How to Make an Airmail Envelope Book 08/12/2008
How to Make an Airmail Envelope Book:
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-1 Airmail Envelope Add-on Kit (includes envelopes, paper, and waxed linen thread)
-template for punching holes
-bookbinding needle (a long, blunt needle)
-binder's clip or bulldog clip
-hammer & one nail
-scrap piece of cardboard
If you'd like to try other threads, consider linen thread and embroidery
floss. Running your thread through beeswax will may it glide more easily through the holes as you sew.
As you'll see below, there are a lot of steps to this particular variation
of stab binding, but don't be intimidated! This decorative binding is very intuitive. Once you get the hang of it, you'll start to get the rhythm, unlock the logic, and realize that you don't need to read the directions anymore.
Ready to get started? Here we go!
1. Download and cut out the template
2. Make sure your pages are all lined up and clip the bottom end of your book block.
3. Line up the template so that hole #2 is closest to the bottom left-hand corner of your book block.
4. Now it's time to punch the holes! Choose a nail with a diameter that is at least 4 times the diameter of your thread. Line up the nail over each grey dot on the template and hammer until the nail emerges on the other side. Be sure to hammer with a piece of scrap cardboard or wood under your project, so you don't put holes in your table.
5. Now that you have punched all the holes, keep your book block clipped together. Carefully lift up the flap of each envelope and cut curved sections out of the flap, as demonstrated above. This will enable the envelopes to still open and close after you finish binding.
6. Tie a generous knot in the end of your thread. Pull your needle through the center of your book up through hole #1. This hides your knot in the middle of the book.
All the holes are numbered, as noted on the template. "A" refers to the holes on the front of your book and "B" refers to holes on the back of your book. If it helps you stay organized, you may wish to lightly mark which is side A and which is side B in pencil on each side of your book. (Example: Hole 1a is the first hole of the front of your book. Hole 1b is the same hole, viewed from the back of your book.)
7. Wrap the thread over the spine and back into hole 1b.
8. Pull needle through hole 2a.
9. Wrap thread over the side edge and back into hole 2a.
10. Pull needle up through hole 3b.
11. From hole 3a, pull needle through hole 2a.
12. From hole 2b, pull needle through hole 1b.
13. From hole 1a, pull needle through hole 3a.
14. From hole 3b, pull needle through hole 1b.
15. From hole 1a, pull needle through hole 4a.
16. From hole 4b, pull needle through hole 3b.
17. From hole 3a, pull needle through hole 4a.
18. From hole 4a, pull needle through hole 1b.
19. From hole 1a, pull needle through hole 4a.
20. From hole 4b, pull needle around spine and back into hole 4a.
21. From hole 4b, pull needle through hole 5b.
22-55. Repeat steps 7-21 for the next two sections of holes (holes 4-8 and holes 9-12).
56. You should end up with your needle coming out of hole 12b. Tie a simple knot and pull the needle through hole 11b.
57. Trim the remaining thread flush with the book.
58. Now you're all done! Start writing notes in your book and hide treasures in the envelope pockets.