Do It Yourself Book Binding

An easy little origami paper technique began a new interest for me in bookbinding. I found a blog site post with a link to a PDF file that, when printed out and folded, produced a very useful little 8-page expenditure tracking pamphlet that would save your pocket.

I have found a variety of other sites just recently that deal different design templates for personalized note pad and day scheduler pages that can be printed out on your desktop. Now I wish to bind an appropriate notepad with my own template pages inside.

Saddle Stitching

There are a number of methods to set about making a book. The most inexpensive and most convenient is to saddle-stitch the book. For this method you lay a little stack of pages together with a cover made from card stock, put 2 staples along the  column to hold it together, and then fold it in half. The edges of the paper will not line up completely (an issue that becomes more noticeable as the variety of pages boosts.) At the same time, you can stitch the pages together with a heavy thread rather than stapling. You can also cut the edges with a paper trimmer to even them up. Many big hardbound books are made by gluing together a number of little stacks of pages bound in this way.

Perfect Bound

A typical method of binding is to stack together your pages and after that glue them along the column edge with very strong glue. Search your bookshelf and you will see that your paperbacks are bound in this manner. Since there is no folding – other than the cover – the pages are simple to line up and the edges of the book are spick-and-span. This is described as a ‘Perfect Bound’ book.

Because of its simplicity, I have picked a best binding for my book.

Here it the detailed binding procedure:

1 – Stack your pages together in order. If you wish to make a book with pages smaller sized than 8 1/2 x 11 inches, you can fold the pages in half then stack the folded pages together.

2 – Clamp the pages together along the column edge. You can do this in a variety of methods and you can purchase a press gadget if you want. I recommend a couple of huge springs that you can get at the workplace supply store and a few paint stirrers. Place the paint stirrers along the out edges of the column and secure everything together. The stirrers will help expand the clamps and keep them from expanding or denting the paper.

3 – Take a little piece of sand paper (200 or 300 grit need to work) and rough up the paper along the column edge. This will expose the fibers of the paper and enable the glue to bond strongly with the paper.

4 – Glue the edges of the paper together. Use a little brush or a cotton bud to spread out the glue around uniformly. Wait a couple of minutes and use a 2nd coat and then let everything dry completely.

5 – When the columnhas dried, it is time to glue the cover. Remove the clamps. Fold the cover using the edge of a ruler so that it will cover nicely around the pages. Then, use more glue to the column and place the cover. You might want to secure all together once again while the glue dries.

Your book is complete!

This method is ideal for making photoalbums, journals, collections and more. If you have downloaded an e-book that you want to print type for sharing – print it and bind it. This works on anything that is printable in your computer. Make presents, or simply gather your personal works in a more organized and effective way.

Book Binding – How to Make Your Own Books

You can quickly make your own copies of your files, eBook, and pictures in book type. All it takes is a couple of basic strategies and tools.

Bookbinding How to – Tools

The tools needed to be able to make an easy paperback bound book are quickly found at any home improvement store and around your home.

A bare minimum tool list would be:

  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Brochure printing software application
  • A stiff straight edge such as a backyard stick or a piece of wood about 12 inches long
  • A number of clamps that will secure about 2 inches thick
  • A sheet of card stock for the cover
  • Glue to glue the pages together
  • Wax paper
  • Scissors or a paper cutter

Bookbinding How to – Printing

Print your book on your computer printer. Paper and ink can be conserved by utilizing a brochure printing program.

Pamphlet printing programs can be found by doing a web search. The leading software application uses a free trial variation that will print your very first books. Print your file in pamphlet format. Make sure to print page numbers on the pages.

Bookbinding How to – Cutting and Assembling the Book

If you printed the file in brochure type, you will need to cut the pages apart. Each sheet will have 4 pages. Fold each sheet in half to mark the cut. Place the page with the greatest page number deal with down, place the page with the smallest page number up on top of the other page. Continue to cut and put together the pages till the book is complete.

Bookbinding How To – Creating the cover

The cover for your book can be cut from sheet of card stock and printed on your printer. A great source of cover product is the thin poster paper found in workplace materials and dollar shops. One sheet will provide a number of covers.

Cut the cover height the like the book page height. Make the length two times the width of the book page plus the density of the stacked pages.

The cover will twist around the book in one piece throughout assembly.

Print your cover on your printer.

Bookbinding How To – Putting It Together

Place the cover with the back on the edge of a table. The printing on the cover needs to be off the edge and facing down. Lay the stack of pages on the cover with the column or back edge of the pages at the edge of the table. Make certain to orient the pages so the cover will fold over and be best side up.

Cover the stack of pages with a little bit of wax paper on the column side.

Place the straight edge along the column. Secure the straight edge on both ends of the book as securely as possible pushing the stack together.

Spread glue along the edge of the page stack that is secured under the straight edge. Work the glue into the edges of the pages up until all the pages are filled.

As soon as the glue gets ugly, fold the cover throughout the column. The cover ought to be pointing directly at this moment. Press the cover securely throughout the column.

Bookbinding How To – Finishing

After the glue has completelydried up, remove the clamps and straight edge and then get the book. Fold the cover over the front of the book and crease securely along the column. It will help to place the finished book under a weight for hours to push the cover flat.

Get rid of the wax paper that secured the front cover.

You have now produced your own book by a basic book binding procedure. There is far more to book binding. Keep learning.

Looking at Bookbinding Supplies

materials. There are numerous things that you still need, so you need to ensure that you start with a list. You do not wish to head out to purchase the products you need just to discover that you are missing out on a couple of vital parts of your bookbinding products.

The Kind of Book to Bind

The first thing that you need is to know what you are binding a book for. Perhaps you wish to start a scrapbook that you want to store memories in, of possibly you are going to do a business presentation and you want your discussion book to look great.

Bookbinding Services

Now, you know that you can do this simpler and quicker, which is just if you got another person to do it for you. There are a variety of businesses out there providing this kind of service and the fantastic thing is that you can select from a variety of different designs and styles.

The only issue with that is that you need to pay a fair bit of money to obtain it put one for you. If you did it yourself you will find that it is more affordable which means that doing this yourself will save you money. Now, there is absolutely nothing you can do about the time, but if you want you can always turn it into a side task that you can carry out on your weekends off or on your off days.

Make a List

Now, to start, you will need to make a list of what is required. Before you go and purchase the tools and bookbinding materials and devices you need you need to ensure that you take your time and have a good look around. You do not want to purchase the first thing you see. Everybody has to save a little money nowadays, and if you head out and purchase the very first piece you need to establish your book binding you might find it more affordable elsewhere, which is not conserving you money.

If you own a business, the primary factor you are establishing internal book binding is to save a little money. This is why you need to try to find inexpensive tools and devices. So to start with, what is required?


Covers, you need to ensure that you have covers for your books. You have the ability to get whatever colors you want and whatever style or design you want. There are a variety of online websites offering covers that you can take a look at.

Bookbinding Machine

The other thing that you are going to look, in regards to bookbinding products is the machine you are going to use to do the book binding. There are various methods to bind a book, so you will need to make certain you get the best machine for you and what you are attempting to attain.


There is no book when there is no paper. Be sure to look at the kinds of paper materials available in the store you are in. Consider the kind of book you are trying to make and select the best kind of paper that will fit your purpose.


If you plan on binding manually, you will need glue for paper. Be sure to buy some.

Hand Tools

Again, if you plan on doing manual book binding, be sure to have hand tools like screw drives, scissors, pliers, cutters, and more.

Bookbinding is always a fun craft to do. The process is exciting and the end product is truly satisfying. You just need to make sure you have all the materials and tools needed to do the job.