Introduction: How to Make a Single Signature Book, a 5 Minute Project (okay, Maybe 8)

About: I am a bookbinder turned jeweler, I love making things and love sharing techniques and learning new things. I make my living selling what I make, I hope those of you who want to do the same, can too :)

I love this book, it is simple, classic, a great place to start and can be used in 10000000s of ways.

To get started you'll want to cut your papers to preffered size, this one is 4x8 (4x4 when folded), the inside pages can be flush with the cover or you can cut them smaller to create a border. Remember that your cover needs to be a bit longer (about 1/4 inch) than the folded pages to cover the width of the fold.

Step 1: What You'll Need:

1. A threaded needle (ribbon, raffia, yarn, embroidery thread, you can use just about anything)
2. An awl or large needle
3. Scissors
4. Interior pages, 15-25 is a good place to start, you don't want to make it too thick.
5. Cover paper. (cover paper should be about 60lbs or heavier).
6. Optional; clips and bone folder.

Step 2: Folding Your Signature

Fold inside pages and cover separately, use a bone folder or your finger to make an even crease.

Step 3: Lining Up You Pages.

Center your pages inside your cover, use a clip or your fingers to hold them in place.

Step 4: Making the Holes.

Use your awl or heavy needle to punch 3 evenly spaced holes through the papers and cover. I find it easiest to start with the center hole.

Step 5: Starting to Sew

Take your threaded needle and go in the center hole from the outside of the book, leave a tail at least 3-4 inches of thread/ribbon.

Step 6: Keep Sewing

Go out through the bottom hole and back in through the top, pullng the ribbon gently to make it snug. This creates a thread/ribbon seam along the back.

Step 7: Finishing the Bind

Sew back out through the center hole. Make sure your tail is on the bottom of the seam and your needle goes out over the top. Gently tighten the ribbon so it is snug on both sides of the book. Cut off the needle.

Tie a knot with the ends of the thread/ribbon, make sure your seam is in the center of the knot. Cut the tails to desired length and you’re done! Now you have a single signature book and you can easily make a million of them!

Step 8: All Done :)

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