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TUTORIAL: Shaped cover

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a shaped binding. A shaped binding is based on a basic binding and can really add character to a piece of work.

Step 1: What you need

  • 2 sheets of card

  • scissors

  • masking tape

  • stapler

Step 2: Making the cover

To make the cover cut a 1 inch strip from the edge of one of the cards.

Step 3: Taping the hinge

Place the strip and card beside each other but leave a small gap.  Use masking tape to bind the two pieces of card together. This will be your hinged cover.

Step 4: Compiling the book

Sandwich the contents of the book between the single sheet of card (which will be the back cover), and the hinged cover that you just made.

Step 5: Stapling the hinge

Staple the book together through the small hinge. Make sure to get close to the inner edge.

Step 6: The finished product

The book is now bound and is ready to decorate.

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