DIY Hardcover Coptic Stitch Bookbinding Tutorial | Sea Lemon


In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make
a custom hardcover coptic stitch book. Paper is a fairly easy material to work with,
so I like using it on most of the hardcover coptic stitch books i make. This video will
mainly focus on the covers, but I will show you how to make the entire book. Here’s a list of materials and tools I’ll be
using. First off, I’m going to fold all my paper
in half, and run the bone folder across the folded edge. Now stack the pages in groups of 4 to make
signatures. Then Im going to take 1 signature and trace
it on my board, using it as a template to make the covers. For more about the board you can use for the
covers, check out my video here. I’ll also include the link in the description. Now cut the boards out with a utility blade. And now it’s time to wrap the covers. I’m using this Elmer’s craft bond extra strength
glue stick, but you can use PVA glue as well. In my experience, this particular brand of glue stick has been a good alternative to use on paper hardcovers. If you’re covering your book in any other
type of material that isn’t paper, I would stick to using PVA glue. Now take one of your covers and put many coats
of glue on the inside, then coat the outer edges. Then push it down on the center of
the paper. You can flip it over and run the bone folder across to smooth out any air bubbles. Now using scissors or an x-acto blade, cut
all corners at an angle like this. And leave a little gap of paper at the corner tips. Then glue one flap at a time. You can put
a piece of scrap paper down in case the glue gets messy. If you bend the edge over like this, it creases
the paper which helps the flap glue on evenly. You can then pinch over those little gaps
on the corner tips, and continue gluing the rest of the flaps. Repeat the same process on the other cover. After both covers are wrapped, make the inside
covers. For this book, you should be able to trim
these from one 8.5 inch by 11 inch piece of paper. Then glue them onto the covers. Put a lot
of coats on the inside of the cover, and then apply coats onto the outer edge of the paper.
Then press the paper down centered on the cover, and run the bone folder to smooth out. Repeat this on the other cover. Now it’s time to make the holes for binding. I prefer to keep the holes toward the top
and bottom of the book, in order to make the binding a little less wiggly. So I’m going
to take one signature and mark 4 holes 3/4 inch apart on both ends. Then stack all the signatures together, and
using the marked one as a guide, use something with a straight edge and mark the rest of
the signatures like this. Then using an awl, pierce holes on the
marks on each signature, and keep them stacked in their original order. Now take one signature, align it on the cover
about a 1/4 inch from the edge and pierce next to the signature holes. Then pierce the holes completely through so that your needle will be able to go through. Repeat this on the other cover. Now you’re ready to complete your book with
coptic stitch binding. To learn how to coptic stitch bind, click on this tutorial here. You can also find the link in the description below. After coptic stitch binding, your book is finished!
I hope you found this tutorial helpful. Knowing how to wrap your own hardcovers gives you so many more cover design options. If you end up making your own after watching my tutorial, feel free to post a photo on my Facebook page or leave a video response. And leave your comments below. For more tutorials, be sure to subscribe and
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