Create a Children's Book

90 Minutes
So you have a book on your hard-drive and you are itching to see it in print. Or you want to make a blank book...skip to the binding part,you only need blank paper and a few more craft items. Once you have the layouts in Adobe Pagemaker or other publishing program and they are in the proper collated order you can print out your inside pages.
You will need:
*stock 65lb paper
*awl. (Paper punch)
* needle and thread
*heavy chipboard
*fabric for cover
* glue
*sign maker's 's squeegee/something to smooth out pages.
to add image to cover:
*mod podge
*clear spray paint
covers of some books I have made for family and friends
1st Rule: The number of pages in your book has to be devisable by 4 or you will need to add blank pages until it does. The paper is folded in half and front and back makes four pages.

2nd : They have a set order that they will have to be put into when sending to your printer to print them front and back. I give an example of a 16 pg layout.

Imagine taking apart the book and removing the pages like an onion peel. This is the order the pages will go in.

Last Page- First Page on reverse Second page- Next to Last page and so on as in the diagram.

**Notice the numbering pattern and that all page pairs add up to the total number of pages plus one.... = 17 in this case.
Always add end page (inside cover)
While it can also be done by a machine, hand stitching will give a novice the best control and appreciation of the process.

When I hand bind I punch the holes first with a dress pin or other needle to make guide holes for my sewing needle to go through. Then you double white thread, but I sometimes opt for a color thread. Stitch every half of an inch and then double back at the other end and fill in to make it sturdy and more attractive. Make sure to pull stitches firm against the pages but not so tight to tear the paper.

If you have a paper cutter you can trim the finished pages so they are uniform. Scissors will also work.
For a soft cover: Print your cover on card stock and glue end pages and book into it with it flat on a table. If you glue it in with book closed the book will dry very tight and nearly impossible to completely open without tearing the spine and binding.
For a Hard Cover:

Use two pieces of heavy board cut to size, slightly larger than inside pages. Cover it with cloth and glue it down or sew it down with at least an inch folding neatly over all inside corners.
When you are going to place the inside of your book into the cover, make sure you add a strip of glue along the stitching to attach it to the cover and sparingly over the inside of the cover boards, then glue down end pages (inside covers) as well, trying to avoid air pockets and glue bumps. Best to smooth out the glue with your finger.
glue down end pages into cover, smooth out all air bubbles for nice tight bond. Allow to dry. A printers squeegee or Pan scrapper works best to smooth the pages down, careful when going close to seams so you don't tear the binding.
Covers can be decorated in any number of ways. I have used Mod Podge to add a printed image onto fabric and paper covers, as well as a white t-shirt transfer on fabric to put a image onto a furry cover, that I then trimmed with suede lace.
example of reverse of Title page and page 3 layout.
I must be a Teacher at heart. This is a example of the learning exercises I put at the end of my book that includes both song and book writing.
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