Stab Bound Journal

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    Make a hand bound journal with elaborate side stitching for yourself or as a gift. The stitching is a lot easier than it looks and is so much nicer to
    (See the full post at: Stab Bound Journal)

    I'm an author here at How Did You Make This?.

  • #15873 Reply


    Lovely! And not that difficult… 😉 Very good tutorial!

  • #15874 Reply


    I really loved this tutorial! The information about the spacers that you added is something that is often forgotten in the Japanese spine binding. Such a beautiful stitching- I might have to try that soon!

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    Marilyn Hughes

    Thanks for the tutorial. I’m a little confused about the stitching, but can probably figure it out once I’m actually doing it.

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    Sage HRMS

    That is too cool! I’ll have to give it a go!

  • #15877 Reply


    Is there a cheaper alternative to the mat board?

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    Nevermind! I just found chipboard on dickblick.

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    April Klich

    Thanks for going into detail about how to sew this edge pattern. I’ve always wondered how to set it up and the step by step.

  • #15880 Reply

    It is really easy once you get started, and if you make a mistake you just undo your stitches and try again!

  • #15881 Reply

    Chipboard is cheaper, but it might not be acid free. The listing should say for sure if it is. If you want the book to be a long term keeper acid free is a good idea, but if that’s not important than chipboard is a great choice!

  • #15882 Reply


    Thanks! :)

  • #15883 Reply


    great tutorial. I could not wait, so I used a wrong type of glue, and wrong paper, anyway, it was fun.. here are picture

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    I don’t see the template for holes

  • #15886 Reply


    What’s a book?

  • #15887 Reply

    There is a link to it in the Supplies and Equipment list –

    Comment again if you’re still having trouble!

  • #15888 Reply

    That looks so great! The glue/paper/etc. list is really just the materials I’m pretty confident will give a good result, using what you have on hand obviously worked out awesome, too!

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    Organic Aspirations

    Great idea! Your tutorial seems very thourough!

  • #15890 Reply


    I made one about twice the size of yours and it worked out great until the end. it wont open :/ . and i was sure to leave the space between the two pieces on the cover.

  • #15891 Reply

    I’ve been thinking about this a LOT since you commented, and I even played around with some stuff to try to troubleshoot it. Assuming none of your stitches crossed the fold line on the cover (I know they probably don’t, but just in case) my best guess is that either your cover board was substantially thicker than mine, or that the paper covering it was very thick or strong. My cover board is almost exactly 1/16″ thick.

    If you have any scrap around you could try gluing small pieces of cover/board/end paper in the order you did before but with a bigger gap to see if that folds.

    Let me know if any of this makes sense, I’d really like to figure out the problem!

  • #15892 Reply


    I think the problem is not the thickness of the paper, but the stretch of it. I did use 1/16″ mat board for the cover body; the cover paper was just regular scrapbook paper, and the end paper was card stock. The book was 100 pages thick using normal type-weight paper. So I think what’s happening is, when glued, the cover and paper and everything was flat; if bent before the glue, the paper would have to slide in order to accomodate the bend, but since it can’t slide around after its glued the paper has to stretch and it doesn’t really want to do that. I have been able to get it open now after some muscle, the cover just sticks a bit. So it doesn’t want to close all the way and can stick open at a right angle. I’m thinking of adding a clasp type thing onto it to troubleshoot that. Also I’m making another for a friend using burlap fabric as the “cover paper” instead of scrapbook paper or wrapping paper, so maybe that will bend a bit easier. I can comment again once that’s done and let you know.

    edit: The one with the fabric bends much easier but still sticks up because of how the end papers fold.

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    Dorcie Gabrielle

    This is beautiful! I want to make a couple for my friends and myself. We are travelling to Nepal in a couple of week and I have two questions. How long do you think it takes to make one and what ply was your mat board? I want to make them 100 pages thick!

  • #15894 Reply


    If you drill in candlewax first it’s easier to drill through the pages without burning them!

  • #15895 Reply


    Hi, So I was attempting to make this and when I tried to cut out the board, it was a weird size, kind of short and fat, nothing like what yours looked like. Are the measurements under the first picture in the instructions wrong? and could you tell me the real sizes?
    Thank you!

  • #15896 Reply


    Lol I tried and failed! Not that it was a bad tutorial just me being crap at this sort of thing. My girlfriend had a better attempt!

  • #15897 Reply


    Brilliant!! Thankyou So much for sharing this :)

  • #15898 Reply


    Here’s mine :) Just one question: what’s the use of waxed paper ? Because I didn’t have any, so jumped on that step

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    Gifts In 24

    This is a wonderful project. Your in-depth tutorial is so helpful to the community. You really sell the idea of making this journal with your beautiful pictures. Very cool! (

  • #15900 Reply


    Is it 8.5 x 11 inch or cm?

  • #15901 Reply


    I had the exact same problem. The measurements simply do not seem to work!

  • #15902 Reply

    What measurements are you using for the board? There should be one piece that is .625 (5/8) inch by 5.5, and one that is 3.5 by 5.5. I’m trying to find the error but I must be missing it, someone help me find it so I can fix it!

  • #15903 Reply


    What is a rough estimate of how much this cost to make? If you don’t have any of the materials.

  • #15904 Reply


    I recognize this pattern from beccamakingfaces. She’s the queen of Japanese stab bindings.

  • #15905 Reply


    I’m almost to the drilling part and the template link I saw above doesn’t seem to be there anymore! The one posted below in comments also links to a “page not found” … any suggestions?

  • #15906 Reply


    Hi there thankyou so much for this tutorial – I was just hoping to access the template for the holes as both links aren’t working! :)

  • #15907 Reply


    When you print the template, do you have to size it correctly or anything? It just seems too small to fit my book (the book is the same exact size as the instructions).

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    Katie Lupien

    I can’t believe you made a hardcover-bound book. I always thought they were much harder to make. I’m trying to find cute and creative notebooks to make for my kids. I will have to experiment with this.

  • #17688 Reply


    I just want to confirm… the larger size book idea. If I make this hook but in a roughly 8 1/2 x 11 size, unjust need to make sure my cover paper isn’t too thick? I can’t wait to try it!

    • #17894 Reply

      It should scale just fine to whatever size you’d like to make it. And yes, thick cover paper seems to be the thing that causes the most trouble!

      I'm an author here at How Did You Make This?.

  • #18449 Reply

    Paul Thomson

    Hello Kris!

    A fantastic tutorial, thanks for taking the time to make it. Just a quick one to let you know that I’ve added your tutorial as a resource in our latest ‘Top 10 Japanese Stab Binding Tutorials on the Internet‘ –

    Thanks again and keep up the good work!

    ~ Paul

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    Gwendolyn Campbell

    This is a wonderful tutorial! Thank you so much for all the effort you put into explaining and photographing each step so carefully! There is only one spot that confuses me. I have done all the stitching and now I have the thread tail sticking out the back and the thread “head” sticking out the front. How do I tie the knot on the back? Do I bring the thread “head” over the edge to reach the thread tail? Or am I grabbing something from the back in addition to the thread tail? I’ve looked at your pictures over and over again, but I can’t figure it out. Thanks so much for any advice you can give! By the way, I made my first book (following your tutorial) with homemade paper! I am so happy to (almost) have a hand bound book with hand made paper! :)
    All the best,

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