Long Stitch Journal with Handmade Paper

One of my favorite types of long stitch binding is this long stitch with packing. It’s a good beginner binding because each signature is sewn in individually.

I wrote a tutorial for this binding with a leather cover but it can also be made with a thick handmade paper cover. Here I used the pink paper from the June Paper Club.┬áScore two lines 1/4″ from the first and last row of stitches to form the cover.

Long Stitch with Packing Journal | Vintage Page Designs

Quick Tip

Add a strip of card stock or bristol board to reinforce the spine. Secure in place with glue stick or double-stick tape before punching your sewing holes.
Long Stitch with Packing Journal | Vintage page designsAnother great thing about this binding is that you can use different thread colors.

Long Stitch with Packing Journal | Vintage Page DesignsSupplies


  • 1 x cover paper, 6.25″ x 12″ (16cm x 30cm)
  • 4 x 4-page signatures, 6.25″ x 9.5″ (16cm x 24cm)
  • 1 x strip bristol board, 1.25″ x 6.25″ (3cm x 16cm)
  • 4 x 18″ (46cm) thread

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One Thought on “Long Stitch Journal with Handmade Paper

  1. Merilyn Wood on June 13, 2019 at 7:15 pm said:

    Thank you Ali for this tutorial. I shall be trying it on my next book. I like the idea of using different coloured linen. Directions very easy to follow. Regards Merilyn.

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