Want to do some bookbinding but don’t have any tools to hand. Here are some alternatives: Instead of a bonefolder you can use the handle of a blunt butter knife or any wooden/plastic cooking spoons. Instead of a pricker use a regular needle and a wine cork as a handle. Instead of bookbinding thread use tooth floss (it’s already waxed) and instead of a bookbinding needle just use a regular sewing needle.
Try it out with a simple Three-hole Pamphlet Binding:
1. Use between 4 to 8 sheets of A4 paper for your section and a heavier paper/card (roughly 250-300gsm) for your cover.
2. Start by folding each sheet of paper in half, keep the corners aligned and use the handle of the butter knife/wooden/plastic spoon to create a sharp fold.
3. Stack the sheets of paper inside each other and put the cover sheet onto the outside.
4. Use the needle and the cork as pricker to pierce 3 holes, with equal distance, from the inside to the outside of your book.
5. Cut a length of the tooth floss roughly twice as long as your spine and feed it through the needle. Start sewing through the center hole to your right or left.
6. Skip the centre hole and continue to the hole on the other side.
7. Now finish sewing by coming through the centre hole again.
8. To tie a knot, make sure that both ends of the thread are on opposite sides of the central thread. Tighten the thread taut and make a knot on top of the central thread. Trim your book once it is sewn.
Follow step-by-step guide here.
Or watch Simon Goode’s three-hole pamphlet binding. He explains how to properly cut the book afterwards