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Bookbinding Techniques 2. - Concertina

Concertina, or Accordion Fold Book

Folding-out booklets are not only good for interesting ways to sketch, but perfect for display purposes as well. And it's not too difficult to make on your own!

What You'll Need:


  • Bonefolder
  • Ruler
  • Brush
  • Scissors or craft knife


  • 2 Bookboards
  • Bookcloth
  • 2 sheets of paper
  • PVA glue



cut two long rectangles that are the same size.

Fold them in half,

... then fold them like an accordion.

until you have a "W" shape.

If you want more sheets, you can make as many accordion fold as you want to, and you can just attach them together with glue.

To make the covers, get two sheets of heavier paper/cardboard/bookboards that are slightly bigger than your folded booklet. If you want to cover it with bookcloth of paper, cut rectangles that are a few cms/inches bigger than the cover.

Cut the edges of the paper/cloth...

... then glue them and fold them inside.

This is how it should look outside and inside:

Glue the inside of the cover and attach the first sheet of your accordion booklet.

And it's finished!

You can try making the book with watercolour or any other paper for sketching, or you can make a photo album, or something crazy that fits into an artist book.

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