Thursday, June 30, 2011
Recently I made my first hardcover books! It was an adventure into the Coptic style of binding. Coptic binding leaves an exposed book spine and allows the book to open flat for easy drawing and writing.
PVA glue to the front of the cover and apply the paper. Trim the corners, apply glue to the other side of the board, and fold over the paper edges. Then glue a piece of decorative paper over the back of the board to cover up the folded edges. Repeat for the back cover!
This site has a good tutorial on Coptic binding with lots of photographs of the sewing process. This is one of those processes that seems very difficult when writing the instructions, but turns out to be very easy once you actually do it.