How to bind a book with string? It’s easy! Just follow these simple steps and you’ll have a beautiful, professional-looking book in no time.
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Are you interested in learning how to bind a book with string? This interesting technique is perfect for creating unique and customized journals or photo albums. Best of all, it’s a relatively simple process that anyone can do at home with just a few supplies. Read on to learn more about this fun craft project.
What You’ll Need
-Ruler or measuring tape
Binding a book with string is a simple way to give an old book new life, or to display a collection of small keepsakes. All you need is a needle, thread, scissors, and a book. Choose a thick thread that won’t break easily, and make sure the needle has a large eye so the thread doesn’t rip. You can bind your book with any type of stitching you like, but we recommend a basic running stitch.
Step One: Choose Your Book
The first step in binding a book with string is to choose your book. You can use any type of book, but it works best with a hardcover book. Once you have your book, you will need to remove the spine. To do this, simply hold the book in your hands and carefully pull the spine away from the book.
Step Two: Cut Your String
Now that you have your string, it’s time to cut it to the right size. For a standard book, you’ll want to cut two pieces of string that are each about 18 inches long. If your book is particularly thick or has a lot of pages, you may want to cut your string a bit longer. Once you have your two pieces of string, lay them down side by side and tie them together in the middle with a simple knot.
Step Three: Measure and Mark Your String
Now that you have your book and your string, it’s time to get started on binding your book! Take your string and measure it around the perimeter of your book, adding about two inches to account for the knot. Once you have your measurement, cut the string and set it aside. Next, use a pencil to lightly mark where the holes for the string should go. Make sure to space the marks evenly!
Step Four: Punch Holes in Your Cover
Punching holes in your book’s cover is an important step in the binding process. You’ll need to use a hole punch to create two evenly-spaced holes along the spine of your book. Once you’ve punched the holes, thread a lengths of string or ribbon through each one. Make sure the string is long enough to allow you to tie a knot or bow at the end.
Step Five: Thread Your String
Now that your endpapers are glued in place, you can thread your string through the holes and start binding your book!
Thread a long length of string through the first hole in the front cover, underneath the front endpaper, and out through the second hole. Then, thread the string back into the second hole on the front cover, over top of the front endpaper, and out through the third hole. Repeat this pattern until you’ve reached the last hole on the front cover.
Next, thread the string over to the back cover and repeat the process, starting with threading under the back endpaper and out through the first hole.
Step Six: Knot Your String
Now that your signature is attached to the spine of your book, it’s time to knot your string. I like to use two knots on each end of my string so that the string is extra secure, but you can certainly get away with just one knot on each end.
To tie a double knot, first make a regular overhand knot. Then, thread the tail of the string through the loop created by the first knot. Finally, pull tight to create a second overhand knot. Repeat on the other side and trim any excess string.
Step Seven: Trim Your String
After you have cut your string to the correct length, you will need to trim the ends of the string so that they are even. You can do this by holding the string up to a light and looking at the ends. Trim off any uneven bits of string until both ends are even.
Thank you for taking the time to read this guide on how to bind a book with string. I hope you found it helpful and informative. Be sure to practice your new skills before you attempt to bind a real book, and if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me.