My daughter complained to me one night about not having an unused sketchbook. We are a family of many used up sketchbooks, so I wondered if it might be time to look into some bookbinding techniques and make our own. Truth be told, I’ve always been enamored with the thought of bookbinding, but never made space in my life to try it, until now.
It was one of those moments of thinking that making one would be less effort than dragging children across the city to the art store to buy one. Of course, it’s not really less effort, but it’s certainly satisfying.
This is the tutorial I settled on, by James Darrow:
Be sure to read all the way through, including the comments section (for other hints and tips).
I took a few photos of my my experience with his process. Most of the supplies I already had, but I had to pick up spray glue and pressboard (which I found a scrap of at a hardware store for $2.25). Alternatively, you can use dense cardboard (like matte board, etc) if you don’t have power tools and would rather use an x-acto knife to cut. For fabric, if you don’t have scraps, consider upcycling some old clothes.