mercredi 9 septembre 2015

Pamphlet stitch tutorial and a giveaway

Hello all. Today for Workspace Wednesday - and because I've been asked to - I decided to share a tutorial for a pamphlet stitch. This is an easy bookbinding method and is the one I use for the notebooks I sell in my Etsy shop. You can see these here.

There is a giveaway at the end of this post so make sure you read till the end.

The variation I will show you today is a three hole pamphlet stitch. You will need four-six sheets of paper depending on thickness (I would recommend computer paper to practice on and then try 'fancier' paper when you are used to it), an awl (or pointy tool to make holes), some thread (or embroidery floss; I'm using waxed thread because I have some but no need to go out and buy this), a needle (I'm using a blunt bookbinding needle but a regular one should be ok as long as the thread can go in the eye) and scissors.

I'll be using this kraft paper that I won in a giveaway held by Caylee. Each sheet is 8 x 5 inches. This means by book will ne 4 x 5 once folded. You don't want to go bigger than 10 x 7 inches unfolded because then you'll need stronger thread and more holes. Fold all your sheets in half lengthwise and nestle them like so.

Next, measure your thread. I usually do twice the height of my book and add a little extra to be sure. Thread your needle.

The next step is to punch the holes. I usually go straight in and eyeball it. If you want perfectly measured holes, make a template and punch through that. I usually make the middle hole first. Take your awl and while holding the papers tightly together, punch through all four sheets.

Make sure to go go clear through the spine.

Then, make a hole on the top and one on the bottom of the center hole.

When looking at the spine, you should be able to see the holes clearly.

Now th actual binding part. Start from the outside and run your needle through the middle hole toward the inside.

 Pull until there is just a little piece of the thread left.

Then, go to the top hole and thread from the inside out.

Pull tight while holding on to the tail of the thread that is in the center hole so it doesn't get pulled out.

Now, from the outside of the top hole, go directly down into the bottom hole, skipping the center one.

Pull tight.

You are on the inside again. 

Go through the center hole, from the inside out and pull tight.

 Now, there are two strands coming out of the middle hole on the outside. Make sure there is a strand on each side of the thread that runs from the top hole to the bottom one, like so.

Tie up the two strands, trapping the middle stitch in between them.

 Voilà! YOU DID THIS!!

If it's nice and tight you should get nicely bound pages.

The center stitch on the inside should look like this.

I went ahead and made four of these cuties in an ombré color scheme. I'm giving these away right here on my blog! 

To win these, write in the comments below this post how you would use these mini-journals.

Open to all, don't forget to leave your email with your comment so that I can contact you if you win. I'll pick a random winner on Friday September 11 at 6pm eastern. Good luck!

Please tag me on any photos of your books, I'd love to see them :)

16 commentaires:

  1. Yey! So trying this! :D Thank You for putting it together and please enter me in the giveaway <3 I need these mini journals to work on top secret projects... ;) xoxo

  2. I would use one for each grandchild. A little mini book of each with photos and notes from Nene. I actually have a mini book with holes punched waiting for this tutorial. Thanks for teaching us. :)

  3. Vanessa these are great and so cute. I'd have them in my handbag at all times as I've been trying to doodle and sketch on my work breaks to give me a lift in the day. Of course I'd be drawing poppies!

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  5. Oops forgot to say thank you for the tutorial...will definitely give it a go.

  6. Oh I love these... I would use these as mini art journals.. for get messy. how fun.. thks for the fun tutorial! xo

  7. Sorry really messing this up, I wanted to add in the message above and ended up removing my message instead!
    I actually wanted to say - what 4 beauties - I would use them to journal the seasons, starting with Autumn (my favourite). The colours of the binding stitches would compliment each season perfectly.

  8. I need an awl! So easy! That's a portable art journal there for sure!

  9. These are so cute! I'd love to throw one in my pocket and take them out sketching this fall once the leaves start to change. Definitely giving this tutorial a go, too!

  10. What wonderful little journals! Perfect size for themed art journaling, concept sketches, poetry editing, or a long, art-filled love letter to my partner!

  11. These are so cute and practical too. Would be great for journaling!

  12. Thank you Vanessa for your tutorial ! I ll try it this weekend ! And for your giveaway, your notebooks are so cute. I'd love to have them to create art journals for my husband my cousin and 2 friends who have their birthday on october and november ! �� my mail is

  13. So cute and looks so easy. Thanks for the tutorial. I'm going to try to make these. However, If I would win your giveaway, I would use these for each of my grandchildren (I have 4). I let them do art work in each and put a picture of them at their present age!

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  15. I love this! Thank you for sharing, wow. I love how you made the rainbow ones, I'd LOVE to fill them up with art journal pages.

  16. Thank you all for participating in the giveaway! I hope you try this technique and love it as much as I do!


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