Bookbinding: Make a Pocket-Sized Notebook

Caleb Sylvest, Designer, Developer, Maker of Things

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9 Videos (42m)
    • Introduction

    • Gather Materials

    • Choose & Cut Paper

    • Fold Paper

    • Cut the Cover

    • The Saddle Stitch Method

    • The Staples Method

    • Clean Up

    • Final Thoughts


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!


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


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


Example: close up shot of untrimmed knot


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

112 of 113 students recommendSee All

Caleb is an excellent teacher, explained all the steps clearly and the video was shot nicely to see what he was doing each step.
Great class! Thank you. I am excited to start making my own journals and notebooks.
Great, simple explanation, and easy to follow. Highly reccomended!
Tim Preut

Coffee inspired.





Caleb Sylvest

Designer, Developer, Maker of Things

My name is Caleb Sylvest, I’m a guy that likes to make things. I am a Designer & Developer living and working in Dallas, TX. To me design is a way of life and I like to incorporate good design in everything I do.

Bookbinding is a hobby I discovered and have practiced for years. I love the process of taking everyday items (paper, glue, tape) and crafting them into a functional, beautiful book. I have spent years studying the art of making books and learned many techniques, including perfect bound, pamphlet, coptic, Japanese stab stitching and more. I have made books to sell, give as gifts, for personal use, and for decorative display.

Why buy something when I can make it myself?

My Classes on Skillshare:

Make a Perfect Bound Notebook
Make a Coptic Stitch Notebook
Make a Pocket Sized Notebook

Each class covers a different bookbinding technique. All classes function as stand-alone courses, but you will find many binding methods have similar steps.