I spent all day on Saturday February 2nd at a workshop learning how to make handmade books. It was a really enjoyable day 🙂
We made two books, we made them concurrently, but I’ll show you them separately…
For one book we cut out cardboard the size we wanted our book to be, and then cut out a small sliver (we used 7mm) to act as our spine:
You need one for the front and one for the back.
Then cover in paper, fabric or whatever you want.
We were advised to cover the spine first with the book cloth, but I did it the other way as book cloth doesn’t fray, whereas my fabric does. Most people did it the way were we advised. I decided which would be my front and back as my fabric pattern had a right way up.
I still really like this fabric. I bought it ages ago from fabric land and made a crochet hook roll with it, as one of my first sewing projects.
After making holes through the paper and front and back covers, we then sewed it together using Japanese saddle stitch.
The book is lined with paper I took along, which I originally got free from Simply Homemade magazine. This is a good stash busting craft!
I think a book like this would be perfect for a guest book for a wedding, or travel journal, well it could have so many uses!
The other book had a leather coating, which we lined with paper. I used more paper from the Simply Homemade set.
When trimmed to size, I had some lined leather left over. It seemed a shame to throw them out, so following Sian’s from Buttons and Paint suggestion, I trimmed them down to make bookmarks.
OK, they aren’t standard bookmark size, but they will still be useful and a reminder of the day 🙂
Anyway, back to the book…
I folded five lots of paper to make the pages:
We used an awl to make holes in the paper:
Before stitching them into the leather:
When open it looks like this:
I think the lining works well 🙂 Here it is at the back:
I used a button and some thread to secure it shut:
I’m also really happy with this book. The book binding technique can be adapted in many ways and there are a lot of possibilities with fastenings.
I’m now off to order a few bits so I can do this at home 🙂
That’s one of my resolutions for 2013 met – try a new craft.