Last year I learned the coptic book binding stitch. I wanted to take a live class but couldn’t find one locally, so I turned to the internet. Online is a wonderful place to learn new skills, including bookbinding but it can be hard to sort through the different options and the quality of tutorials is variable.
With that in mind, I’m sharing with you today the 4 best coptic bookbinding tutorials that helped me learn this technique.
Creativebug’s Coptic Binding Class
Jody Alexander’s class on Creativebug is hands down the best class out there. It’s the one that finally helped the binding click for me. It’s just over an hour long and is broken down into 11 short videos. Jody is an experienced, professional bookbinder and it really shows through in the quality of the class. And although you have to pay for the class, it’s totally worth it. And there’s a free trial you can use. I highly recommend it!
Sea Lemon’s Coptic Stitch Binding Tutorial
I love all Sea Lemon’s DIY tutorials on YouTube and especially her Coptic Stitch Binding Tutorial. It’s a lot quicker than the Creativebug class running at only 12 minutes long and a great place to start.
How to Make a Sketchbook Using Coptic Stitch Binding
If you prefer photo tutorials, then Isabel Moseley’s tutorial on Canada Arts Connection Magazine is for you. It has 40+ clear photographs which take you step by step through the process.
Chain or Coptic Stitch Bookbinding Tutorial
Linda Tieu shows a great step by step process on her blog Tortagialla with about half as many photos as Isabel’s blog post but it’s equally as good. I like how she uses a curved needle to create her cute little book.
If I’ve missed your favorite coptic tutorial, please let me know in the comments. And don’t forget to share this post with your crafty friends on Facebook and Pinterest using the buttons below.