The book headband refers to bands located at the 2 ends of the spine of a book.
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
- Ribbon / paper that matches with your book’s cover paper
- Thick Cotton String
- Plastic Spring Clip
- PVA /Craft Glue
- Glue Sponge
- Bone Scorer
Prepare the following:
Ribbon: About 5 cm
Thick Cotton String: About 6cm
Fold the Ribbon into 2 equal halves, along its length. Apply glue to the top half of the ribbon.
Place in the thick cotton string in the middle (the region that separates the area with glue and the area without glue).
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).
When the glue dries, remove from the clip and trim off excess cotton string.
Measure the thickness of your book spine and cut the headband according to the thickness of the spine.
Glue one side of the headband starting from the bump of the cotton string, moving downwards.
Paste your headband onto the book spine.
Use a piece of magic tape hold the headband in place.
Leave it to dry.
And glue is dried, remove the magic tape and the headband is completed.
This tutorial was contributed by Sheryl Ng. Check out her tutorials at: I Love Bookbinding