Bookbinding: Make an Accordion Fold Book

Caleb Sylvest, Designer, Developer, Maker of Things

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13 Videos (1h 6m)
    • Introduction

    • Gather Materials

    • Choose & Cut Paper

    • Fold & Tab Sheets

    • Connect the Tabs

    • Cut Board

    • Wrap Cover

    • Make Tabs

    • Glue Tabs

    • Glue Cover

    • Instagram

    • Clean Up

    • 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.

15 of 15 students recommendSee All

It's not really a common bind, but it's definitely useful even for ideas for other types of binds.
Awesome class and very clear! easy to follow along!
Very clear instructions, much attention to detail, perhaps a little too slow-moving but I loved it and was reminded about the importance of detail.





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.