Bookbinding: Make a Pocket-Sized Notebook

Caleb Sylvest, Designer, Developer, Maker of Things

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9 Lessons (42m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:39
    • 2. Gather Materials

      6:50
    • 3. Choose & Cut Paper

      3:52
    • 4. Fold Paper

      4:58
    • 5. Cut the Cover

      3:21
    • 6. The Saddle Stitch Method

      9:58
    • 7. The Staples Method

      5:26
    • 8. Clean Up

      4:51
    • 9. Final Thoughts

      0:59

About This Class

In this bookbinding class, we will be crafting custom pocket sized notebooks. Pocket sized notebooks are small, easy to carry and easy to make notebooks that are great for everyday use. We will review commercial examples you may see at stores, then review the materials and tools needed to craft our own notebooks. All materials for this project can be found around the house, so you will not need to purchase or find any specialty materials.

Don't worry if you don't think you're a crafty person or have never tried bookbinding. This course is perfect for any experience level!

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Example: a pocket notebook with a Japanese print cover, standard printer paper as textblock, and waxed yellow bookbinding thread.

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Example: a pocket notebook with magazine page cover, gray printer paper as textblock, and bound with staples.

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Example: close up shot of untrimmed knot

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Example: the book made during video lessons. A pocket notebook with heavy cover stock, standard printer paper as textblock, and purple thread.