How to make a single signature 5 holes hand sewn binding with fold outs and string button.
Needle and Thread,
optional: stack paper guillotine
1. Start by collating the pages in the right order
2. Divide in two stacks pages to be folded and pages to be cut.
3. FOLD stack: carefully use the bone folder to crease the fold-ins
4. CUT stack: trim the paper in eccess. Use the folded pages as a guide for correct size.
5. Re-collate the two stacks in the correct order. Put on a side.
6. Take the cover, fold along the spine, use a bookbinding awl to open five holes across the gutter. Do the same with the text pages.
7. Use needle and thread to saw together cover and pages as a single signature, let at least 8 cm of thread to come out from the spine.
Tie a knot in the thread at the end.
8. Use a stack paper guillotine to trim the upper and bottom part of the booklet.
9. Not too quick: some pieces of scrap paper must be added to have a clear cut and to protect the foredge.
10. Fold along the white border to create some “folder” space.
11. Saw a small square of thick paper on the back of the booklet.
12. Use the thread in excess coming from the spine to close it.