[Tutorial] How To Make A Headband in Bookbinding



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


Traditionally, headbands were used by bookbinders to align book signatures and more importantly, strengthen the ends of a book. It led to the creation of sturdier books that last longer.

The making of a traditional book headband is a time-consuming process that requires patience and finger strength. 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.

However, it adds a nice finishing touch to any book. And craft bookbinders love to use it as a form of decoration or a distinguishing mark on their books.

This tutorial shows you how to make a simple headband.

Do note that this tutorial features headbands for decorative purposes only.


How to Make A Headband For Your Book


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



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.


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

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1 thought on “[Tutorial] How To Make A Headband in Bookbinding”

  1. I do agree with all of the ideas you’ve presented in your post. They are really convincing and will certainly work. Still, the posts are too short for newbies. Could you please extend them a little from next time? Thanks for the post.


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