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Simple Three Hole Bookbinding

by Mina Keenan (follow)
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Sewing a signature for a hand made book is a lot easier than you might imagine. The trickiest thing is keeping the thread fairly taut - just pull the thread each time you put the needle through the holes, and while you do the first knot.

Once you've done this a few times, you might be inspired to never buy journals again! Have a go!


Art and Craft Supplies

Awl / needle / other pointy tool
Thread / yarn / string
Needle
Scissors


Method

To Make a Signature

Gather some pages, line them up and fold two opposite edges together.

Keeping pages together make a hole (through all papers) in the centre of the folded line with the awl.

Make a hole either side of the middle one, and about an equal distance from the centre

Thread your needle, you'll need about two and a half times the length of all three holes of thread

Sewing the signature together


Holding the signature open, pass the thread through the centre hole. (Needle is now outside the signature)

Hold the end thread with your thumb and pass the thread through one of the other holes. Needle is now inside the signature)

Pass the thread through the remaining hole. (Needle is now outside the signature). Apply some pressure to keep thread taut and pages together

Pass the thread back through the centre hole. (Needle is now inside the signature)

Take the needle off the thread, make sure thread ends lie either side of the binding stitch

Sewing signature papers together - Stage 3


Make a square knot. (Knot first with left side thread, then knot again with right side thread or vice versa)

Trim ends

Sewing signature paper together - Finished!


Other
You can start threading from the outer side of the signature if you wish - the knot will be hidden by the spine of the book

You can hold the sides of the signature with bulldog clips to keep the pages togther

In this example the signature has been sewn straight onto the spine of the cover through corresponding holes

Have fun! :)


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