Paper Bag Books
I'm starting to fill up my Japanese stab bound book section. I was inspired by some beautiful paper with cherries on it. The paper is Lotka type paper and is nice and soft and supple yet strong.; perfect for making a stab bound book. I've done some simple stitches on the notebooks.
I also was inspired by a paper bag from a retailer who shall remain nameless. It was the snowflakes . It seemed like a no-brainer for this time of year
So now I think I'll try my hand at something more complicated. I'll be referring to
which has instructions on how to sew every kind of stab stitch in the galaxy. Stay tuned.
So the paper bag book came from an idea for a sketchbook which is on my bench right now. This is also from the same retailer who shall remain nameless. I stuffed the sketchbook with my favourite Fabriano sketch paper.
One last book. I was gifted a few sheets of ancient sheet music in London by my instructor at my first ever bookbinding course. I used a sheet on a book cover I made. Then the cover sat on my bench for a few months. I was so stuck with this cover and fresh out of ideas. I even tried to peel it off the cover. It seemed to have melted into the cover and became one with the cover.
Then, the other day I was looking for paper for a slipcover. I came across some with musical instruments. It was too small for the slipcase, but gave me an idea for the music sheet book cover. Here it is.
I still have to do some sanding on it and more altering. Sill wondering what kind of paper to use for the inside. But it's progressing.
I've always been terrified of making slipcases. This fear is second only to making boxes. But lately I've been dreaming about making slipcases. They add a certain elegance to a book. I have also been looking for a nice way to protect my journals and sketchbooks when mailing them to their new owners. So I thought I'd give it a try.
Once I dug in and started to look for patterns for a simple slipcase I discovered it was absurdly easy.
After assembling the the case I was somewhat horrified that it looked like a paper VHS case. Not the dignified look I was after. However it's a good basic case to slip over the book for mailing.
You can make this case with a heavy card stock. I'm using a 110lb or 297gsm card stock that I bought to make greeting cards. To make life so much easier I recommend you score your folding lines.
To figure out where to put the spine measure the centre point. This paper is 11" wide so I put the centre point at 5½". Then you can centre the spine on that centre point and simply draw the lines for the spine by tracing down each side of the book. For the width of the book lay the book flat against one of the lines for the spine and trace the outside edge of the book. So now you have your measurements.
The top and bottom foldovers will always be the same width as the spine. So if you have a 1" spine then each foldover will be 1".
I used Kraft paper for the first one. I put a 2" hand punch halfway into the cover to make the semi circle. Good for pulling the book out. I'm glad I did as I had some trouble getting the book out of the wrapper.
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Using thin tissue and Japanese papers in notebook bindings.
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CBBAG Islands Course
Double Spine Notebook
Fixing A Bookbing Cradle
Making Book Cloth
Using Thin Papers For Covers