Your supplies! The good thing about stocking up is that most of these purchases will last you through a few hardbacks.A firm cardboard. Try binder's board
, chipboard, or the covers of an old 3-ring binder.-80lb paper. The amount of sheets depends on how thick you'd like your book to be. We bought a Strathmore 400 Series Drawing Pad
, with 24 sheets of 9"x12" paper.-A brush to spread the glue thinly and evenly.-Sharp utility blade (box-cutter or X-Acto will work).-Ruler or measuring tape.-Scissors.-A few sheets of wax paper.-Paper-backed or non-porous cloth, or heavy paper for wrapping the cardboard to form the hardcover. We used Lineco Book Cloth
in forest green.-A pencil.-Small awl
or chisel.-A swatch of loose weave cloth (cheesecloth works great). You'll be cutting this into a few different pieces, the longest of which needs to be as long as the spine of your book.-Glue. PVA
(polyvinyl acetate) glue is usually used in bookbinding because it dries quickly, is flexible, and is also acid-free. However, it is usually a little more expensive. Your standard white craft or school glue should work, too.-Heavy thread/a> and a needle. The thread can be run across a block of beeswax to prevent tangling, but isn't necessary.