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DIY Saddle Stitch Bookbinding Tutorial | Sea Lemon

October 17, 2019

Saddle stitch binding is quick and easy to
do, and doesn’t require any glue. In this tutorial Ill show you how to saddle
stitch your book using thread. Here’s a list of materials and tools I’ll
be using. For books with a thick cover and lots of pages,
it’s easier to bind with everything held flat together with clips, and make the center fold
later. Measure and make your holes for binding with
an awl. Then single thread your needle, but don’t
make a knot on the end. Start from the inside middle hole, and leave
a little thread on the end like this, sew all the way to the last hole on the right
end and then sew all the way to the last hole to the left end and sew back to the middle. On the last stitch on the outside, tie a knot
like this, and return the needle, pulling the knot through to the inside. Then tie one more time to complete the knot.
You can tuck the ends under if you’d like, and cut the thread off. Now take the inside pages and press them together
and press the outside cover the opposite way. This will work the paper into folding together
better. Then use weights or a book press to help the
book stay closed. For books with less pages and thin covers,
it’s fine to fold the center before hand. then follow the same sewing method to bind
it. I hope you found this tutorial helpful, and
good luck on your next bookbinding project! Use the saddle stitch method you just learned
and make some fun memo books on the left. Or learn how to make a seashell watercolor
book to the right. And be sure to subscribe for more tutorials!


  • Reply Reah Lynette Canullas October 22, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    thank you to this video you help me to do notebook with no glue thank you very well love it and I always watch your video and subscribe

  • Reply Toni Francis November 3, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Hi, thank you, this was great! i want to make a 21 page book with 11 pages with photos glued on and the opposite 10 pages writing. Will this work with this style of book? I think so, but I'm worried about the weight of the photos.

  • Reply Juliett Meyer November 24, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Thank you 🙂

  • Reply Rasadul islam Pervez December 16, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Very nice i like it

  • Reply DJ Bonebraker December 17, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    Thanks for this tutorial! I was wanting to try doing some kind of book making project with my niece (who is into all kinds of art & craft stuff) that she could then use for her other projects when it was done, and this is perfect!

  • Reply GamingCandy December 22, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Can you show us how ti make a no sew book?

  • Reply Palomino and Pinto January 2, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    I just made my first book! yay!! I'm so excited! I can't wait to do some seashell books!

  • Reply Helvegen January 4, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    how long do you recomnd to leave it in the book press?

  • Reply Clif B. January 14, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    i love that cutting board book press!

  • Reply Sybbyl0127 January 30, 2017 at 3:37 am

    Wonderful video! I've recently gotten into making homemade recycled paper and needed a good way to make journals that didn't involve too much cutting or re-inforcing with bought materials, thank you!
    Now I can make recycled journals out of all that annoying junk mail!

  • Reply I Will January 30, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Love your tuts. Professional, clear, no nonscense! Thank you so much!!

  • Reply Akshita Kissoonah February 7, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    it is better

  • Reply electrabot February 10, 2017 at 2:25 am

    i have a question: when ever i make my own saddle stitch binding, when i use the awl to push thru the paper it always comes out crooked… IOW, it wont be directly down the spine of the book. Does anyone know how i can keep it straight? what am i doing wrong?

  • Reply Sandra Alberola February 12, 2017 at 7:09 am

    aah this one is so good and easy! gonna try this tomorrow

  • Reply Snow Desert Goddess February 17, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    holy heck thank you for this 💗💗💗

  • Reply Kawaii Girl February 26, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Thank you found this tutorial very helpful!

  • Reply Tom Marshall April 9, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Very simply put and extremely helpful for anyone contemplating the creation of their family story, such as a 'holiday memories'.

  • Reply Miglior Fabbro April 20, 2017 at 2:34 am

    Me and you have to become best friends!!! This channel is exactly what I was looking for!!!

  • Reply Kawaii Alyooz April 23, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    you saved me !! now i can finish my project peacefully

  • Reply Estela Lopez May 2, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    thank you so much. I stitched my first binding with your tutorial. have been subscribed for a while but never commented. tfs

  • Reply LeNhan denBoer May 10, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    I'm glad I found you. Thanks so much!

  • Reply Kalil Nicol May 23, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Thanks! You help me in school work!

  • Reply hasher22 May 24, 2017 at 3:10 am

    OMG YOU SAVED ME $110 from a professional printing company!!!!!

  • Reply areefa baksh May 24, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Simple and very easy to follow. Thank you

  • Reply Yer Lee May 25, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    Did your pages "creep" when folding them together?

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  • Reply idunno whour June 25, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    So simple and easy to make! But one thing… if I don't have wax thread and just a normal one, can I use it? Or a yarn perhaps… ?

