Here's another example of a coptic stitch bound book. This is a hiking journal that I just finished making for my husband. For those who were asking about a good tutorial, I too had the same difficulties of following the online ones. Making Books and Journals by Constance E. Richards seemed to explain it nicely for me plus it had some other cool book ideas. I think it is just something you have to try and realize that the first few aren't going to come out quite the way you want. This is my third book and it finally looks pretty decent, but there is still room for improvement.