DIY Japanese Bookbinding Tutorial | 4-Hole | Sea Lemon


In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to do a 4-hole Japanese binding. Here’s a list of materials and tools
that I’ll be using. I’m using 8 inch by 11 inch paper for the whole book. First I’m going to make a template for the binding holes. Take one of the inside pages and make a
line 1 inch line from the spine’s edge. Then fold the paper in half 3 times. Now unfold the paper, and mark 4 holes spaced out like this. My book is too thick to make holes all the way through in one shot. So I’m dividing my book into sets of about 5 pages, and using my template as a guide to make the holes. You can clip the sets together to keep them in place. To make the holes, you can use a screw punch tool, or an awl. To learn more about the screw punch that I’m using, check out the video to the left. If you don’t have an awl, check out the video to the right for a quick substitute. You can also find these links in the
description below. Now, using the template as a guide, make the binding holes. After you have punched some pages, you can also use those pages or the cover as a template too. After all the holes are made, it’s time to bind. I’m using waxed cotton thread, single threaded, no knot. For Japanese binding, it’s better to have more thread than to run out. To estimate how much thread to use, I’m going to make the length about 5 times the height of my book. First take a portion of the pages and
start from the bottom on the second hole. Leave about 4 or 5 inches (13 cm) on the end. And tuck it between, so it’s going towards
the other end of the book. This is where the final knot will be tied. Then wrap around to the bottom of the
book, and back through like this. Then to the next hole, wrap around and back through. When you reach the last hole, wrap around and back through again, then wrap around on the end and back
through. Now weave through the rest of the holes to the
other end, wrap around the same way and back to the 2nd hole you started from. When you reach the 2nd hole, return
the needle in between where the end of the thread is. And tie the 2 ends together in a knot. You can pull on them a little to make
sure the binding isn’t too loose. Then cut the ends off. I hope you found this tutorial helpful, and feel free to like or leave your comments below. To learn how to make your own waxed thread, check out the video to the left. For an overview on bookbinding needles, check out the video to the right. Be sure to subscribe for more tutorials.

100 thoughts on “DIY Japanese Bookbinding Tutorial | 4-Hole | Sea Lemon

  1. So I'm taking a historic photographic processes class at SAIC and it was brought to my attention that even though it was popularized by the Japanese in the west this binding method is Chinese in origin still a great way to make photo books it looks great!!!

  2. Very clear and succinct tutorial, thank you. This so-called Japanese technique provides a refined touch to documents which have to be bound, making for a beautiful presentation.

  3. it is a Chinese binding method for the ancient Chinese books, when people wrote and read from up to down each line, right to left each page (instead of from left to right each line, up to down each page as the modern people do), so this binding method is not perfect for modern books and notebooks.

  4. so easy to follow and understand. didnt have a needle big enough to use so i just used my waxed cord as is and poked though a hole i made larger so its easier to go though without the need of a needle. thanks!

  5. I tried it n it turned out great! So satisfied of it 'cause im usually so bad with needles..thanks again!!

  6. Wow great tutorial! I have a question, I've been looking around all over on how to bind a small book so do you think this kind of binding could bind a small book? If not, what type of binding should I try?

  7. Thank you SO much for this! Every year, I make my husband a little Christmas book with cartoons of memories from the past year. And every year, I use your video to bind it. Five years running! πŸ˜€

  8. OMG I've been obsessing over Chinese/Japanese book binding and I finally found this video. Thank you so much for the clear and helpful tutorial πŸ˜€

  9. This is great. It looks like I can use this method to fix one of my scrapbooks. Never should have used those damn notebooks where it's held together with glue.

  10. Thank you sooo much for your great video! Got this for my project on university and it's sooo beautiful and works perfectly! I'm so happy!

  11. Suggestion: If you slightly score all the pages (including the covers) in the same place a safe distance from the holes, the book will be a bit easier to open.

  12. We're using your video in a university class! Just thought you should know! Great job~

  13. This is really cool and super simple. πŸ˜€ It would be a great starter project for newbies or even youngsters.

  14. U r so talentedπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  15. Thanks! I'm binding three books for my post-grad research in this way, and this tutorial made it alot easier than reading the steps in my bookmaking book πŸ™‚

  16. Its really useful.. ❀️ ❀️ thank you soo much

  17. Maybe it would have been better if the holes were a bit more near the edge so the pages lay a bit more flat? or is this kind of book binding only for pages that r already full

  18. If i wanted to score the pages at the 1 inch mark so the book lays flat would that work??

  19. I'm Japanese, but I didn't know this DIY.
    Just great, thank you for upload it.

  20. what song did you use in the background of this video with the Violins? it sounds so similar but I can't put my finger on it

  21. Good Morning…if I using a hard cover, do I need to have two pieces so that there is a fold line when I open the book? Thanks for great series of videos!

  22. Just this with a 3 hole punched book and twine as proof of concept with surprisingly good results. Book lays open etc. thanks for the video!

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  24. Can you move the threading holes closer to the spine edge to give more useable page space?
    Thank you

  25. I’m going to bind a book this way for a graphic design class, hopefully it goes well. Thank you so much for all of your helpful videos!

  26. This was exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for sharing this. I always end up printing packets of reference material for research and its nice to be able to easily bind them into packets, so I dont have a bagillion loose papers floating around and not knowing where any of them go, hah. and I dont need a bunch of fancy setups and tool to pull this of either. I just used a regular hand drill to make the holes. its not as pretty as yours, but it does the job, and thats good enough for me. Thanks again!

  27. I have an owl in my back yard. Will he do? Just kidding. I bought one of those Japanese awls after I saw one of your other tutorials.

  28. β€’ First, thank you very much for this awesome tutorial. I love how simple and straightforward your videos are.
    β€’ Okay, just finished this project for a watercolor book. I used chipboard for the cover (I do not recommend this), now the book is inflexible. It looks like she used paper or vinyl-paper for the cover so that it's flexible. Oh well…lesson learned. I do really like this method of binding. I combined this binding method with another SeaLemon video on covering board with paper for your cover. That turned out fantastic :). I will make some notes, and put this book on my shelf.
    β€’ I bought a screw punch on Amazon. It does not work as easily as the one in the video. I had the hardest time with the watercolor paper. I finally used my awl. Anyone have a recommendation for a good screw punch? Or, what do you use to punch chip board?

  29. I love your tutorials. You're so good, I think you could leave aside the music soundtrack. Keep going.

  30. thank you omg this is saving me big time using this to bind my portfolio I thought this is going to be super complicated

  31. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, as a student I constantly download pdf books and this tutorial has been really useful!!! πŸ˜€

  32. No kidding on using waxed thread! I got a knot in the middle of this and it was a nightmare undoing it.

  33. I see it like this is just GREAT tutorial, maybe the best for bookbindind. It's easy and effective. For holes you can use lot of things and lot of threads. It fit and hold. Really really useful and you can do it by yourself. This is that, what you want, if you're finding making own book. The best!!

  34. A wonderful demonstration. I've been eager to give this a try, your definition is clear and I'm grateful. Keep designing!!

  35. Hey, just to let you know I found it a little difficult to see the green thread on the green paper. I get that it looks nice for the book, but for the purposes of a tutorial maybe a contrasting thread would have been better? Can't wait to try this technique out though 😊

  36. Do the holes have to be one inch from the edge? Can you not do, say, half an inch or a quarter of an inch? I like the width of landscape notebooks but want to avoid decreasing the width as much as I can

  37. can you also do a video of the Tortoise Japanese Binding? this video is great. thank you!

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