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EDIT: since people are apparently having trouble (lol), you need to DOWNLOAD this tutorial to see the full view. come on guys xD

part II: [link]


ok so like i said, i've been working on a book binding tutorial, since i know that i would've been so grateful for something like this back when i didn't have a clue how to make a book but really wanted too :D

this took me all day, so i hope it's helpful, and i hope you can understand what i'm going on about xD some parts were really difficult to explain in writing...
and it includes all my secrets, so i hope those of you who do give it a go appreciate it!

obviously this is only part I, and it includes making your covers and inside pages. hopefully i'll be able to put more work into finishing it tomorrow, otherwise i won't be able to get the rest up till after christmas and you'll all be stuck with half a book lol!

this is going to be the same style of book as this one: [link]
in case you were interested in having a look at what it will look like when it's done :)

ANYWAY. if you do take a stab at bookmaking and you use my tutorial give me a shout, i'd love to see how you do!

and if there are any questions so far, post them here and i'll gladly answer them if i can ;)
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Given 2009-12-07
coNstantine2530 noted me with BOOKBINDING TUTORIAL part I by =lenoki "I think everyone should be able to make books.. it's such a cheap, easy thing" says the author, and I must agree. This tutorial covers every aspect of what you need to know about bookbinding, making it really fun and appealing. When I first read it, I couldn't help but to fetch the materials and start one of my own! ( Suggested by coNstantine2530 and Featured by UnicornReality )
clumsydemonwithfire Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014   General Artist
OH wow, this looks like fun! I'll have to give this a try! (I tried bookbinding once a few years ago. The book is still in one piece, but it's hard to open and close. xD)
paul-bookbinder Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
A fantastic tutorial, thanks for taking the time out to create it!

I was wondering whether you might give me permission to reproduce your post on my bookbinding tutorial website iBookBinding ( I will give full credits to yourself and link back to this page or any other you request.

There are many fantastic tutorials on the internet about bookbinding but it seems that few bookbinders use Deviant Art (at least from from what I know based on conversations with many bookbinders) and as such, resources like this are missed by many which I think is a real shame.

If you would allow me to do this I would be extremely grateful,

Kind Regards,
ShockedOx Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
wow! This is awesome!
I have a little question! :3 

Would this still work even if I am not using folded paper? (I mean, If i just want to sew pages together that are not folded, let's say, A4 sizes. Or shall I get A3 and fold them?)

I need to print some works and then make a book out of them; but calculating the space that needs to be left on the inside for anything that needs to be read afterwards is really hard!)
Any suggestions? ;w;

Thank you! Wonderful tutorial <3 
lenoki Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
Not this technique - you need the seem in the middle of the two pages in order to sew them together. It's possible to bind individual sheets without folding them, but it's a lot harder and involves a longer process that's much more tedious!

