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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)
-sewing wire
-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
-bad glue
-cutter
-cutting machine (if you have one, but I don't think it it is really necessary)
-sand paper
-sewing bank (see step 4 last picture)

handy:
some clamps
flat boards
weights


 
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One of the best instructables I've seen!
Great! Now if I can only find a way to print a book that small.. Love the instructables will try it.
thehbird9 months ago
What material did u use for the cover and if u wanted to make another color along the spine of the book how would you do that
Sparticles (author)  thehbird9 months ago
The material is called 'Book cloth', but you can use whatever you want for it.
And if you want another colour along the spine, you can do it in exactly the same way. But with a smaller piece only for the spine (and a small part of the covers). And then you can add cloth with an other colour for the rest of the covers. But you must look out for difference in thickness of the materials.
sokamiwohali11 months ago
pretty good 'ible dude...may I suggest you look on youtube for a girl who goes by Sea Lemon? she has great tutorials on hand binding books and maybe you could tinker around with your design using some of her techniques. her video on binding the text block (follow this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGQ5P8QVHSg&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PL2F704E01F80BA1E9) and her tutorial on making the case binding for the text block (follow this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Av_rU-yOPd4&list=PL2F704E01F80BA1E9) are really great and I made a text block with little complication. just a though. not trying to stomp on your parade here.

but nonetheless great job on your first ible!!!
Sparticles (author)  sokamiwohali11 months ago
Thanks! That's an amazing youtube channel.
And yes, my instructable uses a different technique. It is the technique I learned some time ago.

I have been wanting to redo this instructable for a larger book in a more serious and clear way with better photos. (Larger books are way less clumsy/messy) But I just don't get to it.
sokamiwohali11 months ago
pretty good 'ible dude...may I suggest you look on youtube for a girl who goes by Sea Lemon? she has great tutorials on hand binding books and maybe you could tinker around with your design using some of her techniques. her video on binding the text block (follow this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGQ5P8QVHSg&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PL2F704E01F80BA1E9) and her tutorial on making the case binding for the text block (follow this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Av_rU-yOPd4&list=PL2F704E01F80BA1E9) are really great and I made a text block with little complication. just a though. not trying to stomp on your parade here.

but nonetheless great job on your first ible!!!
Arrioche1 year ago
Thanks.
Arrioche1 year ago
What material did you use for the book cover? I can't tell from the pictures.
Sparticles (author)  Arrioche1 year ago
Hello, in English it is called book cloth. (It feels like linen on the outside). But you can use whatever you like.
Ben mon vieux !!!!…
Je vote !!!… Je vote !…
J'ai tout bien compris à part le moment avec le papier de verre à la phase 6 (step 6).
Bravo.
A quand un livre avec un mouvement à la Anomalocaris ? ;D

Moi-même j'ai plein de livres dont la reliure est cassée et ton job est une bonne source. L'ennui c'est que ce sont des livres brochés dont la colle a séché. Chaque page est indépendante et je n'ai pas vraiment envie de faire des feuillets, ce que font les relieurs traditionnels. Nettoyer la colle sèche et réenduire de colle appropriée ne marche pas. Je cherche (faiblement) un moyen. Si je le trouve je le publierais ici. En attendant si tu as une idée… 
Encore felicitations !…
Sparticles (author)  vincent75201 year ago
Bonjour! Merci Beaucoup!

Le papier de verre est utilisé pour 'aplanir' les côtés du livre.
Normalement on utillise une grande machine à couper pour coupér une petite tranche des côtés. Mais je n'avais pas accès à une machine comme ça.
Donc j'ai essayé à utiliser papier de verre et ça marchait bon.

Je crois qu' enlever la colle (avec un petit couteau) et réenduire est la meilleure solution. (avec une grande machine à couper c'est facile et vite mais vous perdez un peu de papier)
Bonne chance!
This was a great instructable, it turned a boring day into a project day!!!
Sparticles (author)  instructageek1 year ago
Glad I could help with that.
I love it! I could use it for my doll-house you know :)
Bill WW2 years ago
Congrats on the win!

Bill
EtCetera1122 years ago
AWESOME!!!!
Sparticles (author)  EtCetera1122 years ago
Thanks!
ravenking2 years ago
What a great idea! I think would make a fun gift or journal for writers or artists when they travel and want to take quick notes. :)
Thomas K2 years ago
I was very intrigued at this idea, and wanted to try it out for myself, but found the instructions a little difficult to follow. Would u mind try adding some diagrams to your instructable, as I found the explanation a little vague, and think the instructions would be easier to follow with more annotations and diagrams, instead of pictures.
I hope to start on one soon, so wish me luck!
Sparticles (author)  Thomas K2 years ago
So, in the sewing part I have added 3 schematical drawings that more clearly show you how the thread is used to bind the sections together.

This was probably the most unclear part (white wire and white paper). And textually it is hard to explain with 'go in, go out, go around,...'.

So now there is a bright red line with arrows showing the direction and movement of the string.

I will add some more of those, they were surprisingly easy to make I must say.


Also, pleace specify the steps that are rather unclear for you. I did this all by memory so it could be that some steps are less intuitive than I think they are.
(Though I have written down virtually anything I have done)



(With diagrams you didn't mean flowcharts and such did you?)
Nope, I just meant diagrams! :D
it really is SOOOOO much clearer now! I now just need to find that patience of mine that I left somewhere, just so that I can start on this project. Wish me luck!
Sparticles (author)  Thomas K2 years ago
Great!
Good luck!
It really isn't that much work, just a lot of small steps.
True that! I tried it last night with some scrap paper, wanted to have an idea of what it's like. Seems like what a friend told me was right: "It's a job with someone with OCD!" :O
Sparticles (author)  Thomas K2 years ago
How charming of your friend.
But I don't have an OCD so having one is not required.
It may require some patience though.

You know, try to do as much as possible just to try and then, do a second one for real and it will go so much faster and fluent. It takes only a couple of hours work.
Sparticles (author)  Thomas K2 years ago
Yes, some diagrams could be helpfull in the sewing part.
I will make some this afternoon.

And I sometimes reference to the pictures in the explanation, there are multiple of those squares that show text when you hover over them.

Thanks for the feedback!
That is SOOOO cool!
cl0ney2 years ago
Wow!!! Great job! Thank you!
Sparticles (author) 2 years ago
Thanks for the great comments (and the pro-membership).
I'm glad my instructable is appreciated.
spotyguy2 years ago
What a great instructable !
czarek462 years ago
Great Job! Very professional.
oli11222 years ago
This is amazing.. brilliant photographs and clear explanation. That little book is so cute :)
Brilliant! Great photos and explanation, too. :D