How to Sew a Book


Bookmaking is a great hobby to pursue. You can make your own journals or sketchbooks from scrap paper you have lying around the house, and use some cardboard or cardstock as the cover. This process gives you free rein over the way the book looks. After you're done, you can decorate the cover however you wish, even adding some personal pizazz to it. Sewing a book together is also one of the easiest ways to bind a book and keep it together.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Cardstock
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Paper clips
  • Thimble
  • Fold all the pages and cardstock in half.

  • Place the cardstock behind the folded pages.

  • Paper-clip the pages and cardstock together to keep them in place.

  • Double-thread your needle and knot the thread.

  • Put on your thimble to protect your thumb.

  • With the pages open to the center, push the needle down through the fold about 1/4 of the way from its bottom edge. The knot at the end of the thread should now sit on the fold.

  • Move the needle and thread about 1/4 of the way from the top edge of the fold, and punch the needle up through it.

  • Pull the needle up and away from the book's pages.

  • Move the needle back toward the place where you first pushed it--where the thread knot now sits, about 1/4 of the way from the bottom edge.

  • Push the needle down through the fold.

  • Continue stabbing the needle and thread through the two holes you've created, making kind of a loop with the thread. Do this three or four times until you are satisfied it is secure.

  • Tie off the thread at the end with a double knot.

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