You shouldn't need to leave a particularly large space! Because it's a hand bound book it's never going to be as tight as a normal machine-bound one like in the shops, so it's easier to open the pages and as a result you see almost 100% of the paper. You'd only need to leave something like 5mm on the inside edges to be extra safe. Best thing to do is to bind a test book first ;) Which I recommend anyway for anything even semi professional or as something you plan to show to other people, because usually the first time you make something there's always going to be mistakes (unless you magically fluke your way through without a single hiccup), whereas the more practice you have the more you'll be able to use your intuition with things like placement of content and binding tightness etc.
ShockedOx Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Sure! It makes sense haha I should really practice some (several) times before doing this to show others (usually I suck doing manual things like this, but I hope I can manage!)!
Looks like fun, though! Thanks for replying! :3
I'll see my way around the tedious process, or just see how I can manage with single pages ;w;
Thank you! And awesome tutorial btw <3 
FalkJunge Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial, but i'm not finished my book for now. folding all these sheets stressed me a little bit -.- :D
lenoki Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
Keep trying! :)
edheene Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great tutorial, used it here: [link]
Riemea Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for sharing this great tutorial, it's super helpful! It has been featured here, together with part 2 :)
And congrats on the DD, it's well deserved!
Charlene-Art Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You have been featured here: [link]
BenihimeTheCat Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
I'm going to start making books in the new year, and this is a fabulous tutorial! Thankyou!
EuphoniumLove Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Student Artist
Thank you for this tutorial! My writer's club is selling books of great pieces, and this will certainly be a cheaper way to do it!
Sorodisi Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is aWESOMEEEE!
MyartMystyle Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
This tutorial is so handy! Thank you for taking the time to make this tutorial. :D Will definitely try this out one day. :)
Rainbow-ilicious Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I used both of your lovely book making tutorials to make two books: [link]
FanticyFanGirl07 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
I would love to make my own book using your tutorial, but the writing is to small foe me to read and when I try to zoom in, the words become fuzzy. What should I do.
lenoki Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
as i wrote in my description, you need to download the full version. on the right side of the page under the tutorial there's a link. if you can't find it, ctrl + f and type in "Download Image" and it will show you where it is on the page.
FanticyFanGirl07 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Oh, okay, thank you.
Husgryph Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
click "download" :)
FanticyFanGirl07 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Oh, okay, thank you.
DeathInTheReaper Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is something I have always wanted to learn. I'll be faving this for later use!
attemptedhumorist Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I always wanted to learn how to bind books but thought it was too hard. Your instructions make it look simple. Thanks
FleurduFeu Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
this is so cool!
z-t-l-fire Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
um...if I download this will I be able to read the text?
lenoki Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
of course
Shattered--Stars Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
I'm looking into making books, and I have a question. Do you have any idea where I might get some nice A4 paper? I don't want to use regular printer paper and I was looking for something with a little more weight to it, like sketch paper or something. I have no idea where to look and it's driving me crazy.
lenoki Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
easy, any art supply store will have a wide range of good quality A4 paper.. or otherwise you can just use a nice thick watercolour or sketch paper from a pad; if you want to make an A4 book just buy an A3 sketch pad and there you go. that's what i use.
Shattered--Stars Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
TuffMuffins Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!! <3 I needed a tutorial like this! :D
Blazingwire Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
Ive been looking for a tutorial like this forever! thanks!
lenoki Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
no problemo
Serafiana Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really wanna try this out right now! :D
I have most of the things at home already, but I can't figure out what pva glue is in German and where to get it ... :(
Are there any alternatives to it?
lenoki Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
pva is just normal craft glue! like.. the white liquid kind that dries clear ;) you can get it anywhere; supermarket, newsagencies, art shops..
blushingstar Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for making this! I've been looking for a good tutorial that explains on book binding. However though, I'm still confuse on sewing the signatures together. :(
cloudbunny786 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks a lot! this helped much!
Litle-Noa Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
wow cool,i'm gonna have fun this summer XD
ashtonwingz Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
this is awesome!
Sonrisaanimada Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
I have been looking for a bookbinding tutorial for a while... Now i've found it and it's great.

Also, thanks for commenting the things we could skip or substitute, it really helps to know you donīt need to buy all of the materials for making only one book. :-D
DeamonOfSorrow Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010   Traditional Artist
Really interesting, i think i should try to do bookbinding XDD
astraldreamer Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't wAIT TO TRY THIS!!!!
xmoOshay Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Student
You've got me interested in trying to attempt book binding again xD

Wonderful tutorials!
lcuadrado Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
Great tutorial! I will surely try my hand at bookbinding sometime, it looks fantastic :)
Oocura Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
I love your tutorial! I've been drooling over it for months and I finally scraped together enough stuff to give it a whirl.
My attempt, if you're interested: [link]

Again, thanks so much for taking the time to make this tutorial! It gave me hours of nerdtastic fun.
tienfong Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
thanks, awesome tutorial =]
TheyUsedTo Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is a really great tutorial.
It's very clear and helpful :)
thanks for sharing
lenoki Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010
Craftn00b Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
Good tutorial!! I can't wait to use this technique.
lenoki Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
LadyNovaDragon Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Student General Artist
i have always wanted to try this
FantasyChinaStory Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
thank you!!
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