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How to Sew the Secret Belgian Binding (Downloadable PDF)
How to Sew the Secret Belgian Binding

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This clearly written, straightforward tutorial gives the dimensions, templates and sewing pattern for you to make this attractive and useful book. The book is bound using the 'Secret Belgian Binding', the discovery of which is attributed to Hedi Kyle. There are two main methods, the first in which the covers are made first and the book bound in, the second in which a book block is made and then attached to the covers that are sewn around it. I use the first method with my own method of sewing in the pages that results in a very firm book.

The book has 6 sections of 4 folded sheets (folios), making 24 folded sheets, 48 leaves, 96 pages (sides). It measures approximately 11.5 x 10.5 x 2.5 cm (4.5" x 4" x 0.75").

If you already make books it will save you the hassle of having to work out the design. Obviously once you have made one, you can ring the changes and make you own variations with different sizes and proportions.

You will need the following materials: book board, book cloth or paper, paper for the pages, glue, and waxed cord.

You will need the following tools: a large-eyed needle or bodkin, a sharp craft knife, metal ruler and bradawl or hole punch.

Making this book requires some skill in crafting, cutting, folding, and sewing.

The instructions include useful tips on grain and full-size printable templates for the cover and page holes, and page-stitching layout.

The instruction book may be printed for personal use.

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The file will be in PDF format - 7.60mb - 29 pages

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