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  • Reply Annie T July 1, 2017 at 5:34 am

    good job thanks………….

  • Reply Wyndy White August 7, 2017 at 5:05 am

    Thank you for this video!

  • Reply Wafa Rashid August 30, 2017 at 8:44 am

    THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!!!! You legitimately saved me from losing my mind over my school book project…

  • Reply Wafa Rashid August 30, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Plus, I love how you don't fast forward the steps unlike other Youtubers usually would. This is really helpful.

  • Reply scottishcovenanters September 30, 2017 at 5:57 am

    THANK YOU! Appreciate this video!

  • Reply meghaa sharmaa September 30, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Y to use waxed thread can we use normal bookbinding thread

  • Reply Ariadne Pediotaki October 5, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    hello! where can i find this music? i loved it! (Also your tutorial!)

  • Reply gamer boy23 November 12, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Nice.. can I get the procedures? Where can i get it? I actually I want it to do in my Demo class presentation.. it is nice and simple..

  • Reply Nivedita Singh January 2, 2018 at 3:23 pm


  • Reply ScrapHappy January 10, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    This was very helpful. Thank you!

  • Reply Boholeee TheGreat January 16, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    yo anyone know some gud animes?

  • Reply A K Mishra January 24, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Nicely explained

  • Reply Elizabeth Robinson February 13, 2018 at 12:09 am

    Concise and informative- exactly what I was looking for- thank you!

  • Reply dasha dLb February 27, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    How do make a whole

  • Reply Debanjaly Majumder March 3, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Really helpful video….

  • Reply S None March 5, 2018 at 6:11 am

    I found this channel and love it! New subscriber!

  • Reply Valar Morghulis March 12, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Thank you, this was really helpful

  • Reply ann3brown March 15, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    easy to follow, thanks.

  • Reply Lakshmy Vijayakumar March 17, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    Thanks Jen you are a great inspiration for craft lovers…

  • Reply Başak Sungur March 17, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    Do all the pages open all the way? fully?

  • Reply Itzel Reyes March 24, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    So helpful thank you!!

  • Reply Larry Brodahl March 25, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    Just wanted to say that I've never tried any of this in my life, but needed a 40 page special booklet. I ran a trial using both the SADDLE STITCH tutorial methods and the JAPANESE Bookbinding tutorial, and they both turned out amazing!

    Your skill at making this topic not only enjoyable, but LEARNABLE is just off the charts.

    Thanks for doing these.

  • Reply Annabel Pardy March 27, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    This video helped me sooo much!! Thank you!

  • Reply sweetboo1022 April 30, 2018 at 1:30 am

    Thank you finally made my first one today using embroidery floss and I love it I think I'm going to be addicted to this pretty darn quick

  • Reply The Plantain Chip Lover May 11, 2018 at 5:23 am

    great vid, it really helped me!

  • Reply Panda Dani May 13, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    I LOVE your book press!!! So cute!!!

  • Reply Pujiati B June 3, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    I love this tutorial so much, it's very helpful for me to binding a book, but may I know, why should we start to binding from the center not from the edge? Thank you xoxo

  • Reply Khi Clark June 18, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    I was wondering. I'm making sketchbooks to sell and wanted to know if I should sign my name (I have a rubber stamp of my signature) and where?

  • Reply DewsJaz June 20, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    I really need help.
    I'm just gonna ask how I'm supposed to print out pages, then stitch them like this, and still let them be in order.

  • Reply Roksanna Stephens June 21, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    I could concentrate better with volume turned down, that music …ugh

  • Reply Jan Moerkerke July 2, 2018 at 4:15 am

    I made the books!!! The tutorial was simple, and the books look great. I'm following you Sea Lemon. I want to see what other great tutorials you have. Thanks!!!

  • Reply Thubten July 2, 2018 at 4:41 am

    What is the name of tool that you are using the punch hole?

  • Reply Maura Flood July 16, 2018 at 2:11 am

    Your instructions are so clear and helpful. Great video.

  • Reply Julie Maitrejean August 17, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    Thank you!!

  • Reply Ester Braxford August 20, 2018 at 3:20 am

    This seems to be the easiest method.

  • Reply Vanessa August 20, 2018 at 7:35 am

    I love the idea of making my own notebooks but I was wondering if there is a certain amount of holes the notebook needs in order to stitch it?

  • Reply Jerry Williams August 20, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    I bind in another way but i just learn something your method is way better than mind don't show on meh,i am an age man.

  • Reply Gerrie Louden Bell September 6, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    Could you use a sewing machine to sew the pages together?

