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The easiest book binding method in the world!

This is a tutorial for my currently favorite book making method. A Japanese style stab stitching cook, it's perfect for making small notebooks, sketchbooks and albums, as well as bigger hard cover books (though I personally haven't tried those.

The benefits of stab stitching books are - since all the pages are stitched together, there are no signatures and so you can bind any number of pages together. Also, there is no glue involve which make this craft a lot less messy (though you won't be able to judge that by how the studio looks right now).



Instructions

  • How to make a bound book. Stab Stitched Notebook - Step 1
    Step 1

    Materials, from left top:

    rubber mallet or a hammer
    2 pieces of patterned paper cut to size
    20-30 pieces of plain paper cut to size
    awl
    ruler
    craft or Exacto knife
    pencil
    floss
    needle
    clips

  • How to make a bound book. Stab Stitched Notebook - Step 2
    Step 2

    Attach all the pages together using the clips, put the clips in about a third from the top, leave at least 1"-2" clear to work on.

  • How to make a bound book. Stab Stitched Notebook - Step 3
    Step 3

    with the ruler and the pencil, mark a straight line on the top part of the book (where the stitching will go). Mark 5 points in equal intervals.

  • How to make a bound book. Stab Stitched Notebook - Step 4
    Step 4

    Using the awl and mallet, puncture 5 holes where you made the marking. make sure the awl made it all the way through all layers of paper and that the holes are nice and even. If you down have an awl, this can also be done with a nail.

  • How to make a bound book. Stab Stitched Notebook - Step 5
    Step 5

    make a knot at the end of your floss and thread it through a needle. Start by passing the needle through the center hole from the back of the book to the front, then loop around the top part of the book and insert the needle again through the same hole.

  • How to make a bound book. Stab Stitched Notebook - Step 6
    Step 6

    Then, pass the needle through the hole to the right of the center hole, and loop around the top part again. turn the book to the back part and move to the next hole to the right (the last one) and loop around it as well. Loop around the side of the book and insert the needle through the first hole to the right again. Then stitched back to the center.

  • How to make a bound book. Stab Stitched Notebook - Step 7
    Step 7

    Repeat step 6 to the left side of the book, then tie a knot at the end and trim the floss.

  • How to make a bound book. Stab Stitched Notebook - Step 8
    Step 8

    Ta-Da! the book is done, you can decorate it with rubber stamps, bits of paper, beads, drawings or whatever you like. Or, if you are too lazy, you can hop on to my store and buy one. Writing the instruction is honestly more complicated then actually making one, there are very few options to where the needle can go and it's really really easy to make.

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Comments

Courtney B.
Courtney B.
One thing you didn't mention is that you will want to wax your thread. It will keep the thread from ripping out of your book.
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Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1369 projects
Thanks for the how-to, I have some fabric I want to try this with.
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aya R.
aya R. · Brooklyn, New York, US · 17 projects
Methatsall - it depends on how rigid it is. If it's a very hard one, you might have a problem opening it, to overcome that it might be a good idea to make the fold with a folder or part cut.

Good idea - I might try it later this week and make another tutorial for that!
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Courtney Couture
Courtney Couture · Keller, Texas, US · 20 projects
if you wanted to put cardboard for the cover, could you do that?
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CO + K User

Woah, this is completely awesome! Thanks for the tutorial!!
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nouk
nouk · 15 projects
Findely I know how to make a note book!=P
thank you really like it
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