Here’s a book for you to make, which has a page for each day of the week, and one for dates and details.
You will need:
- A long strip of paper for the cover
- Two pieces of paper the same height as the cover and half as wide (see above)
- Thread – i’ve used bookbinder’s linen thread, but you could use thick cotton or wool, as long as it will fit through your needle
- Paints or coloured pencils
*Note: Make do with the materials you have to hand! I used an A2 sheet of cartridge paper, folded in half lengthways and cut. One strip is for the cover and the other was then folded in half widthways and then cut, to make the two pages. The paper is short grain which means it folds most easily parallel to the short side of the sheet.
- Fold the two smaller pieces of paper in half widthways.
2. Design/decorate/embellish/paint/collage your cover strip. The front cover is on the right of the centre line – see above. Remember that the first and last quarter will be folded in at the end.
3. Cut your thread. You’ll need three times the height of the book. Thread your needle now. No need to tie a knot.
4. Fold your cover strip in half widthways. Nest the two smaller pages inside. Mark five holes as above. There’s a template in Bound, if you have a copy, on page 152.
5. Here we are, ready to sew!
6. Start from the middle hole from the outside. Go through the cover and the two folded pages.
7. Then go up one hole and back through to the outside.
8. Now come in via the top hole, down one, then back to the outside!
9. MISS OUT THE MIDDLE HOLE! Instead, skip from the second hole to the fourth hole down and back to the inside.
10. Then take your needle and thread out through the bottom hole.
11. Nearly there! Go up one hole and back to the inside.
12. Finally head out of the middle hole, back to where you began.
13. Here you are, with your needle and thread on one side of the long stitch, and your tail on the other. (The long stitch goes from the second hole to the fourth hole.)
14. Tie a reef knot (aka a double knot) over the top of the long stitch, and trim the ends.
15. Make a little mark with your nail, or a pencil, so that you know where to fold the cover flap. You can also fold the cover round the first page to get the measurement right, if you like.
16. Here’s one cover flap folded in.
17. Now mark and fold the other one.
17. Whoah! That’s your book bound – well done. It’s ready to be filled with your notes, drawings and lists. Keep a record of these strange times, to remember what it was like to stay at home.
You can also find instructions for the five-hole pamphlet-stitch in Bound:15 Beautiful Bookbinding Projects by Rachel Hazell.