Making Photobooks: Japanese Stab Binding Book

Updated: Apr 25, 2021

Last year, I made a magazine article on how to make four different types of photobooks; zine, japanese stab binder, an accordian photobook, and a booklet. This week, I'll be posting more in-depth tutorials for each one.


This tutorial will show you how to make a Japanese Stab Binding Book.

You will need: Paper, needle and thread, scissors, binder clip, ruler, pencil, awl (or another kind of sharp pin tool)

Choose your photos. Mine are one per page. Print off your images to be centre paged and print to whatever page size you desire.

To keep the papers even, clip them together with a binder clip.

Get your thread and run it along the height of your book for measurement. Do this three more times so your thread is four times the height of the book. Cut the thread. Thread it through the needle, ready for sewing stage.

Using your ruler and a pencil, mark four evenly laid out sewing stations. We'll call them station one, two, three, and four.

Using your awl, pierce the sewing stations all the way through to the last page. Thread your needles and tie a knot at the end.

To bind, begin at station two the side of the back cover.

Pull your needle through the station and wrap your needle around the spine and back through station two.

Wrap the needle around the side to front cover and go through station one. Then go through station two and then station three and station four.

Wrap the thread around the spine and back through station four. Wrap around tail to front cover and go through the stations back the station two and tie the two thread ends together in a knot and cut the ends off.


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