DIY Hardcover Book | Case Bookbinding Tutorial | Sea Lemon


Case binding is a common type of hardcover
for books. The pages are arranged in signatures and glued together in a text block. Then the
text block is glued to the cover. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to case
bind a hardcover book. Here’s a list of materials and tools I’ll
be using. This tutorial will mainly focus on the cover.
So to start, I’ve already made my text block. If you don’t know how to make a text block,
check out this video here. I’ll also include the link to this video in the About section
below. While making this text block, I added these
headbands in the process. These are purely decorative and you don’t have to include them.
But if you want to, you can learn how to make your own in this tutorial here. I’ll also
include the video link in the About section below. First, I’m going to cut the board. The size
of the board will depend on the size of the text block. To learn more about board for bookbinding,
check out this video here. You can also find the link in the About section below. Here’s how I measure the width. If you do
add on headbands to your book, be sure to take this measurement starting from the headbands
because their thickness will add on a little width. [Width: Text block – 1/4 inch + 1/8 inch] Measure the width of the text block. Now subtract
1/4 inch (.25) from the width. This is for the area by the spine. Then add 1/8 inch for the
cover to hang over. [Height: Text block + 1/4 inch]
Now for the height, measure the text block and add 1/8 inch to the top and bottom. Mark the measurements out on the board twice. For the spine, trace the text block spine
on the board. That will be the width. The height will be the same as cover boards. Now cut out all the board pieces. To wrap the cover, I’m using this book cloth
I made. You can also use paper. To learn how to make your own book cloth, check out this
tutorial. You can also find this link in the About section below. To start, glue on one board with PVA glue. You can use the bone folder to smooth out
any air bubbles. [Gap: 1/4 inch + thickness of board]
Now measure out 1/4 inch plus the thickness of the board. Use this measurement to make a
gap on both sides of the spine. Glue on the rest of the board. Smooth out with a bone folder. Add some weight to the cover and let it dry.
In the meantime, this is a good point to clean the glue off your brush with water and a paper
towel, and let that dry. After the cover is dry, cut the excess cover
material off to a little less than an 1 inch. Cut all the corners at an angle like this,
and leave a small gap at the corner tips. Now glue on one flap at a time. You can put
a piece of scrap paper down incase the glue gets messy. If you bend the edge over like this, it helps
the flap glue on evenly. Pinch over those little gaps on the tips as
you go from one flap to the other. Now glue the end pages to the inside cover. Position the text block to where the end pages
will have an 1/8 inch border of the cover around it. Run the bone folder across to ensure glued
areas are pressed down. You can also put a piece of paper underneath
the end page to protect the text block. Since the glue warps the cover, I’m going
to put it in the book press so it will dry straight and flat.
You can also use weights. Once it’s dry, your book is finished. Knowing
how to wrap your own hardcover book gives you so many more cover design options to choose
from, whether it be fabric or paper. I hope you found this tutorial helpful. If
you don’t nail this on your first try, don’t worry. It may take some practice books, but
you’ll get the hang of it. Feel free to like, share or leave your comments.
For more information on this project, see the About section below. For more tutorials, be sure to subscribe and
check out my channel. To learn how to make the book press I used, check out the video
on the left. For another hardcover tutorial, check out the video on the right. Find more Sea Lemon on links listed below.

100 thoughts on “DIY Hardcover Book | Case Bookbinding Tutorial | Sea Lemon”

  1. Today, I tried it out for the first time… it's drying right now, but I think it turned out quite fine.

    I just would like to thank you for your in-depth tutorials. I don't know if you noticed, but the majority of book-binding youtubers refer to one of your tutorials at some point. You are the queen of the Bookbinding-corner in YouTube! 😀

    Also, your voice is very soothing and easy to listen to. Please don't begin to crack your voice, like it seems to be fashionable since some months.
    Mixed with the backround music, it's actually quite relaxing to watch you being creative.

    Please keep up the good work 🙏🏻👍🏻

  2. Generally very good video but why does person who posted this video assume that we know what a "signature" is when it comes to book binding? Obviously it does not mean a handwritten signature.

  3. Thanks, Im going to use this for my personal project 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

  4. Thanks for not using the metric system…. that's just the way it is in the States… I get irritated with videos that use the metric system but that's the way it is done where that person lives 😉

  5. I was on a time limit because I was determined to make a custom sketchbook specifically for Inktober, and today, the last day of September, I can say that I have successfully bound my very first hard cover sketchbook. I had to cut SOME corners though because I didn't have the leasure time to wait for a lot of glue to dry so I used the sticky vynl they sell at the dollar tree for your shelves as a cover or something like that. I still used glue to make sure that it stuck, but only on the corners so that way I could just place and go. Thank you so so so so much, you have no idea what a big deal this is for me
    <3

  6. Clear and easy steps to create but it can include all things in the single video instead of constantly clicking links to learn more . I hope u get that

  7. Love the video. Easy to follow but I'd like to bind a book but my pages aren't folded. Single pages that I printed out. Any suggestions?

