Step 1: What You'll Need
-an X-acto knife
-an awl (or anything sharp like a pin)
-a bone folder (or other flat object)
-bookbinder's thread (or any thicker thread can be used)
-several sheets of paper of your choice (I used 8 pieces of 8.5"x11", but anything will work the same)
-a larger sheet of decorative paper or cloth for the cover (You can use newspaper, cut up old sheets, as long as its large enough to be 4x the length of your chosen pamphlet size).
Step 2: Getting Started
Step 3: Measure and Cut Out the Cover
Step 4: Marking the Holes
Fold your cover paper on the extra 1" mark. Then line up this fold with the rest of your folded, marked paper. Once the creases are all lined up, use your awl (or other sharp pin tool) to poke through all layers of paper on the marks you made. This step will make it easier to sew through later.
Step 5: Sewing
I will label the holes 1, 2, 3, 4,and 5, reading from left to right for clarity.
Start in the middle hole (3) either from the inside of your pamphlet or the outside. Whichever side you choose to start from will be the side your knot will end up in; if you want your knot to be unseen, start from the outside of the fold (the side with the cover).
Go into the middle (3) as the starting point, leaving at least 2 inches of thread out of the hole, and go left, going in through the next hole (2) in the paper. Come back out on the other side and go left again into the last hole (1) on the left. I started in the center (3) and went out through the outside of the pamphlet, back in through the 1st hole to the left (2), back out through the last hole to the left (1). Now we start to come back through the 1st hole to the left (2), back through the center hole (3) and move on to the 1st hole to the right (4) of the center. Then we go back out through the last hole on the right (5), and back in through hole (4).
At this point you have done all of the sewing and should be left with the extra 2 inches of string that you kept from the center hole (3) in the beginning, and the extra string from hole (4), with the ends on the same side of the pamphlet you started on. There should be string connecting all of the holes on the outside of the pamphlet, and all of the ones on the inside except for the space between hole (3) and hole (4), which is where you will tie the knot.
Double knot to be sure your sewing doesn't come undone! Cut off excess string.
Step 6: Folding the Cover
The 1 inch flap should be on one side of your folded pamphlet, with the long sheet extending on the other. Fold the longer side over on itself, matching your fold to the edge of your pamphlet, so that the loose end of your cover is coming back towards the center of your pamphlet. Use your bone folder or flat object to flatten this crease.
Then fold the loose end back over the center of the pamphlet, over the stitching and 1 inch flap, towards the other edge of your pamphlet. Flatten the crease.
Next fold the last part of your cover back over itself to match up with the crease where your stitching and extra flap are. Flatten crease. You will be attaching this last part of the cover to the extra flap.
Step 7: Finishing the Pamphlet
If your pamphlet is not completely flat and you want it to be, you can clamp it between two stiff boards or leave it under heavy books for a few hours.
Now you are finished constructing your softcover pamphlet! You can apply these techniques to other types of pamphlets or combine pamphlets into one large book!