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Bookbinding: Make an Accordion Fold Book

Caleb Sylvest, Designer, Developer, Maker of Things

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13 Lessons (1h 6m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Gather Materials

    • 3. Choose & Cut Paper

    • 4. Fold & Tab Sheets

    • 5. Connect the Tabs

    • 6. Cut Board

    • 7. Wrap Cover

    • 8. Make Tabs

    • 9. Glue Tabs

    • 10. Glue Cover

    • 11. Instagram

    • 12. Clean Up

    • 13. Final Thoughts


About This Class

In this bookbinding class, we will craft custom Accordion Fold notebooks. Accordion Fold notebooks are a different type of book that you don't see every day, instead of have pages that you flip through, the Accordion binding essentially uses a really long sheet and folds it numerous times giving it the semblance of an accordion.

Accordion Fold books are a great way to present different mediums, like artwork, photography, card collections, drawings, writings, and basically anything you can think up. In this lesson, I will be crafting an Accordion Fold notebook to hold printed Instagram photos from my trip to Alaska.

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: Just completed my notebook and wrote the locations below the photos.


Example: Yup, I'm displaying my Alaska book on my fireplace mantle. You can do anything you like with an Accordion Fold notebook, but dang, it is really great for displaying photos!


Example: You can still handle an Accordion Fold notebook like a standard paged book.


Example: My book is 84 inches long. That's 10 pages at 7 inches wide each.


Example: Look closely at the backlit paper and you can see the tight ridges. For my book, I used a laid paper and the ridges you see are from the paper making process.





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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 per...

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