Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Stacks of Books Part 2

Part 2 of Stacks of Books.

Use a steel rule to cut off a book, either from your glued up strip or the strip you cut from the memo pad.

If you are using pre-made books pick one out now.

This may be another fussy step, but I do it. I glue a piece or two of card stock on the spine of the book. This helps in rounding out the spine, keeping it from looking so flat. This can be left out.

Trace around the book, or measure the length and width of the book and make the covers from card stock.
Make a spine for the book, also.
I do not add anything for a lip around the book, the covering will add the little bit you need.

Cut small pieces of the stiffened crochet thread and glue to the spine.

Glue the covers and spine to the covering of your choice.

Do you see the little space I left between the covers and spine, this space is less than a 1/16 of an inch. It's not worth measuring, just leave a little space.

Trim the covering around the book cover. Clip the corners.

Glue the covering to the inside of the covers.

This is where we use the embroidery floss. Glue at the top and bottom of the spine.

Apply glue to the inside of the cover and press the book inside. Force the book back towards the spine, the more you do this the better the book looks, I think. If you left a lip around the front of the cover it would be too much, this pushing of the book into the spine gives you enough lip. It also makes the "tooling" show up more. Make a few and you will get better at shaping the cover over the book.

I've used the fabric in this picture.

I used gold paint to highlight the spine.

The sample books. I cut pictures from the Dover catalog to cover a couple and some of the wrapping paper for one, the other is faux leather.

I think they look pretty good on a book shelf.



  1. Very nice, Kris. To age the books bit, I sometimes rub a little petrolium jelly, just the teensiest bit on my finger, onto the cover. Someone suggested this to me a long time ago though I cannot remember who, sorry. It works particularly well with leather but I have done it to paper covers also with good results.

  2. thanks a lot Kris, this tutorial has taught me things that I did not know!
    I like make books, but with your method of notebook seems easier! I gather strips of paper and do an accordion, then cut them one by one ... ah ah!
    is good, even back in relief! I improved a lot now, thanks!
    you know where to download free sites, pages already written, for mini books?
    or even be reduced in scale? I really like mini books you can read into that!
    mini hugs, Caterina

  3. ¡Estupendo tutorial! Muy bien explicado con el paso a paso de fotos, así da igual el idioma.
    Muchas gracias. Besos Clara.

  4. Kris, this is perfect! I love your tutorials. =)

  5. First of all sorry for my english... I'll try to write something :o) Your tutorial is very interesting. I have an other way. You apply glue to the inside of the cover and press the book inside but you can try to use, instead of glue, the double-sided tape (for craft). It is really useful and strong and there is not the risk to dirty the paper. For my last book I used this system and I'm always improving it. ஐ

  6. Marvellous tutorial, one of the best I've ever seen.

  7. Is a wonderful tutorial, I love books! Thank you very much for show us! regards

  8. Thank you from my heart
    from a humble simple miniature books-maker!

  9. You are super talented and generous ! Thanks for sharing :)

  10. Kris: A question about using ready-made books. I have a ton of Houseworks books I want to re-cover using your method. Do you cut the covers from the books before using the card stock covers? Or does it matter? I will play with it, but I wondered what your take on it was. Thanks! I love your site.

  11. Awesome tutorial! Thank you for sharing!