How To Make A Headband for Book Binding

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The book headband refers to bands located at the 2 ends of the spine of a book.

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In traditional book binding, the headband was the result of bookbinders who wanted to strengthen the ends of their book as well as to align their book signatures together. The making of a traditional book headband is a time-consuming process that requires patience and strength (in the fingers). A tutorial to making a traditional book headband can be seen here.

With the advancement in book binding technology, the headband is no longer used in most commercial books.

In the handicraft of bookbinding, the headband has become a form of decoration. The following tutorial will show you how to make a simple headband for decorative purposes.

How to Make A Headband For Your Book

Materials:

Materials to make a headband

 

  • Ribbon / paper that matches with your book’s cover paper
  • Thick Cotton String
  • Plastic Spring Clip
  • PVA /Craft Glue
  • Glue Sponge
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Bone Scorer

Instructions

 

Step 1:
Prepare the following:
Ribbon: About 5 cm
Thick Cotton String: About 6cm
 Prepare 5cm of ribbon

 

 Step 2:
Fold the Ribbon into 2 equal halves, along its length. Apply glue to the top half of the ribbon.
Spread Glue over Ribbon

 

Step 3:
Place in the thick cotton string in the middle (the region that separates the area with glue and the area without glue).
 Place string on area with glue

 

Step 4:
Fold the ribbon in half.
Get rid of air bubbles and excess glue using your bone scorer.
Make sure there are no gaps at the region where the cotton string is being held.
Use a plastic spring clip to secure the ribbon together and leave it for it to dry (approximately 1 hour or until the glue has dried).
Wait for headband to dry

 

Step 5:
When the glue dries, remove from the clip and trim off excess cotton string.
Remove excess string

 

Step 6:
Measure the thickness of your book spine and cut the headband according to the thickness of the spine.
 Cut required amount of headband

 

Step 7:
Glue one side of the headband starting from the bump of the cotton string, moving downwards.
apply glue

 

Step 8:
Paste your headband onto the book spine.
Paste headband on book

 

 Step 9:
Use a piece of magic tape hold the headband in place.
Leave it to dry.
 Ues magic tape to hold in place

 

Step 10:
And glue is dried, remove the magic tape and the headband is completed.
completed-headband

 

 This tutorial was contributed by Sheryl Ng. Check out her tutorials at: I Love Bookbinding

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