The Printable Template is for a book that measures 7 3/4″ x 10″ but the dimensions are easy to adjust for any size book. If you make a larger book, you might wish to add more sewing holes to your outer binding.
Supplies & Tools
Before we begin this project together, you’ll need to gather some tools and supplies. There are two downloadable versions, one with imperial measurements and the other with metric.
Create Two Binding Templates
This book uses two bindings – an inner and an outer binding. The book block or pages are bound together in the inner binding. And the outer binding brings together all the covers and pages.
The purpose of the inner binding (which you won’t see on the finished book) is to provide extra security for the book in case the covers get damaged. Stitching the front covers will also be a lot easier with this inner binding in place.
Let’s start by creating two sewing templates. I’ve created a printable version for the book size I’m using, but use the same principles to create your own template if you’re making a different sized book.
Sew Inner Binding
First, we’re going to bind just the pages of the book to create the book block using the first template that we created in the last lesson. Note: If you can’t find Tyvek in your local store, recycle a Tyvek envelope.
Sew Outer Binding
Now that the inner binding is complete, we’ll take the second template and punch holes for both our book block and covers. I’m using 2 covers on the front and two in the back because I like how it looks when you open the book. Feel free to use just one cover if it feels right to you.
Finish Your Book
It’s time to put the finishing touches to your book. How about adding a strip of book cloth to the top right corner or adding a title plate?