Sew Your Own Book Signature!

4floral books I made some sweet and simple twenty-page blank notebooks today. Now I’d like to show you how I did it!

First, gather your materials:

materialsTen sheets of paper cut to the same exact size. Mine were 6 x 9″ each. I used a combination of white paper, transparent, and my cover is just a nice floral book illustration that I cut out.

Butter knife (or bone folder if you happen to have one!)

Thumb tack

Binder clip

One piece of strong string, I used waxed cotton cord, cut to three-times the height of your book (mine is 6 inches, so I needed an 18 inch cord).



Exacto knife or box cutter

Step 1: Carefully fold your papers in half, together as one. You use the butter knife to press the edge flat.


Step 2: Use a binder clip to clip the papers together. Then use a pencil to mark three holes along the fold. The holes should be evenly spaced along the fold, but it is not important to measure. Next, use a thumb tack to make three holes through all the papers at once.


Step 3: Now you can sew the signature together! String your cord through a needle and do not tie a knot in the string.

Now, sew through the outside middle hole first.

Once on the inside, take the needle back through one of the other holes.

When on the outside, take your needle across the back middle hole and back in through the last ‘empty’ hole.

And lastly, sew back through the center! At the end, you should have the two ends poking through the back middle hole (so you can tie them…)


Step 4: Tighten your string and tie a few box knots to hold:


Step 5: Your handmade signature is about done, but you can see that the edge is uneven, due to the folding process. You can take a straight edge (I used a ruler) and place all your weight on it in order to trim that edge! I don’t always do this, but it looks quite nice.


Now you have made your very own tiny book signature! Congrats!

Step 6: Flip through and enjoy your new handmade book.


About Lynn Hunter

Lynn Hunter has been working in textiles and instructing at the Textile Arts Center since she returned to NYC after a long stint exploring Europe & Asia in 2013. Outside of TAC, Lynn splits her time between creatively directing at Heirloom, an antique rug company and exploring her erotic rope project Tight Rope.

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