Bookbinding For Elementary School Students
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Pencil
Hole Punch Or Awl
String
Ruler
Pencil
Hole Punch Or Awl
String
Ruler
Paper
Scissors
Needle (Metal Or Plastic)
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Now begin stitching your book. This is called a straight stitch.
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Continue stitching until you get to the end.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Tie a knot and trim your string. You can also make this booklet using a hole punch.
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