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Topic: Bookmaking - "Buttonhole Stitch" Binding tutorial  (Read 52623 times)
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« on: April 23, 2008 10:42:14 AM »

This binding technique is in Keith Smith's book Volume I Non-Adhesive Binding: Books Without Paste or Glue...I'm giving credit where credit is due. This is a book that is completely glueless and you need paper for the pages, a cover (paper, cardboard, etc.), and string for the binding, I use waxed linen. Also a ruler, X-acto knife, bone folder, and large needle (pointy is better for poking the holes) are helpful tools.
This is the finished look of the binding...just so you know what you are getting into.

You start with signatures of your paper, any size you want but they must be folded in half, along with your cover paper cut to size, it should be the same height as your filler paper because of the way the string wraps around the top and bottom. The cover paper should be as long as your pages and the width of the spine, I have made this cover longer so that it folds in and makes the cover stonger, also I added a decorative piece to go around the middle.

You need to measure how thick your signatures will make the spine

and then mark it on the cover paper, I have also scored with a bone folder where I am going to make the folds around the pages.

Next you mark where to cut for the hole, it should be about 1/3 of the spine.

Use an X-acto knife to cut the hole making sure to leave the paper to make flaps (this will make it stronger)

Do the same with your decorative paper.

I have cut the holes larger for more interesting detail.

Fold your cover and place your signatures inside, make sure everything fits and mark where the hole is on the folded edges of the signatures.

Take the signatures out and mark the spots on a scrap piece of paper that is folded and the same height as your book paper, you will use this as a guide to punch needle holes in the folds of the signatures.

Once you have punched all the holes you are ready to start tying the signatures in

 you start with a length of waxed linen (I'm sure other string would work but I prefer waxed linen), tie a knot in the end that won't pull through the hole.

Put the needle through the hole from the inside of the signature and through the hole in the cover,

 on this first one you will then loop over and go back through the SAME hole

then to tie the knot send the needle through between the string and the book going toward the LEFT.

You have made a loop to the right of your string, send your needle through this loop coming from the RIGHT and going toward the LEFT again, pull tight but not so tight you tear the paper.

Bring your string through the inside of the next signature so that you are pulling the needle through the outside and repeat the knot until you reach the last one. On the last signature tie the knot and go back through the SAME hole to the inside, if you have enough string left you can then go through the other second hole and start binding on the other end or you can tie it off so the string doesn't back through the hole.

You repeat the process on the other end, except that the knot is backward, you put your needle between the binding string and the book going from LEFT to right

Then you send your needle through the loop from LEFT to right and pull tight.

Repeat until you run out of signatures and tie off the end.

If you have done a decorative strip and it is too short like mine

here is how I made sure it would stay in place without any glue

Trace around the corners after you have lined it up in the place you want it

Cut along the diagonals (if the cover is folded, unfold first so you don't cut through both layers...I have almost made this mistake being excited to be finished)
And tuck the corners in.

And there it is, finished! You can do lots of different covers, even hard backed covers, put in pockets, use different papers, anything you want.
If anything is confusing, let me know and I will try to clear it up!
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« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2008 10:55:22 AM »

Thanks for putting this together!  Awesome.  Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2008 10:55:41 AM »

Amazing, thank you again for the tutorial! I'll be using this style for my Anorexia project. I'll be covering the book in Russian Nesting Doll material, ad the cut-out fits so perfectly for it!

Thank you for the detailed walk through as I was attempting another tutorial a while back and it was never as helpful as you've been.

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« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2008 11:42:37 AM »

great tutorial, thank you Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2008 12:03:44 PM »

Very detailed! Thank you so much I will actually try this tonight ... its explained enough for me to try my very first binding! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2008 12:27:48 PM »

I like this style of binding and will have to give it a try.  Thanks for taking the time and putting the tutorial together.

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« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2008 12:49:22 PM »

Thanks so much for putting this together, it's a great tutorial (and a great looking journal too!!)  Smiley
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2008 02:13:01 PM »

AWESOME thanks for posting that i cant wait to try it i love making my own books so much. its so awesome!!

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« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2008 06:37:11 PM »

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« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2008 09:03:07 PM »

Holy Crap! That's a fantastic tutorial! Now I know what my Thursday project will be!! Thank You!!

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« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2008 08:45:44 AM »

I am so glad you all find it so helpful! Happy bookmaking!
« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2008 11:58:16 AM »

This is just what I needed Shocked (I hate glue)

Thanks so much for putting this together! Smiley

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« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2008 02:20:13 PM »

Thank you for this tutorial

I have everything ready to go but after the first 'loop' of thread in the first signature. I don't know how to get into the second signature to come out through the binding hole and the spine hole.

Do you mean that after the first 'loop' done on the first signature the thread is then put from the outside spine hole through the binding hole to the inside of the signature to then loop over the spine edge.

I hope i'm making sense. Could you post more pictures of this bit? i mean step by step?....starting with the first hole in the first signature?....Gwad i'm confused!!!
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« Reply #13 on: May 05, 2008 11:01:15 PM »

that looks really great. how many pages did this end up being?

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« Reply #14 on: May 06, 2008 06:56:50 AM »

What a beautiful binding! Thanks for this well-done tutorial. The nice photos really clarify everything. Can't wait to try it out!

« Reply #15 on: May 06, 2008 02:16:23 PM »

Okay...to clear this up for you FeeSewBug after the first signature you bring your thread over the spine and go inside the second signature and out through the holes. You always bring your thread out from the inside of the signatures.

And this book has eight signatures, and each signature is two sheets folded. But you can make it have as many signatures as you want and as many pages in each signature as you like (I was using a slightly thicker drawing paper that when folded together didn't nest very tightly.)
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« Reply #16 on: May 06, 2008 02:34:19 PM »

I just used this and I love it!  I'll post pics of what I made soon. I definitely need to work on maintaining a constant tension, but other than that I had no problems!  Thanks for such a great tute!

« Reply #17 on: June 10, 2008 01:56:25 PM »

This is lovely XD I have wisted it for future use  Grin thank you for the amazing tutorial!
« Reply #18 on: July 17, 2008 08:17:47 PM »

What a great tutorial! I just spent a good 45 minutes looking through the Make Me A Journal swap (March '08) and I was astounded at all the creativity in one place. I am bookmarking this tutorial for a future date when I feel confident and ready to take on a new project.

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« Reply #19 on: August 16, 2008 11:04:57 AM »

What a great and simple method!  I've been looking for a binding method for younger kids and I think this may work!  THank-you so much!!!!
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