2 pieces of A4 craft paper (or in my case the plastic sheet) into A5 and glue it, with the fold facing to the spine of the book, one to the first page of the book and one to the last.
6. Cut your cardboard or very thick craft paper (in my case purple) into 2 A5 pieces and glue these to the front and the back of your book. So, that you have the cardboard as the front and back covers, which are attached to your pile of paper booklets through the folded A4 Craft paper lining, between the first/last page and the cardboard cover.
If you like to have a hard spine on your book, cut some cardboard of the size of your spine and attach it later to your outer cover.
7. Use a rectangular piece of tightly meshed fabric (in my case PU fake leather with a mesh inside), which is to all sides 1 inch / 2.5 cm wider than the dimensions of the spine of your book. (To measure, hold the pile of attached booklets with the folds-side down on the spread out fabric and mark freely the outlines of the book spine, with the added inches in mind. Then cut it out.
8. Add glue to the spines of your booklets. Make sure, that your glue is thick enough to not seep through the paper or past the folds on the pages. DO NOT use Super Glue!
10. Also, inside the book, attache each last page of every booklet with the first page of the following booklet… with the help of matte sellotape. (Matte, because it is less visible, you can write on it, you can remove or re-adjust it more easily and it won’t change colour over time, as clear sellotape does.) This procedure combines gap-free the separate booklets to one single flow of paper.
11. You can now attache the book cover of your choice.
a. If you intend to have a hard spine on your book, attache the cardboard piece for the spine movable with sellotape to the back and front cover cardboards (on top of the tight meshed fabric and the fishing line knots), before you fix the outer cover to your book.
b. If you chose a flexible coloured plastic or cardboard cover, you may cut it in the size of the book (by outlining the dimensions of the book on the material, glue it in one piece to the front, spine and back of the book, before cutting it out along the edges.
c. If you choose fabric or felt for your cover, add again at least 0.5 inches / 1.5 cm to each outside line of your book measurements, to be able to fold it over neatly, before sewing or gluing the overlapping folds like a frame to the insides of your cardboard/craft paper book cover.
You may want to glue the entire fabric/felt to the front spine and back cover, to keep it from moving around and falling apart.
Or you may adhere a sheet of sponge material or acrylic felt in the layers between the cardboard and fabric (front, spine and back), to “stuff” your cover and soften it a little.
The decision is all yours, the material possibilities limitless.
I have chosen to make an enveloping book sleeve, …
… which also aids with its slip pouches for holding notes and photos. And with its overlapping long side, it protects the pages and materials inside the book from falling out.
12. I’ve added decoration.
13. I’ve also added beautifying corner protectors…
… and a spine protector, which adds some colour and will keep the book longer looking nice.
14. To be able to keep this big bundle of paper in one piece when I transport it, I also added two ribbons, that I’ve attached to the spine of the book sleeve, …
… that I can use for binding the book shut.
This is, what my Book looks like.
I hope you enjoy making yours, as much as I enjoyed the creation of mine.
Much success with it!
If you’d like, you can leave me a picture of your book in the comment section below the post.
I’m looking forward to seeing your diverse and brilliant creations.
Photos by: MT