Notebooks Tutorial

Set of 3 notebooksI created a tutorial to make this set of three notebooks with handmade paper covers. They would make a really nice gift for both men and women or a favor at an event. I used the papers from the May 2018 Paper Club, but you could use any heavyweight handmade paper or card stock for this project. If you use machine made paper for the cover, make sure the grain runs parallel to the spine of the book.

About the Binding

The notebooks are sewn using one of the easiest and most versatile stitches, 5-Hole Pamphlet Stitch. It can used on its own to make nice notebooks, but also combined with other structures, such as accordion or concertina bindings. If you are making a smaller book, you could use 3 holes or 7 holes if you wanted to make a bigger book.

Materials (for one notebook)

1 piece of handmade paper for cover, 8.25″ x 8.25″ (21cm x 21cm)
6-10 pieces text weight paper, 6″ x 8″, (folded and trimmed to make a 6″ x 4″/15cm x 10cm signature)
Scrap paper for template, 6″ x 2″ (15cm x 5cm)
Waxed linen thread, 18″ (46cm)
Double stick tape
Ribbon and paper to decorate


Bone folder
Metal ruler
Triangle or square (metal or plastic)
Bookbinding needle
Punching cradle

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12 Thoughts on “Notebooks Tutorial

  1. JoAnn Campisi on April 30, 2018 at 1:12 pm said:

    Thank you for the tutorial – like the inside pocket.

  2. Jean Goza on April 30, 2018 at 7:34 pm said:

    A wonderful tutorial! Thank you.

  3. Great tutorial! Thank you for taking the time to be so clear and thorough. Yes LOVE the pocket too!!

  4. Ali is the best!!

  5. Karen Morningstar on May 1, 2018 at 12:12 pm said:

    This is so simple but so nice. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  6. Phyllis on May 1, 2018 at 7:18 pm said:

    Thank you. Yes, great idea with the pocket!

  7. This looks like the perfect entry into bookmaking for me! Thank you, Ali! xx

  8. Roz on May 8, 2018 at 9:01 am said:

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Your tutorial is very clear. Now I’m off to try my hand at making these.

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  10. Great tutorial, as always, Ali! Thank you so much for sharing. Explicit directions make it so easy to follow.

  11. Diane Parkin on December 11, 2018 at 11:58 am said:

    Your videos are wonderful! Full of tips and hints and well photographed besides.

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