PROJECTS: WEDDING BOOK
6. MAKE THE TAPES
6a. The tapes are the horizontal bands of book cloth that connect the pages to the covers. Begin by placing the signatures
inside the covers and measuring the width of the spine while
pushing down gently. Decide how far you want the tapes to wrap
around the book, then calculate their length:
Length of tapes = spine width + front measurement +
Decide on the width of the tapes and double this measurement
to account for fold-over, as shown in the figure at right.
Decide on the number of tapes, and cut them. If your book is
6" or taller, use no fewer than 3 tapes.
6b. Mark, fold, and glue the tapes. Then place them under a stack
of books to dry.
7. PIERCE HOLES
7a. Make a sewing template out of heavy paper, 3" wide and the
same length as the spine. Fold in half lengthwise.
7b. Unfold the template and place the tapes along it according
to where you want them on the book. Mark along the centerline
of the template, on either side of each tape. Also mark ¼" from
each end of the template.
7c. Stack the signatures in the order they’ll be sewn, keeping
them in order throughout the process. Place the guard from the
first signature in the book cradle, lining it up with the stand. Nest
the template over the guard and poke holes along the marks with
an awl. Repeat with the corresponding signature. Repeat until all
guards and signatures are pierced.