I have a problem. I love bookbinding. I love making lovely books. But when I’m done, I can’t do anything with them. I love them too much to give them up, and they’re too pretty for me to risk marring their pristine pages with writing or sketching. So I have about thirty very nice, very blank books taking up precious space on my desk (too nice to put with the books on the shelf where they could be damaged by a certain 3-year-old. I kind of got over it with this book:
But it was the least pretty out of all the books I’ve bound. So I decided to make a bunch of books that are really quick and made with inexpensive materials:
They’re all bound with pamphlet stitch. Pamphlet stitch is so simple it’s barely even bookbinding. But after making a bunch, I realized how freeing a cheap book could be. It’s like a little steno pad–a completely risk free, non-daunting format. I’m loving it, and I’m already filling them up as fast as I can write. They’re the perfect size to fit in my scriptures case to take notes at church or to slip in my purse to write when inspiration strikes while I’m about the town. And so easy. You just fold a stack of paper, give it a cardstock cover, and sew it up like this:
Give yourself an odd number of wholes and start in the middle. I like to start from the inside so my knot and tails are on the inside, but if you start from the outside and make your tails extra long, you can wrap the string around the book to keep it closed. When you sew back down the spine, note that you skip the middle hole until you come back up.
To secure the book thread, tie a square knot over the thread around the thread that spans across the middle whole, like this:
If you’re worried about the knot coming undone, you can wax up your thread using a candle and it won’t ever come undone unless you want it to.