Creating the Holes
These are basic instructions for completing a book by hand sewing. The dimensions of the book that you create are up to you. The board, paper and hole punch location, all depends on the type of book you make and all are based on measurement. The first step is to decide what type of book to make, and what size book you want to end up with.
Once you have chosen the type and size of the book, start by measuring and cutting your board. Next you will need to create a hole guideline, referred to as a jib. The jib will be the marker for the holes after you decide where you what them placed in the book. Take a piece of card board and measure 1 inch in from the edges of the top and bottom of the book. Next you will want to measure in another 2 inches in from the first holes to mark as the next hole spot. The holes in the center of the book should be no longer than one inch apart. In the image to the left is an example of what this measuring will look like. The holes in the image are exaggerated to give you a better view of the hole line up when making the guideline.
When you have created the guideline, the next step is to mark on your board where the holes will be, and either hole punch them or use a small drilling tool like a Dremel to create the holes.
After the board is done, take your paper and measure to double the size of your board. Fold each piece of paper in half, then line up the holes using the guideline. Score the paper where the holes will be, using your paper needle. This means that you will puncture the paper to line up with the holes made in the board, without using the same hole punch or drill as you did for the board. If the holes are too large in the paper, the inside of the book will slide around and not be tightly bound.