Three Ways to Stitch a Pamphlet Book
Beginner | 22 min 19 sec
The pamphlet is a deceptively simple bookbinding structure that’s easy to transform into something fabulous. Printmaker and book artist Sarah Matthews demonstrates three ways to bind a basic pamphlet book: a seven-hole pamphlet stitch, the link stitch, and her favorite - the dot dash stitch. Use these approachable techniques to make books, journals, zines, and more, and play with specialized tools like the bone folder, a Japanese screw punch, and waxed linen thread.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Three sheets of decorative paper for covers: 1 each for 3 pamphlets, the same dimensions as your cardstock
  • 67 lb cardstock - Sarah is using 10" x 14", 8 sheets per pamphlet
  • Japanese Screw Punch -
  • Drill-Set
  • Bone folder
  • Two bookbinding needles
  • Crawford 4-ply waxed linen thread in at least two colors
  • Scissors
  • Binder clip
  • Pencil
  • A piece of scratch paper cut to 10" x 1"
Learn how to:
  • Sew a  seven-hole pamphlet stitch
  • Sew a link stitch
  • Sew a dot dash stitch
  • Use a Japanese screw punch
  • Create a cheat sheet for perfectly spaced stitching holes

What you'll get:
  • An easy-to-follow lesson on how to do three different bindings to make a pamphlet-style book
  • 4 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supply list
  • Step-by-step expert instruction from artist Sarah Matthews
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions and interact with other students
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Christine Rambo
interesting ideas, but i really don't like the idea of all those loose threads. i'm gonna have to go look these up from other sources to see if that's really the best way to handle the ends, or if there are techniques to tie off and hide the ends more securely
January 3, 2023
Barbara Herrli
Simple quick guide to decorative book binding.
December 1, 2022
Isobel Collins
This is a great introduction to making pamphlets and I find it really therapeutic! Oh, and of course, Sarah's book cover artwork really rocks :)
More than 3 months ago