How to Make a Book: 5 Free Lessons on Book Making and DIY Book Binding

Handmade books are more popular than ever. Artists are creating all kinds of books using fabric, recyclables, found objects, photos, and a variety of mixed-media techniques.

Mixed-media handmade book by Chrysti Hydeck.
"Pin" this for future reference!

From page construction to binding, we’ve assembled some of our favorite handmade book techniques in this free, downloadable eBook, “How to Make a Book: 5 Free Lessons on Book Making and DIY Book Binding.”

In “Creating Treasure Booklets,” Jen Osborn shows you how to pull together all those fabric scraps, photos, and found objects you love into creative little gems. Each page is collaged and includes some machine and/or hand stitching. Jen also demonstrates a simple binding.

Katie Kendrick works her magic using discarded cardboard as a base for paint, collage, and journaling in “Collage Board Books.” In an unusual—and clever—twist, Katie binds the pages with cheesecloth “hinges.”

You’ll “Get the Skinny on Mixed-Media Books” when Chrysti Hydeck explains how to turn vertical-format collage pages into skinny books. Chrysti brings all sorts of mixed-media supplies into play as she creates richly layered backgrounds and then adds collage and journaling to tell a story.

And who doesn’t love the charm of a tunnel book? In “A Look At … Tunnel Books,” you’ll get simple, step-by-step instructions for this enchanting book structure. Keep your handmade book for yourself, or give it as a special gift.

And don’t miss Sharilyn Miller’s Coptic stitch tutorial with step-by-step instructions and illustrations to get you binding books in no time. Chances are that you already have the materials nearby, so all you need to get started next is this free article!

In “How to Make a Book: 5 Free Lessons on Book Making and DIY Book Binding,” you’ll discover unique ways to create handmade mixed-media books. As a bonus, you’ll also learn tips, tricks, and techniques for art journaling, collage, creating backgrounds, stitching, and more.

Have fun,


Blog, Handmade Books


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.