  8. I really like that idea of using the bamboo cutting boards as a book press. I can see using a variation as a tortilla press.

  9. Wicked tutorial. I design and sell adult coloring books on Amazon. So sick of the crap which passes for good books and artwork. So, I want to make my own. I know both metric and the traditional systems of weights and measures. Other common ways of referring to the system in the U.S. are: "Standard", "Customary", or, erroneously: "Imperial", or "Emperial." As far as looks are concerned? I checked out a professional book binder who also did this entire process by hand. And your work is no different than theirs. Other than the fact they used gold to emboss the covers. Wicked work. You should look into making some good money on the side. Very talented. Thanks a bunch. Damned. I didn't realize how old this video was. You probably own your own book binding company by now. LOL

  10. Making a casebound book for a friend, couldn't remember the correct spacing and board measurements cos I haven't done it in years, but its ok… SEA LEMON TO THE RESCUE :D.

  11. Very well done! Even a beginner can learn from this video. I have been binding books for 10 years and I must say good job! Keep it up.

  12. Thanks a lot for this tutorial. The math is killing me (but because I've always been bad at measuring, especially in inches, but not your fault at all).

  13. Hey, I’d just like to say that I found your videos extremely helpful in creating a valentines storybook for my partner. Everything would have been a lot more difficult without the guidance of your videos, so thanks for making them! Love from Australia 💚💚

  14. can this be apllied to a Coptic Stitch Sketchbook, like the one you did here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2FRKbQI2kY. Would it still open flat?

  15. I always used my college txtbooks as weights for anything too… So when I saw that she used them as well, I screamed "I CAN RELATE!!" lol

  16. Thanks for the tutorial! I'm binding one of my stories into a little book for my mom on Mother's day, and this tutorial is super helpful 🙂

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  18. Thank you soooo much! This in combination with your text block & sewing tutorials (and many hours on The Pop-Up Channel) made my school project ABOVE AND BEYOND. Now I want to make more gorgeous books 🙂

  19. No idea if you will see this since video is from 2013 but I wanted to try to tell you how much I enjoyed your tutorial on case bookbinding. I was able to complete the mixed writing/art journal in one day. You are really good at explaining the steps. I posted pictures on IG and Facebook if you would like to see the results.
    Thank you for giving of your time and talent.

  20. For the gap width when gluing the boards to the cloth: why is it 1/4 inch plus the width of boards? Does that 1/4 inch change if you have more signatures in the book? Or is it always a 1/4 inch no matter how many signatures you have? I am trying to make a book with more than the 10 signatures in this tutorial.

  21. I’ve been following the videos and instructions, but I can’t quite seem to get the spine on the cover right. I trace the spine on the board, but once I get the book block into the cover the spine seems to wide? Any advice?

  22. I've been unhappy with the selection of watercolour sketchbooks, so I decided to make my own! I haven't made my sketchbook yet, but watching this video is really helpful and I can't wait to actually make it 🙂

  23. I wanted to thank you for teaching me how to make very cool hardcover books, from start to finish. My better 3/4 and I are both fountain pen enthusiasts. There are some very nice papers like Tomoe River paper from Japan. Your video series about bookbinding has me constructing writing books for us and for gifts using that paper. Now we are not limited to size nor page count. Oh, and a hearty thank you for the tutorial on DIY book cloth, which opens up so many possibilities. Your presentation style and pacing is a professional as anything out there. 😀

  24. You.. girl.. I love youuuuu! Thank you this is soooo helpful! And I'm addicted! I already made 3 books in two days. You are my gal!

  25. I know I’m very late to the making of this video, but can you use regular fabric? I have a gorgeous coral colored fabric from an old dress that I’d love to use to bind a book as a gift for a friend, but it’s thicker than book cloth- is that alright?

  26. Hi, I really enjoy your channel soo much. I have a question. I made a book with the perfect binding method about 6mths ago. So today I was looking thru it and the pages are falling out. What did I do wrong?

  27. thank you so much! i made my first hard cover book. it wasn't perfect. i made a lot of mistakes but it made me proud that i created it by myself! i'll take what i had learned to my next mixed media sketch book project

  28. I'm loving these tutorials. I'm on my second book. This time with a cloth cover. For the first time in my crafting life, I've actually made something that looks like the example. Thanks for posting these.

  29. I wanted to learn how to make books so bad but couldn’t find a clear concise tutorial with good editing and lighting…until now! Thank you so much!

  30. I have tried your tutorials and i am sooo happy i can make note books and books! I just finish my first one! Its not perfect but i love it! Thank you so Much!

  31. Do you think I can use this method to make booklets for my travelers notebook (loose pages glued together) or would the elastic in the TN go trough the glued backs and split the booklet in half?

  32. just stitched together my pages fr the first time. . . kinda loose stitching but i dont think its bad for m y first try. now cant wait to dry so i can add covers!!!!!!!!!!!!

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