Life costs too much already without all the creative supplies we need to keep going. Binding your own sketchbooks could help save you some pennies.
Seperate your paper in to equal piles. Make 3 or more piles consiting of 5 or more sheets. You can use any kind of paper you like. Fold each of the piles in half. These are called signatures. Make 3 or more signatures depending upon how much paper you have and how big you want your sketchbook to be.
You will need a sheet of card for your cover. This should be atleast 2cm longer than your sheets or paper and about 1cm wider.
Draw out the spine in the center of the card. The spine should measure ï¿½cm for each signature. So if you are using 4 signatures the spine should measure 2cm etc. Score along the lines of your spine and fold in to the shape of the cover.
Mark out 4 lines in on the inside spine of your cover. The lines nearest the edges so be atleast 2cm away from the edge and the rest should be spaced equally. Mark these 1, 2, 3 + 4 working down.
Cut slits along each of the lines.
Take the signatures and mark the equivelent 1, 2, 3 and 4 points. Make holes at these points using a pin.
Thread up a needle with some dental floss. You will need 2x the height of the spine for each signature that you are using.
Thread through point 3, leave a long tail. Go around the outside of the signature and enter through point 4.
Loop around the bottom of the cover and thread through the back of point 4 on the cover.
Thread back through point 4 on the signature.
Thread down through point 3 of the signature and the cover.
Thread on the outside through point 2 of the cover and the signature.
Turn the book over and tie the tail and the thread together.
Thread through point 1 of the signature and the cover.
Thread up over the top and back through point 1, down through point 2, around the outside of the cover of the signature but not the cover.
Thread back through point 3 on the cover, but nor the signature. You are at the point where you started. Take another signature and repeat the threading process.
When you have added all of your signatures. Tie the end of the thread around one of the bound pieces of thread and in to a knot. All you have to do now is cover your book. You can use wrapping paper, posters, fabric or even ribbons.