DIY Staple Saddle Stitch Bookbinding Tutorial | Sea Lemon


Saddle stitch binding with staples is commonly
used for booklets, magazines, catalogues and brochures. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to saddle
stitch bind using staples, with a focus on just the binding method itself. This can be
useful if you ever need to mock up a pamphlet without sending it to a printer. And if you
draw your own comics, this can help you make your own comic book. This binding method is commonly done by a
saddle stapler. If you don’t have one of these tools, and your regular stapler doesn’t reach
past the width of your pages, here’s another way you can achieve the same results… First, here’s a list of materials and tools
I’ll be using. For this book, I’ll be using 10 sheets of
paper. To determine the amount of pages, I would recommend your page count not to exceed
over half of the height of your staples. Otherwise, you won’t have enough staple left to press
down onto your book. To start, fold or score the paper where the
spine will be. You can run a bone folder across the edge if you want to. If you don’t have
a bone folder, see the about section below for a video on substitutes. Then stack them in the order you want,
and place binder clips to hold them together. Using a stapler, staple out the amount of
staples you need. For books that are smaller, I use 2. For taller books I usually use 3. Now unfold the staples. Find the center of the spine, and make two
marks where the staple will go. Measure 1.5 inches or about 4cm from the edges
and make marks for the remaining staples. Now pierce through all the marks with an awl.
You can find a video on awl substitutes below. Then push the staples through the holes. And
on the inside, press the ends down. An eraser works well for this. Remove the clips, and fold the book. You can
put it in a book press or put weights on it to help the book stay closed. For books with a lot pages, you can use a
utility blade or an x-acto to trim off the excess paper on the edge. Now your book is finished! Thanks for watching this tutorial. Feel free
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check out the videos on my channel. To learn how to saddle stitch bind using thread, check
out the video on the left. For more on how to achieve a smooth finished edge, check out
the video on the right. For more information and direct links, see the about section below.

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