This is not hard to do, I promise. When I was teaching 5th grade gifted and talented students, I had small classes of 15, which enabled me to do a lot of projects with them. When the children were studying poetry, I taught them how to make these books to keep their poetry in. We made our own marbled paper and the books were so beautiful!
Tutorial- Japanese Stab Binding
10 pieces of text-weight paper, 4 x 10 ½ inches
2 pieces of cardstock, 4 ¼ x 11 inches
Piece of coordinating art paper like mulberry, approximately 4 ¼ x 2 inches
Scraps of cardstock, to protect the cover when clamping
Craft glue, sheet of double-stick adhesive, or xyron
34 inches of waxed linen thread, cord, ribbon, or other thick thread (metallic looks great)
Beads with a large enough hole to hold the thread
Jump rings or bras wire to make your own
Charms, beads, etc. anything to dangle from the book
Small brush with water
Three small binder clips
Blunt large-eyed needle (tapestry needle)
NOTE: waxed linen thread works best, but I have used many other types of thread and had success.
1. Fold the paper pieces and the cardstock pieces in half. The cardstock should be 4 ½ inches high x 5 ½ inches wide. Stack the text pieces into a neat stack inside the cover pieces with the folds of the covers at the fore edge and the folds on the text pieces at the spine. In other words, the folds on the cardstock will be toward the open part of the book. The folds on the text pieces will be toward the binding. Score the cover 1 inch away from the spine (the open side, not the folded side) to ease the opening. Set aside.
2. Use a small brush dipped in water and a ruler to “mark” a waterline along the long edges of the decorative art paper.
3. Let the water soak in a few moments and tear off the paper along the edges, giving it a feathered appearance. Allow to dry.
4. Clamp the book stack on the top, bottom, and fore edge with the binder clips. Keep the book stack clamped until the book is stitched. When dry, glue the paper to the front cover and fold the paper around the spine to the back cover. Glue this also and let dry.
5. On the back of the book stack, 3/8 inch (1 cm) from the spine edge, mark hole placement at
· 1 ½ inches (3.8 cm) and 2 3/.4 inches (7 cm) from the bottom edge
· Mark another hole at ¾ inches (2 cm) from the spine and
· 2 1/8 inches (5.5 cm) from the bottom edge.
6. Using your chosen needle and your chosen thread, cord or ribbon, start on the front of the book and go through hole 1to the back of the book, and leave a tail of thread about 5 inches long. On the back, come around the spine to the front and through hole 1 to the back of the bookOn the back of the book, go through hole 2 to the front of the book, around the spine to the back of
the book and through the same hole. One the front of the book go around the top edge of the book to the back and through the same hole to the front.
8. On the front, go through hole 1 to the back. On the back, go around the top of the book to the front and through hole 1 to the back.
9. On the back, go through hole 3 to the front and around the spine to the back and up through hole 3 again. On the front, go around the bottom edge to the back and through the same hole to the front. On the front, go through hole 1 to the back.
10. On the back, go around the bottom edge to the front. Stitch the thread underneath the center stitch
(rather than going through the hole) to anchor the thread and tie the thread off in a square knot using
both ends of the thread.