Tag Archives: book binding instructions

DIY Accordion book workshop

2 Aug

In July 2011, I gave a workshop in ‘Binding without thread’. This workshop focused on simple, sewing-free methods of book binding. The particpants made beautiful books with an emphasis on using recycled materials and figuring out alternative ways of making this style of book.

As it was such a sunny day, we did the workshop outside in my back garden – so everybody got a book and a tan that day! Below are the instructions for this complete book, along with a few pictures of the workshop.

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The group were really creative and some used drawings that they had made for the covers. Another participant used cassette tape to fasten the book, tying in with the image on his cover of a cinema and TV.

Secret Belgian binding

26 Jul

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I finally have figured out how to make a Secret Belgian binding using a mixture of these instructions and these useful tips. Thank you fellow binders for sharing them!

If you would like to make this book using these online instructions but with different measurements, here are the ones I used:

Coverboards = height of textblock + 0.4 cms, width of textblock + 0.2 cms;

Spine = height of textblock + 0.4 cms, width of spine pressed down tight + 1 bookboard width (0.3 cms?)

This binding dates from the 14th – 16th centuries and was rediscovered by Hedi Kyle, who figured out how it was done. This book is for sale in my online shop – Milis Books on Dawanda.

Crazy accordion book

10 Apr

Here are instructions on how to make an irregular ‘crazy’ accordion book. This book is really simple to make – I’ve made it with 4-year-olds and 56-year-olds! For young children, it can be simplified more – see diagram 2b – by making ‘half’ the book. This half version looks like a pair of trousers which kids get a kick out off.

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Materials: 1 large piece of paper, card or wood cover, scissors, glue, pencil.


Step 1

Fold in half, then in quarters, length-ways and width-ways.

Step 2

Cut until last fold on each of the 3 creases. For children, get them to mark an X where they have to stop cutting.

Step 3

Fold book using over & under technique.

Step 4

Measure the front and back of book. Add 1cm to the length and width of book. Make cover out of cardboard or thin wood. Glue onto book using appropriate glue e.g. PVA glue for card cover and wood glue for wooden cover.

If you are making a wooden cover, I would advise you to glue a piece of thick card to the end & beginning bookpage and then glue the card & book to the heavier piece of wood.