  • Reply Sébastien Besse September 17, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    How would you proceed with a thick page block? I know it is not meant to be thick but I need this for a creative project. My concern is with prefolding, registering holes with folds, handling the whole process… I'm making tryouts, I'd like to have Jenny's take on that… or anyone else? See as example Phaidon's "Misfit" catalog of designer Hella Jongerius works

  • Reply thelasonj September 26, 2018 at 11:16 am

    THANK YOU for explaining this so clearly.❤❤❤

  • Reply Christina Barkley September 27, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    you should sell your booklets on etsy!!

  • Reply Charlie Carbajal October 5, 2018 at 1:38 am

    so cool

  • Reply 68mochagirl October 21, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    What weight of paper did you use for the book cover of the first book in the video?  I think I need something between that and heavy cardstock for my project.  My kids are making memo books for their teachers for Christmas.  (Also, we've never done this before)

  • Reply Kayla Erickson November 13, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    I have to create and bind a book for class and this was super helpful! Thank you!

  • Reply Mai Art December 1, 2018 at 9:03 am

    Thank you! I used this for a Christmas present and it worked out really well! Good luck everyone!

  • Reply Akane Tendo January 26, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    What can I use to make the holes to sew the pages?

  • Reply Kathryn Holden February 3, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    Such a clear tutorial. Thanks so much!

  • Reply angela winter February 17, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    That seashell watercolor book tho…….😍😍😍

  • Reply angelbby February 19, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Anyone know a video or way to stitch several of these little journals into one big journal?

  • Reply JOYCE RANDOLPH February 28, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    I have been stitching ALL WRONG. Thank you, Jennifer – your video was tremendously helpful!!
    Book Girl

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  • Reply Puddytatpurr March 18, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    Hi, I am making a notebook for my TN, I need 15 sheets in each notebook, so I've made 3 signatures of 5 sheets each. How do I cover a 3 signature book? It doesn't really have a spine, but sewing it to the middle signature just doesn't seem sturdy enough

  • Reply Gash March 22, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    Is there a 'max page' count that you'd recommend for this style of binding vs sewing signatures together?

  • Reply Lisa Morales April 17, 2019 at 3:30 am

    Best video

  • Reply Capinyx April 20, 2019 at 3:37 am

    Thank you for your extremely easy to follow tutorial!

  • Reply Alec Herrera May 15, 2019 at 12:29 am

    Thank you your the best

  • Reply meytar gini May 24, 2019 at 10:02 am

    thank you so so much! been real helpful and well done.

  • Reply SeishiZero May 30, 2019 at 5:10 am

    Love it – thanks for posting!

  • Reply RaSoGa CaFaRia June 1, 2019 at 1:32 am

    Can i use normal thread???

  • Reply Linah Samman June 23, 2019 at 6:29 am

    Hi i was wondering what is the recommended number of pages you can use with this binding method ?
    And also what is the maximum number of pages ?

  • Reply Jude July 1, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    I am definitely going to try this. Great stitch.

  • Reply Andrea July 17, 2019 at 1:00 am

    Finally a bookbinding technique I can follow. I don't know why I always mess it up su much! You saved me, thank you!!

  • Reply Daniella Moré August 1, 2019 at 9:20 am

    any ideas what I can use instead of an awl/ owl?

  • Reply WillN2Go1 August 3, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    A bit of humidity and a good clamp until it dries out, or some heat and it will lay as flat as is possible. I always enjoy your videos, they're so clear and concise. Thank you

  • Reply Emily Fischer August 10, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    What kind of paper was the cover of the first book?

  • Reply itsumani33 August 13, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    This just saved my little binder I made to hold my planner stickers using protective sheets! I wanted extra security in the middle to make sure my sheets wouldn't break apart after fusing them, and this stitching method worked so well <3 Thank you for the lovely tutorial!

  • Reply Kathren Lee August 23, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    Is there a suggested way to connect multiple saddle stitch books? I'm in grad school and I print out my readings in small booklets and I'd like to connect them all together as I read them.

  • Reply Tessa Mae September 2, 2019 at 11:05 am

    Ah! It's called "saddle – stich"!!! Now I know what to do, haha!!! I've been stiching all my "inserts" the wrong way!!!rolfmao

  • Reply Windy Horses September 17, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    Very interesting. I want to make myself a watercolor sketchbook out of Fabriano Artistico 140# HP paper. Has anyone here tried to do that?
    Very clever video. Thank you for posting.
    Next day: You know, I did actually make the watercolor sketchbook and it is perfect.

  • Reply Derick Melander September 22, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    So great! Thanks very much.

  • Reply Baaboon October 1, 2019 at 6:18 am

    what is paper that you used for the cover?

  • Reply Ani Verzosa October 3, 2019 at 11:42 am

    Thank you for sharing. Will be making journal inserts and I would like to sew them. Thanks 😊

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