Accordion Book with Signatures

The accordion is one of the simplest but most elegant book forms, and it’s one I return to time and again to display prints or photographs. I like to add additional pages by sewing signatures into the valley folds of the accordion. Sometimes, I add just one thick paper signature so I can adhere another 4 prints, as in the video below or other times, I’ll add text weight paper signatures and write on them.

The simplicity of accordion books can be deceptive and accuracy is important when measuring, cutting and scoring your book. Here are a few tips to help you make an awesome book:

  1. If using machine made paper, make sure your paper grain runs parallel to the spine
  2. Before scoring and folding your strip of paper, ensure that it is square
  3. Instead of measuring each accordion panel, use a cardboard jig

Accordion Book

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9 Thoughts on “Accordion Book with Signatures

  1. Jann Ball on May 28, 2018 at 7:23 pm said:

    Thank you. Wonderful i instructions .

  2. Mandy Avery on May 28, 2018 at 9:00 pm said:

    the JIG is brilliant!! thank you so much for sharing your expertise once again. Your instructions are succinct and precise as always and I always leave your tutorials with the knowledge that I can do this!! xxox

  3. Margi Ochs on May 28, 2018 at 10:43 pm said:

    I just get so inspired. Thanks so very much. You are amazing, Ali!

  4. Cheryl Lea on May 29, 2018 at 2:33 am said:

    Thanks for the great tutorial! I have one question…What is the best way to lengthen the accordion section if your paper isn’t wide enough?

    • Ali Manning on June 13, 2018 at 4:15 pm said:

      Hi Cheryl, it depends on the weight of the paper. If it’s fairly thick paper, I would attach them with a narrow strip of the same paper at the join. Or I would make the last page 1″ wider and score at this 1″ line and attach the next accordion to this strip. Does that make sense? If it’s thinner paper, I would nestle and glue the last and first pages of the two accordions together. Hope that helps!

  5. Soni on May 29, 2018 at 8:19 am said:

    Thanks a lot!!!

  6. Loved watching this video, Ali. Thanks for taking the time to make it. So clear and easy to follow.

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