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Great for Holiday Gifts!
Learn how to make your very own journal, sketch book, or calendar! Great for holiday gifts!

If you’re trying this yourself, you’ll need:

* light weight cotton paper (pages)
* book-board (covers)
* binders needle, thread, and awl
* glue
* decorative paper for the covers

Posted by Maria K. from New York, New York, United States • Published See Maria K.'s 2 projects »
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  • How to make a bound book. Make Your Own Journal! - Step 1
    Step 1

    Cut the cotton paper in the size of what you want your page to be x2 (each paper you cut will be 2 pages, back and front.)

  • How to make a bound book. Make Your Own Journal! - Step 2
    Step 2

    Fold each piece of paper in half, and straighten fold with a bone folder.

  • How to make a bound book. Make Your Own Journal! - Step 3
    Step 3

    Put each folded piece of paper inside the other. If you have more than 8 pages, make more than one booklet.

  • How to make a bound book. Make Your Own Journal! - Step 4
    Step 4

    Make sure the spine is aligned, (clip pages together with binder clips if necessary) and measure points .5 inches from either side and 2 inches in from either side and mark them with pencil on the spine.

  • How to make a bound book. Make Your Own Journal! - Step 5
    Step 5

    Poke holes on each of the marks you just made on the spine. Make sure you poke straight down, so the holes stay in the spine on each page.

  • How to make a bound book. Make Your Own Journal! - Step 6
    Step 6

    Thread your needle leaving about 2 inches extra. Starting on the outside of the book, thread the needle through the first hole all the way to the center of the book. Then thread the needle through the second hole back to the outside. Keep threading until you go through the fourth hole and end up back on the outside of the book.

  • How to make a bound book. Make Your Own Journal! - Step 7
    Step 7

    When you get back to the outside, pull the string tight and tie each end of the string in a few knots.

  • How to make a bound book. Make Your Own Journal! - Step 8
    Step 8

    You can put the booklet aside and start to prepare the covers. Cut two pieces of book-board a little bigger than your pages.

  • How to make a bound book. Make Your Own Journal! - Step 9
    Step 9

    Cut decorative papers big enough to wrap the covers, and glue them on. wrapping each paper around the back.

  • How to make a bound book. Make Your Own Journal! - Step 10
    Step 10

    Once you’ve wrapped both covers, it’s time to glue the covers to the booklet.

  • How to make a bound book. Make Your Own Journal! - Step 11
    Step 11

    Glue the first page of the booklet to the inside of the front cover. Then glue the last page of the booklet to the inside of the back cover.

  • How to make a bound book. Make Your Own Journal! - Step 12
    Step 12

    Now wrap some book cloth around the spine, and you’re done!

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Steph.
Steph. · Reading, England, GB · 212 projects
What a cute idea! ^^
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sgrey22
sgrey22 · Webster, Massachusetts, US · 1 project
thanks so much for the tutorial Happy i just made one. i'll have to remember to post it later.
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Maria K.
Maria K. · New York, New York, US · 2 projects
Sure, no problem! Let me know how it goes Happy
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DollBox
DollBox · Tacoma, Washington, US · 1 project
This is a really great idea, and I really needed a journal too! Thanks! Happy
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Maria K.
Maria K. · New York, New York, US · 2 projects
Thanks Aine! Happy
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Aine  H.
Aine H. · Ireland, Indiana, US · 4 projects
I <3 this!
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Aine  H.
Aine H. · Ireland, Indiana, US · 4 projects
I <3 this!
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Maria K.
Maria K. · New York, New York, US · 2 projects
Let me know how it turns out! Can't wait to see your version Happy
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Sweet C.
Sweet C. · Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, CL · 5 projects
thanks maria!!!

I usually can't find the specific materials because nobody imports them to my country.... I will try using regular fabric to see if it works! Happy
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Maria K.
Maria K. · New York, New York, US · 2 projects
Hi Sweet C,

The black rectangle in step 10 is the back cover of the journal-I just covered it w/ black paper.

Book cloth is a special material-it is available at any craft or art store that has bookbinding supplies. You can try using a regular fabric instead, but I don't know how that will work.

I hope this helps!
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