Yesterday I showed you how I printed my Grace planner in booklet form. Today I’m going to show you how I bound it by hand. You can bind it with a sewing machine, but I don’t have one, and it took perhaps five minutes total, so I didn’t see the need in buying one.
1. COLLECT YOUR TOOLS
Your tools for the binding include: your printed booklet, a ruler (ghetto bone folder), clips, thread, a needle, a hole poker, and a pair of scissors. You need thread that’s about two and a half times the length of your book. If you are binding a thicker book, then you should probably use thicker thread, but I just love this gold one, and I wasn’t too worried about the book being sturdy. For a hole poker, I used an awl that cost me €1.60 from a small craft store, but it’s not necessary (a thick needle should work).
2. MAKE SOME HOLES
3. START SEWING
Tie a knot in the end of your thread. I can’t give you any tips with that, because I’m useless. Put your needle in the bottom hole from the inside out, so that the knot will be inside your binder.
4. COMPLETE THE FINISHING TOUCHES
Use your scissors to cut off as close to the knots as possible.
Use your bone folder or ruler to press the book flat again. If you’d like it really flat, leave it underneath a heavy book overnight.
5. MARVEL AT THE BEAUTY OF YOUR CREATION