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« on: October 16, 2012 06:36:15 PM »


covered in cotton quilting fabric from my stash.




the sparkly bat end paper is my favorite part



Ever since a bookbinding tutorial came across my Pinterest feed (http://pinterest.com/pin/69454019224555570/) I have been obsessed with it. I watched a few YouTube videos and read a couple blogs on it until it got to the point where I felt like I just NEEDED to try it. Last night I went to a craft store to pick up the paper I needed, a bone folder, and some endpaper, and that was really all I needed. I improvised the rest of the supplies based on what I had at home. All together I think this cost me around $6 or 7 in supplies, not too shabby! Instead of PVA glue I used a combination of glue stick, Mod Podge, and E-6000. I used heavy books instead of clips or clamps to keep things together, waxed embroidery thread with a candle(it felt pretty silly but I had no snags so guess it worked. And it smelled nice!), used a sharp polymer clay tool to poke holes in the signatures, and made the cover out of the back board of the sketchpad I used for the paper. It might seem like there are a lot of specialty tools you need for bookbinding, but as you can see it's all easily improvised! It might not be the proper way, but it was a really fun project and I'm pretty happy with the results.
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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2012 07:35:45 PM »

Nice work, I love it.  Cute fabric!
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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2012 07:50:10 PM »

Great job!  And I LOOOOOVE that fabric. 
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« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2012 06:31:27 AM »

Great job!  Your first attempt at bookbinding came out sooo much better than mine lol

Super cute fabric and we share a favorite part - the bats are perfect!

Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2012 07:35:27 AM »

Very well done.  You've done a fine job on your bookbinding.  And it's pretty too.
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« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2012 12:13:03 PM »

 Oh my gosh. My sister would go crazy for that! She is a constant list writer (like me) and she loves mushrooms and bats! Fantastic job on the book. It does not look like you were new to book binding. You must be a natural!!  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2012 11:49:27 PM »

Oh my gosh. My sister would go crazy for that! She is a constant list writer (like me) and she loves mushrooms and bats! Fantastic job on the book. It does not look like you were new to book binding. You must be a natural!!  Grin

Thanks! I'm also a big list writer, this book already has my to-do list, a grocery list, and a goal list. You should give bookbinding a go sometime and make yourself a nice book of lists!
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« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2012 10:35:46 AM »

Beautiful!!  I always wanted to bind a book.  Maybe I will give it a try.  Your fabric is so cute. Love the endpaper.
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« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2012 12:18:27 PM »

Great job, this looks really cute!! I've always wondered how bookbinding is done!
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« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2012 10:14:20 AM »

Good job! I also use embroidery thread for my books. Trying to make do with what you have is great, although some things are very handy. I love my real bookbinders needle to sew my signatures. Normal needles have tendenceny to bend.
Are you going to make more books?
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