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Simple Hand-Sewn Journals

A few folds and stitches are all you need to learn this simple bookbinding technique from bookmaker Angela Liguori of Studio Carta.

Simple Hand-Sewn Journals

Source: Martha Stewart

materials

  • Glue stick

  • Large piece of heavy paper

  • 10-sheet stack of lighter-weight, slightly smaller-size paper

  • Awl

  • A needle with a 36-inch length of waxed twine

steps

  1. Fold a large piece of heavy paper in half with the grain to create cover. Fold a 10-sheet stack of lighter-weight, slightly smaller-size paper in half to form pages. Nest pages in cover. Use an awl to punch a hole at the midpoint of fold, then punch 2 more holes along the fold, halfway between midpoint and the end of the page.

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  2. Thread a needle with a 36-inch length of waxed twine. Sew through center hole, starting from inside of book, leaving a 3-inch tail. Return through top hole, then exit through bottom hole, from inside of book outward. Finish by returning through center hole.

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  3. Pull thread taut against fold. Knot on top of thread on interior seam. Clip ends, leaving 1-inch tails.

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  4. Close book. Run a bone folder over just the holes on spine to smooth.

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  5. Using a glue stick, affix stamps or other decorative elements to book cover. Press with bone folder to secure.

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