Handmade Books with French Doors

I recently created a couple of books with a French Doors structure. This is a book with two spines and two covers that open in opposite directions (like two doors) and a single back cover. For both I used a coptic binding on the spines, but you could use a simple pamphlet stitch, an accordion structure or a sewn-on-tapes structure too.


The first book is a travel journal that is covered with a Maine maritime map. The closure was make with 2 circles of card stock attached eyelets and tied with waxed thread.


The second book using this French Doors structure has a handmade paper cover and wooden button closure.

French_Doors-BindingThese two books are number 40 in my 50 Book Project . For updates on this project, please sign up for my newsletter.

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5 Thoughts on “Handmade Books with French Doors

  1. lovelydiamond108 on July 20, 2017 at 4:20 am said:

    They are so beautiful – I enjoy esp the 2nd one!
    many ♡ ly greetings sent by
    Sabine from WO(rms) in Germany

  2. I agree with Sabine! These books are so pretty, and I too, especially love the second one. I’m looking forward to seeing the on-line classes you are offering:)

  3. Linda B on July 31, 2017 at 7:47 pm said:

    Beautiful books. Do you ever put a protective coat (such as matte medium) on your decorative handmade papers covers to protect them?

    • Ali Manning on August 2, 2017 at 10:06 pm said:

      Hi Linda, this handmade paper is surprisingly sturdy and I don’t put a protective coating on them, although you could use gel or matt medium if you felt the book would get a lot of rough treatment. Great question!!!

  4. Christine Mero on July 1, 2018 at 8:10 pm said:

    How did you attach the card stock “buttons” to the covers?

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