DIY Hand Stitched Bookbinding Notebook Tutorial
The goal this year is to add more creative projects to my blog. You can view my experiments on IG @dreamsplansideas, for all things paper related, and @creativeroute for more robust projects like wooden beaded home decor.
I’m in love with notebooks, so I thought, why don’t I hand stitch my own! Decades ago, I took a class or two, but recently I’ve taken a few more to freshen up on my skills. One of the most memorable is a zoom class by Sarah Matthews, be sure to check out my Studio 78 Podcast interview with her. Another was a Skillshare course by Maribel Reyes.
This video shows the saddle stitch; however, I’ve also seen the looped version I’m demonstrating referred to as the chain or hitch stitch. I hope you enjoy my tutorial. It is my first handmade notebook in a while, so bear with me!
01:00 Bookbinding Supplies
02:24 Planning Out a Bookbinding Project
03:19 Prepping Book Binding Materials
09:28 How to do the hitch stitch for bookbinding
- Size: 6 x 9 (closed)
- Stitch Type: Loop
- Bookbinding needles
- Binding clips
- Bone folder
- Corner rounder
- Tombow Dot adhesive
- Fiskars hand drill
- Paper cutter
- Paper: Flow Magazine + Anthropologie bag (cover + inside prints); 15 sheets of Strathmore medium surface (inside)
- Waxed linen thread or linen thread and wax (some people wax their own thread)
- White pencil
- Xacto blade
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