How to do Bookmaking – Book Cover : DIY

How to do Bookmaking – Book Cover : DIY


Hey, everyone. Thanks, Gremlin. That’s real cool. Hey, everyone. A little while ago I made this book because I wanted to show you guys how to sew this little headband right here. Since I was only showing you how to do the headband, I didn’t go into detail about how I did this cover, but a lot of people have asked me to do a tutorial on how to do this cover, that’s what I’m going to do today. So, let’s get started. You’ll need a 𝐭𝐞𝐱𝐭 𝐛𝐥𝐨𝐜𝐤—I linked down below to a video where I show you how to make one. 𝐃𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐩𝐞𝐫, 𝐁𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐜𝐥𝐨𝐭𝐡—I’ll leave a link to where I bought my book cloth. This is leftover from ‘way back a few years ago when I took a book arts class. In fact, this is actually my last piece. 𝐁𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐛𝐨𝐚𝐫𝐝 or some type of non-corrugated cardboard. I’m just using the back of one of my sketchbooks. 𝐏𝐕𝐀 𝐠𝐥𝐮𝐞 and a glue brush, a ruler/speed square, an 𝐗-𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐨 knife or scissors, and a pencil. Take the measurements of the text block: The width, the the length and the width of the spine. Before cutting the book board make sure you’re cutting it with the grain running up and down. To figure out the grain, gently fold the book board top to bottom and then side to side. You’ll notice that one way gives more than the other. The grain runs parallel to the fold that gives more. For me, the grain runs this way. You want to cut it that way because when it’s exposed to any kind of moisture, even humidity, it curls with the grain, so it’s best to have it curl with the length of the text block because then it won’t mess up the spine. When you start gluing it up, you’ll probably see how it curls with the grain. Cut two pieces that are as tall as the text block plus ¼” by the width of the text block, and then one piece that’s as tall as the text block plus ¼” by the width of the spine. Mark about one-fourth to one-third in from the edge of the front and back pieces. If you want you can be really precise, but I normally just eyeball the measurement and go from there. Place one of the cardboard pieces onto the bookcloth, lining the mark you just made up with the edge. Mark around the book board so you know where to place these pieces later. I actually do this afterwards, but you may as well do it now. ¼” from that, place the thin book board piece. Another ¼” from that, place the last piece of book board. Transfer the mark from the book board onto the bookcloth and then cut that extra bit off. And, as I was editing I realized you probably could just measure these pieces without having to use the book board pieces like I did, but whatever. The less measuring I have to do, the better. On the top and the bottom you want there to be ¾” of extra bookcloth. Cut two pieces of decorative paper as wide as the ⅔-ish portion of the front and back book board pieces plus 1″ and as tall as the book board plus 1½”. Spread the glue onto the ⅔-ish portion of the book, extending the glue ¼” past the line that you marked. Place the decorative paper, making sure to match the edge of the paper with the edge of the glue line. From the corners go out about 1/16″ and from that point make diagonal marks like so. Cut these off. Apply glue and fold up and around. If you don’t give yourself the 1/16″ then when you glue the tabs in you’ll have a little bit of book board exposed on the corner. Glue the spine piece onto the bookcloth. Apply glue to the book cloth and put the cover pieces in place. I like to keep my ruler lined up with the spine so I can easily line up the other covered pieces. From the middle of the ¼” gaps, go down 1/16″ again, and from that point mark small wedges like so. They shouldn’t be wider than the gap. Cut these out, apply glue, and then fold them up and around. Mark ½” from the spine on both sides on the text block. Apply glue to the top page except for the bit that’s closest to the spine. If you don’t leave this part unglued it’ll make it harder to open the book nicely. Place the text block into the cover, glue side up, with 1/16″ edges around the text block. Close the cover, which will glue the top page onto the cover. Flip over, open and repeat this on the other side. Cover with some heavy books for a few hours while it dries. And then it’s done. I hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial. If you did, please leave a Like. If you want to see more then feel free to subscribe. I post art videos every Tuesday and DIY videos every Thursday. You can follow me on Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, and Twitch, and I’ll leave the information to those down below. Thank you to my patrons for helping me produce this video. If you are interested in becoming a patron then I’ll leave a link right up here and you can go check it out. If you have any questions or suggestions for future videos please leave a comment down below and I’ll see you next week.

19 thoughts on “How to do Bookmaking – Book Cover : DIY”

  1. I have a suggestion for a future video! You think you could teach us how to make a Traveler's Notebook? Not just the normal ones that are a piece of leather and elastic, but nice ones with pockets, border stitching, and maybe even spine reinforcement? I've been obsessed with them lately and I have yet to find a tutorial that I like that has more than just the basic notebook guidelines. It would be great if you did 😀

  2. Awesome video. I'm in the process of making a small book, and your video gave me some great ideas for the cover. Thanks!

  3. I love your bookbinding videos, and so helpful about not gluing the front and back pages of the textblock all the way to the cover. I've been having trouble with mine and you're the first one to mention that tip in a video I've seen. Love your videos!!!!

  4. i honestly don't know where to find book board here in Cali. Ive tried to find out in my local craft store like Michael's or even Johannes but no luck. Do you have any suggestions?

  5. Excellent video. Great information shared, some I knew. I always glued that spine tab. Now I know why I suffer ripping at that inside edge. Thanks!

  6. Im reavhing peak nerd bc i wanna bind a little book then hollow it out to make a box for my dnd dice

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