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Bookbinding Techniques 5. - Single Sheet Binding

Single Sheet Binding

This technique suites best when you have lots of individual sheets (or drawings, paintings, etc.) that you would like to combine into one book. It's a relatively easy technique and quite similar to coptic stitch.


  • Paper
  • Board
  • Booktape (optional)
  • Thread
  • Binding needles
  • Awl
  • Scissors
  • Cutting mat

The Method Step by Step

photos from Sea Lemon's video

Optionally, you can use booktape on the edge of the paper where you’ll be binding in order to secure the paper from tearing.

Measure about 13mm from the edge of the paper then mark three holes 2cm apart. Do the same on the other side.

Then pierce the holes.

The same on the cover.

For this technique it is recommended to use bend needle – 6 needles to be exact, as each of the six holes will be bound with an individual thread.

When beginning the binding start with the first hole on the first sheet,

Come back around

And tie a knot in the end.

Go around to the first hole of the cover.

Loop around the thread

Repeat the same with the other holes.

Beginning the second sheet with the first hole. Loop it around the paper,

And then loop around the thread.

Do the same with the remaining holes, then continue it until you reach the cover.

Binding the cover is pretty much the same as binding the sheets.

Loop around the first hole,

Loop around the previous stitch,

And back around the stitch once more through to the inside,

And try a knot on the inside thread.

Cut the excess thread, and repeat the same method with the remaining holes.

And it’s finished!

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