AUTOPLAY
Bookbinding For Elementary School Students
28 steps
What you’ll need
Pencil
Paper
Needle (Metal Or Plastic)
Hole Punch Or Awl
Ruler
String
Scissors
Take a section of about five pieces of paper and fold it in half.
1. Take a section of about five pieces of paper and fold it in half.
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Use a ruler and pencil to mark where you will poke your holes.
2. Use a ruler and pencil to mark where you will poke your holes.
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Use an awl or hole punch to poke your holes.
3. Use an awl or hole punch to poke your holes.
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If using an awl, be careful to direct the tool away from your hands and body.
4. If using an awl, be careful to direct the tool away from your hands and body.
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You may also choose to use a hole punch. This is likely the best option for younger students.
5. You may also choose to use a hole punch. This is likely the best option for younger students.
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If you don’t have an awl, you can try using a push pin or nail to poke holes.
6. If you don’t have an awl, you can try using a push pin or nail to poke holes.
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When all your holes are poked or punched, cut a piece of string about two feet long.
7. When all your holes are poked or punched, cut a piece of string about two feet long.
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Thread your needle. Don’t tie a knot. Younger students may use a blunt or plastic needle.
8. Thread your needle. Don’t tie a knot. Younger students may use a blunt or plastic needle.
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Now begin stitching your book. This is called a straight stitch.
9. Now begin stitching your book. This is called a straight stitch.
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Continue stitching until you get to the end.
10. Continue stitching until you get to the end.
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Now tie a simple knot at each end of the booklet.
11. Now tie a simple knot at each end of the booklet.
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Trim the ends of the string. Now you have a very simple straight stitched booklet.
12. Trim the ends of the string. Now you have a very simple straight stitched booklet.
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You can also try doing a whip stitch by wrapping the string around the back of the book.
13. You can also try doing a whip stitch by wrapping the string around the back of the book.
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Continue stitching until you get to the end. Tie knots at each end and trim the string.
14. Continue stitching until you get to the end. Tie knots at each end and trim the string.
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Now you have a very simple whip stitched booklet.
15. Now you have a very simple whip stitched booklet.
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If you don’t want the string to show, try another technique. Fold a few pages in half.
16. If you don’t want the string to show, try another technique. Fold a few pages in half.
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Unfold to mark the center of the book with a ruler and pencil. Make a dot at about every inch.
17. Unfold to mark the center of the book with a ruler and pencil. Make a dot at about every inch.
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Use an awl to poke holes, pointing the awl from the center of the book to the outside.
18. Use an awl to poke holes, pointing the awl from the center of the book to the outside.
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Cut another piece of string about two feet long. It doesn’t have to be exact.
19. Cut another piece of string about two feet long. It doesn’t have to be exact.
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Thread your needle. You don’t need to tie a knot.
20. Thread your needle. You don’t need to tie a knot.
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This is a diagram of the different ways to bind a book. The next slides will demonstrate each way.
21. This is a diagram of the different ways to bind a book. The next slides will demonstrate each way.
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Now start stitching your book, pointing the needle from the inside of the book to the outside.
22. Now start stitching your book, pointing the needle from the inside of the book to the outside.
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When you get to the end, tie off your string on the inside of the book.
23. When you get to the end, tie off your string on the inside of the book.
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For a very simple binding, mark points two inches from the top and two inches from the bottom.
24. For a very simple binding, mark points two inches from the top and two inches from the bottom.
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Use an awl to poke holes, pointing the awl from the inside of the book to the outside of the book.
25. Use an awl to poke holes, pointing the awl from the inside of the book to the outside of the book.
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Cut a piece of string and thread your needle. You don’t need to tie a knot.
26. Cut a piece of string and thread your needle. You don’t need to tie a knot.
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Pull the needle from the inside of the book to the outside, then from the outside to the inside.
27. Pull the needle from the inside of the book to the outside, then from the outside to the inside.
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Tie a knot and trim your string. You can also make this booklet using a hole punch.
28. Tie a knot and trim your string. You can also make this booklet using a hole punch.
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