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What You Make of It - Japanese Stab Binding


Hey Crafters! I'd like to give a huge thank you to Bley from Bibliophile for providing this amazing tutorial. Please head over to their Etsy shop for amazing handmade journals, books prints and more. I encourage you to try new things, and use vintage or recyclable materials when you can and enjoy yourself.

From This....................................To This!

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Gather Your Materials:


Gather all your materials before you start to work. Make sure you have a space where you can cut using a utility knife; an old piece of plywood makes a good cutting and work surface.


  • Book      board, available from art supply stores (enough to cut two covers, the      size of the book you want)
  • PVA      glue (available from art supply stores)
  • Utility      knife
  • T-square      or metal ruler
  • Glue      brush (I like to buy cheap brushes on sale, then I can throw them away      when they get nasty)
  • A      container to pour small amounts of glue into (an old sour cream container      or the like)
  • Drill,      such as a Dremel tool, OR an awl
  • Decorative      paper for the covers and optional endpapers
  • 1/16      inch ribbon to coordinate with the cover paper
  • Large      yarn darning needle
  • Any      miscellaneous papers you may want to decorate the cover with
  • Paper      for the inside pages of your book, however many you may want

Download bookbinding_tutorial_copyrighted1.pdf

All contributed content in this tutorial © Bibliophile} Please do not copy or redistribute without permission.

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jodi barone

Thank you for this enlightening and demystifying tutorial...running to get, but not with, a drill.

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