Why make them?? Because they are the easiest book to make because no sewing is involved.
And because you can do this with them.
My Sennelier USKsketchbook.
Nice heavy paper but only one length of paper. Too short. Another reason to make one. Dull black cover.
210″ small Moleskine accordion
Or the famous moleskines. Again a dull black cover. Great length but the paper is terrible now that they are outsourced to China. Watercolor and pens will bleed they to the back so you can’t use it.
So now that we know why we need to make one lets get started and gather our supplies.
Book board or heavy cardboard
2-3 sheets of All purpose paper such as Stonehenge.
Fabric for the covers – cotton muslin or sateen
Exacto knife or carton cutter
Self healing mat
Parchment paper. Glue won’t stick to it.
Let’s get started!
Sorry not to have better photos. I am out of town. No wifi no fabric or glue. I will update this when I return home hopefully next weekend showing how to cover the book board.
Measure the width of the paper.
Divide the width of the paper by 3 or 4. I made books ranging from 5″ – 7 1/2″ tall. I got three to four strips out of each piece of paper.
Most books are 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ tall or 5″ x 7 1/2″ size.
Folding the paper
Measure and mark your strips. It’s easiest to cut them with the Exacto knife or a rotary cutter but I like the look of ripped paper edges.
Ripping the paper.
An easy way to get the torn edges is to fold your paper across the width and crease it with the bone folder. Then SLOWLY slide the bone folder along the crease ripping the paper. Roz Stendahl (Www.rozwoundup.typepad.com) has a you tube video on how to do this. http://youtu.be/pzlXHZ0f3kg Amazingly easy.
The paper accordion folded.
Next fold your strips in half. Crease with the bone folder. Mark your fold lines either every 3 1/2″ or every 5″. Fold like a fan or accordion.
Joining the pieces. There will be a tab of extra paper left on each end of your strips. Remove the tab from one end. Cut the other tab down to a 1/2″. You will use this to glue the strips together.
PUT THE GLUE ON THE BACK OF THE STRIP WITHOUT THE TAB AND GLUE THE TAB TO IT. AS IN THE PHOTO.
BE SURE YOU GLUE ALL THE STRIPS TOGETHER ON THE SAME SIDE OR YOU WILL HAVE SOME TABS ON BOTH SIDES. YOU WANT THEM ALL ON ONE SIDE.
If this frustrates you you can also use Washi tape to join your paper.
You can glue as many strips as you want together. The small moleskines have 210″ of thin Chinese paper in them!! The larger moleskines have 124″ of thin Chinese paper.
Just remember that heavier the paper is the fatter the book.
Cut the cardboard covers 1/4″ bigger than your paper strips. Cut your fabric about 2″ bigger than your cardboard pieces.
Spread glue on the board evenly. Be sure to cover the whole board. and apply the fabric. Smooth the fabric with your bone folder removing any wrinkles and bubbles in the fabric.
Mitering corners /Gluing sides. OPPS a wrinkle.
(This photo is from a tutorial I did on how to make a pamphlet stitch sketch book.http://scquiltaddict.blogspot.com/2014/10/day-96-sketchbook-part-2.html?m=1)
Miter and glue the corners. Trim the fabric diagonally down before you fold and glue the corners.
Neatly glue the sides down.
Glue the paper to the covers. (I am not happy with the wrinkly paper. In later books I glued paper over the fabric covered board to make the end papers smoother.
You are done. 👍 See not so hard.
This webpage has great instructions with pictures. http://www.designsponge.com/2013/03/bookbinding-101-accordion-book.html
Thanks for looking!!