The Siam Bindery Long Stitch Binding Tutorial




  • 100% beginner-friendly
  • Perfect for first-time bookbinders, artists, DIYers and journal keepers
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In this tutorial, we illustrate a variation on the Long Stitch method. With the traditional method dating back as far as the 13th century BC, Long Stitch binding remains a popular due to the versatility it offers: it allows for a variety of leather, fabric and paper mediums to choose from, and the spine can be easily designed, altered and created. Stitching the text block to a piece of leather, this sewing method creates visible long and chain stitch patterns on the spine adding to the decorative appeal of the book.

This easy-to-follow guide illustrates how to make an A5-sized journal with a variation on the traditional Long Stitch method. The book measures approximately 14.8 x 21 cm / 5.8 x 8.3″ and has a spine measuring 4.5cm / 1.78″ in width. The book consists of 15 signatures and has 300 pages front-back/ 150 pages single-sided.


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You will receive 1 PDF file, 5.3 MB. This tutorial consists of 37 full-colored pages with 115-plus photo-instructions and illustrations.

Please note that this is an e-product. No physical product will be shipped.

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