Emma here. I’m very excited because next week I’m instructing our Hand Stitched Collage Journal workshop here in the store! Bookbinding can sometimes be a tricky business, and there are a lot of steps that need to be followed. So I’m making an instructional pamphlet for everyone to refer to during the workshop, and take home at the end.
Hand stitched pamphlets look really impressive and are super easy to make, so I thought I’d share a quick guide on how to sew one!
First, you want to layout all your pages. If you’re doing a double sided pamphlet like I did, this can feel a little weird because the layouts tends to look backwards. The trick is to count how many pages you have, then find your 2 middle pages, because these will be facing each other, and will therefore be printed on the same sheet of paper (I had 8 pages, so my middle pages were 4 & 5). Then, work backwards from there. If your middle pages are 4 & 5, then the back of that page is 3 & 6.
Once you have the pages laid out, print or photocopy them so they’re double sided. You can also make a separate cover in a different colour if you want to get really fancy!
Now it’s time to assemble your pamphlet. Put all the sheets together in order, and fold them in half. I used a bone folder to get a really nice crease (available in store for $9.95).
Next, I created a template with 3 holes in it: One in the centre, one near the top and one near the bottom (the last two should be equidistant from the centre).
Put the template in the middle of your pamphlet and punch the same three holes through your pages. Measure out your thread (2x the length of your spine) and thread your needle. I really love sewing with the waxed linen thread we have in the store (20 yards of 2-ply for only $4.50!). The waxy coating helps ensure you don’t rip through the paper you’re sewing.
Begin sewing in the centre hole, leaving a 1″ piece outside your pamphlet. Sew back out the top hole, then all the way to the bottom hole. When your pulling your stitches tight, make sure to gently pull parallel to the spine to further prevent ripping. Resurface through the middle hole and tie the two ends together.
And voila! This is one of the easiest forms of a book to make, and I love making little pamphlet books for my family and friends. Come check out our enormous in store selection of 8.5 x 11 papers, perfect for pamphlet making!