Saturday, June 7, 2014
(You can really use any cardboard box from any product. The TJ chocolate bar box fits the 4 x 6" paper so perfectly. If you can't get TJ or Strathmore, use whatever you have on hand.)
Step one: Eat the whole chocolate bar. Then unglue the box along one of its narrow sides and flatten it out. Trim off any flaps, leaving a rectangle with a scored section down the middle, which will become the spine of the book.
Step two: Open the tablet, and lay the ruler right along the base of the holes that thread onto the spiral binding as shown in drawing 2257. Use the mat knife to cut over and over until you've cut all 25 sheets out of the spiral binding. You'll have 25 sheets of 4 x 6 inch paper.
Step three: Fold each of the 25 sheets in half, giving you 25 folded sheets, each 4 x 3 inches . Nest 5 sheets into each other. Do this five times, which will yield 5 little pamphlets of 5 folded sheets each. Stack the pamphlets (also called signatures) and place them under a couple of books to flatten the folds a bit. Hold out one folded sheet to use for measuring.
Step five: Flatten out the cardboard cover with the plain cardboard side facing up. Open out one of the signatures as shown at the top right of drawing 2560, and place the center right at the center of the spine. Run a stitch either by hand or by machine (preferably treadle for ease of sewing cardboard) down the fold of the signature and the center of the cardboard within the spine.
Step six: Sew in the other four signatures the same as the first, first pressing the fold up against the previously-sewn fold that is adjacent to it. Trim threads. Fold signatures closed after sewing each.
After you do this once, you'll be able to make this book in 15 minutes tops.
Let me know if you have any questions! It makes a great little carry-everywhere book that will slip into your pocket or small bag.