Booklet Binding

Booklet Binding

Booklet binding PDF is a 13 page .pdf document that I made to show the steps in constructing a simple, handsome binding learners age 5 to 9 can make using only scissors, staplers, and glue.

I tape each page of the instructions side by side to the next to make a long, accordion folded banner. The title page goes first follow by the numbered steps.

It is a long, multi-step sequence but possible after a demonstration and help from classmates.


The goal is for learners to bind a book of any size and a reasonable number of pages by themselves with as little help as necessary. Expect them to turn to classmates, to the chart, to the educator’s example book — any help they can get without the adult doing it for them.

I use the Demonstration — Do — Review procedure.

Demonstration: I point to a step and immediately demonstrate that step making an example booklet before their eyes. I emphasize that the schematic is a reminder for them.

Do: The learners have all the materials they need available to them. If a person needs help, they ask a peer first, look at the pictured sequence, or look at the example book. If that doesn’t work then the task is too difficult — beyond the Zone of Proximal Development.

Review: Later, often the next session, the group reviews the sequence of steps in the chart and discusses the problems encountered.

I use 2-dot chipboard for the stiff cover material. I have the local University book store which has it for art and architecture students. You can use any light, non-corrugated cardboard that is stiff enough, at least somewhat heavier than the tagboard used in file folders.. The yellow and brown in the pictures are not intended to be the colors one has to use; those colors distinguish the inside from the outside papers. The covers can be in any color, decorated, painted, printed, stamped, etc. The person doing the binding has to decide which they want for the outside and which for the inside. They could be the same, too, of course.

The actual size of the booklet cover depends upon the page size to be bound. I recommend adding 1″ (or 2 cm) to the height of the page size and 1/2″ (or 1 cm) to the width of the page size to compute the cover size.

Scoring the fold line helps immeasurably to accurate folding. To score paper, make a very shallow impression on the paper surface with the point of the scissors or a dull knife, running along a straight edge guide. The stiffening card itself can be the straight edge for this. If too deep, the paper will not hold together, so practice might be necessary. Proper scoring makes the folding accurate and neat.