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Bind Your Own Book

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Learn how to bind your own hardcover or soft cover book!

I recently bought a book on bookbinding.* It was a valuable resource, I changed a few of the instructions to suit my needs. This instructable presents a a method of bookbinding using ribbon and thread to hold a number of small booklets (signatures) together.

*Real Life Journals by Gwen Diehn
 
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Step 1: Gather Materials

Picture of Gather Materials
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Materials:
  Ribbon - 1/2 inch
  Thin hemp cord or thread
  Cover material
  Paper - for pages and concertina
  Glue stick

Tools:
  Needle
  Awl
  Ruler
  Weight
  Tape

Step 2: Making the Signatures

Picture of Making the Signatures
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To make the signatures you will need the paper you are using for the pages of our book. Cut enough sheets of paper that when doubled, you have the desired amount of pages in your book (ex. you want 100 pages, so cut 50). Cut the paper to the desired height and twice the desired width of the finished page.

Then fold each sheet of paper in half, hamburger style*. Stack anywhere from 1 to 8 sheets together, depending on the thickness of the paper. Repeat until all sheets are used. 

*so the folded paper has the dimensions of the finished pages