Intermediate | 19 min 5 sec
Learn how to turn sentimental or special fabric into custom book cloth for your handmade books. Jody explains which fabrics work best, and shows the traditional Japanese technique of backing fabric with washi paper to create a durable book cloth that can be used to create hardcover books and personalize your book projects.
Learn how to:
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Fabric scissors
- Craft knife
- Glue brush
- Shoe polish brush
- Fabric of choice (at least 50% natural fiber)
- Piece of cardboard larger than your project
- Japanese washi paper (thin paper with long fibers)
- Piece of plexi glass larger than your project
- Wheat paste
- Choose fabrics to use for book cloth
- Back fabric with washi paper
- Dry and cut book cloth
- An easy-to-follow lesson on how to make a custom book cloth
- 5 HD video lesson you can access online anytime, anywhere
- Detailed supply list
- Step-by-step instruction by expert instructor Jody Alexander
- The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students
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Custom Book Cloth Reviews
468 users recommended this class to a friend
Great class! I thought I had to order book cloth, but now I’m going to make my own! Thank you?
August 16, 2023
This was great! I have some questions regarding the grain: does washi/mulberry paper have a grain that one needs to take into account, or are the fibers pointed in various directions due to being handmade? When using the finished bookcloth, should the grain of the bookboard be aligned with the warp or the weft of the fabric? Does it matter?
July 28, 2023