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

Caylee Grey :: How to Hand Bind a Booklet

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

Caylee Grey :: How to Hand Bind a Booklet

Caylee Grey :: How to Hand Bind a Booklet

Hold your pages together with clips. You don’t want that baby moving around. Poke holes into the spine equal distance apart. They don’t need to be equal distance, but for the sake of your sanity (and since the book is going to be looking rustic enough already with the hand sewing), keep them equal distance.

3. START SEWING

Caylee Grey :: How to Hand Bind a Booklet

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.

Caylee Grey :: How to Hand Bind a Booklet

Hand sew to the top, and then turn your direction around and sew the missing links.

Caylee Grey :: How to Hand Bind a Booklet

Continue until there are no missing links, get your thread on the inside again, and tie another knot.

4. COMPLETE THE FINISHING TOUCHES

Caylee Grey :: How to Hand Bind a Booklet

Use your scissors to cut off as close to the knots as possible.

Caylee Grey :: How to Hand Bind a Booklet

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.

Caylee Grey :: How to Hand Bind a Booklet

The holes and the stitching aren’t perfect, but that’s what handmade with love looks like.

5. MARVEL AT THE BEAUTY OF YOUR CREATION

Caylee Grey :: How to Hand Bind a Booklet

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