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Bookbinding Tips for BUDDY's DINER

Bookbinding Tips

Step One
Personalize and Print the number of copies you will want to bind into little books. You can illustrate pages that have a little extra space on well as the backs of any or all of the pages.
Step Two
Trim each half-page into the FIRST trim size sheet you will want to bind. Be sure to leave extra width along the binding edge (usually the left side of the book). Example: First trim size is 5.5" wide x 5" tall. (Final trim will be 5" wide x 4.25" tall.)
Step Three
Create a Cover out of heavier paper...decorate and personalize the front.
For a book with an "open spine" that shows the pages along the spine of the book, cut the cover the same size as the sheets.

For a book with a covered spine, you will need to create a cover twice the width of the page.

Size: Final height, but TWICE the WIDTH PLUS a small amount for the spine. Example: Use a heavy coated or uncoated cover stock and using the page sizes mentioned in Step Two, cut the cover 4.25" TALL and 11" WIDE.

Step Four
Sort the pages into order, color any illustrations with drybrush watercolors (too much water can make the wrinkle) or pencils.
Step Five
To secure the pages together, you can use your choice of several methods.

  • Assemble all pages and the cover and staple them securely along the left border. Cover the staples with a colorful and strong tape.

    PUNCH and TIE

  • Punch each sheet with two holes made with a paper punch.
  • Punch the cover in the same place...and tie the book together with a twine, ribbon or other string.
  • You could also place a twig on the top cover and tie the book to this twig through the two holes.


  • Use a yarn needle or other heavy needle, and sew the pages together with dental floss. Then sew, or glue the pages into the Cover.


  • Secure the inside of the cover (on both front and back covers) with a wide piece of tape that is centered half on the cover, half on the facing text page.

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