Hello, in this instructable I will show you how to bind your own small notebook.
I know, there are tons of book binding tutorials on the internet which are often really good, but almost none of them are how real books are made.
In this instructable I will use the same method as book binders do. (But with crappy materials and almost no tools)
It is just way more work and the result will (read should) look just the same but I swear it will be strong and very durable. (Seriously, I messed up at a certain point and just tearing the covers off was quite a challenge)
Why a small book? Well, to make a large book one requires a large industrial cutting machine to cut the large stack of paper with a clean cut. It just doesn't look good without that.
And the result fits in a pocket. Have you ever noticed that pocket-sized notebooks don't really fit in a pocket? Well this one has a hard cover and it fits in a pocket so good that I didn't even notice it was there and thought I had lost it.
Well, this is what you will need:
-Sheets of paper (the thinner the better, printer paper will do)
-A sheet of nice paper (you know, when you open a book there is always an empty page)
-Something to cover your book in.
-pressed cardboard ~1mm thick (covers)
-thin cardboard (back)
-some kraft paper (the brown paper you send things in )
-Needle (to sew the sections together)
-some small flat fabric ribbon (to sew the sections on)
-some fine gauze or mesh (to put on the back of the sewn sections)
-good glue; bookbinders glue
-cutting machine (if you have one, but I don't think it it is really necessary)
-sewing bank (see step 4 last picture)
Step 1: The paper
I will make a book of A8 size.
The size doesn't really matter but A8 is just a normal A4 sheet fold in half 4 times.
Cut your A4 sheets in 8 A7 sheets and fold each A7 sheet in half.
These will make the main body of the book.
To make the sections, put 3 of these folded sheets in each other, later these sections will be sewn together.
Do exactly the same with the nice paper, you need to make only 2 of them.
These will be the cover sheets.
The explanation is also visible in the pictures.