How to make a handmade Soft Cover Wrap Around Journal or book


Hi everybody. It’s Lee here. Ive been asked
quite a few times to show how to do a soft cover book with the pamphlet stitch so that
is what I am going to show you today. Now I am not going to go into the details of the
pamphlet stitch simply because i have done other tutorials on it. So I’ll give the link
to that. So, basically as you all wanted a soft cover book either with leather or something
soft on the outside, so as i dont have any leather but I do have grunge paper from Tim
Holtz, so that is what I am going to be using along with watercolour paper. So I am just
cutting down my paper to the size that I need for this little book. Now its quite a small
book so it would be great for something to just stick in your handbag or whatever. Just
at the minute I am checking what size I want it to be. Its a wee wrap over book. I am working
out how i want it to look, including the thickness of the spine. So I think that looks pretty
good there so Im just going to cut down my signatures according to that size. As i said,
this is watercolour paper. Its beautiful paper. I am just making my signatures. Now, if you
need to know how to make signatures or what they are about, I’ll include a link to send
you to the video about signatures. I always do uneven signatures, so I think there is
going to be 5 in this book. It just makes it easier whenever it comes to making the
spine piece. You just find the centre and then that will be your centre signature. So
Ive got the signatures inside the book here just checking that it all fits. I am creasing
the spine a wee bit. Then I am finding the centre and just mark it with a pencil and
that is where your third signature is going to go. Then you can work on either side, there
will be 2 signatures on each side of the wee mark. I have just slowed this down here for
you just to show you. So I am going to mark my sew holes now. So I am marking that on
the signatures. This is going to be a 3 hole pamphlet stitch. So marking it on the edge
and then I just take the rest of the signatures and line that up and just do a wee pencil
mark on all the spine pieces of the signatures. Sorry about my foam mat, its disgusting as
it has ink all over it and holes. Its terrible. I am just punching the holes here in each
of the signatures. And then, Ive got the centre line marked, so that will be my 3rd signature
mark. Thats where it goes so then I’ll put 2 signatures on either side. Im just measuring
out where I want my signatures, how much space I want between them. And again I will show
you a link to how to do the 3 hole pamphlet stitch. So I am lining up my signature and
marking the holes. And then I draw a wee dot for each of the holes for each signature.
And then punch those holes through. Just use a ruler as its easier. And then I just erase
the pencil marks. So as I said, I am not going to go into details in this tutorial on how
to do the 3 hole pamphlet stitch. I’ll put a wee link and you can go follow those instructions.
Now for each signature here I am keeping the threads really long because I want these to
wrap around the book as a closure. But if you want, you can put your own closure on
and keep those short or you can put beads on the end of them. So I am just dividing
them around so this is one way you can do it. So divide it around the flap and then
you can just tie that off. Another idea, what you can do is, to actually do what I have
done here and thats to plait or braid each side of the strings and then just use those
as a wrap. Now you can do any closure you want. You dont have to keep the threads long.
it’s entirely up to yourself, you do whatever you want. These are just a couple of ideas.
So thats how Ive done the wee soft backed book. I hope this helps you out. You can do
this with leather or thick fabric, vinyl…whatever you want. Its entirely up to yourself. Hold
on and you’ll see at the end of this video a little blooper, as per usual with me! Thanks
everybody, bye! Sniff….Awwwww my God I could smell that all night! Sniff!! Yummy! Im so
gross!! Heehee.

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26 thoughts on “How to make a handmade Soft Cover Wrap Around Journal or book”

  1. Paper to Thread says:

    Love the tutorial!! Thank you for sharing! I did buy up all that grunge paper I found on clearance and recently got a chance to play with it. I wish I had found more! The stuff is awesome! Ps. I like the way it smells too.hehe 😉

  2. effie924 says:

    lol soooooo goood to have that kind of weird !!! love the book and so happy you are back 🙂 big hugs !

  3. Dollipop Productions says:

    You are so cute!  GREAT tutorial and hey, I smell pages constantly..anytime I get new paper or a book, that's the first thing I do…we're addicted to paper and it's OK lol!  xo!  Melissa

  4. Nancy martinez says:

    cool tutorial sweetie  TFS blessings and hugs Nancy

  5. Yvonne Preston says:

    Great tutorial, your not weird your just a crafter lol tfs… Yvonne x

  6. Melanie Barnes says:

    Great tut Lee, thank you 🙂 nice to see you back again! I love the leather smell from grunge paper lol! TFS Melanie 🙂

  7. KRAFTY-G says:

    Love it as usual great to hear you and the blooper LOL hugs Gina xxx

  8. Baybeegirl1965 says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! 

  9. Barb Pollitt says:

    Yummy, I have some great leather pieces, left over from the leather cuffs and can make some small soft cover books for the family as little stocking stuffers for Christmas.  I am so happy you reminded me about your books.  No hanging your head in shame, you had a lot on your plate, we are just happy as can be to see you back…hugs

  10. sassyscrappers says:

    awesome tutorial sweetie. Hahahaha I love the smell of grunge board it reminds me of leather.
    hugs Bonnie

  11. ADORNit says:

    Great Ideas!

  12. mskaykrafts says:

    LOL!  Love your Bloopers!!!   This video is perfect for doing a small soft cover wrap which is what I'm doing now.  You do the best tutorials Lee!!   tfs   hugs Claudene

  13. Marion Ginbey says:

    I have just discovered your tutorials. Love your accent and of course you have very informative and inspiring videos. Thank you so much for your efforts. Much appreciated.

  14. Peachy Outlook says:

    Omg im so glad I just stumbled across this. I have had a pack of this grunge paper for ages but didn't have a clue what to do with it until now!!! Can I ask how do you decorate your covers on grunge paper? I was think of tissue

  15. Lucia McGill says:

    Loved your blooper lol. The journal is awesome. I need to get some grunge paper so I can smell it

  16. blueladylikeable says:

    love your tutorials so much, you're a life saver! also love your accent, so cute 🙂

  17. Black Cape says:

    Do you know where can i buy online the type of paper that most books have?

  18. Alexa Charbonneau says:

    I love your accent!!!! I've been trying to learn an irish accent and it's not working. Any tips?

  19. priya c.v. says:

    Hello dear friend….New Subbie here….stumbled upon your channel as i was searching for some journal inspiration…glad to find you…this is my first video of yours….Love your channel…i am sure your channel seems to be like my cup of tea…in case my videos interest you, take a look and sub back…hugs Piyu

  20. jacey says:

    What thread did you use?

  21. Yer Lee says:

    Are there any larger sizes for the grunge paper?

  22. Jenny Westerman says:

    Another super video, thank you for sharing. Could you use this process for fabric?

  23. Amir Mahfouz says:

    Your hand is beautiful

  24. Laura Langley says:

    Can you tell me Crafty Loops what type of string you are using for your signatures?

  25. Julia McNeill Crafts says:

    Great tutorial I have grunge paper that I have never used, so you have inspired me to pull it out & have a play x

  26. Lisa atkins says:

    do you have a facebook group?

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