bc205 ~ The Unicorn Tapestries Book Tutorial

Required tools and supplies:

  • X-acto knife with a fresh blade, small detailing scissors

  • A thin metal straight-edge ruler and/or bone folder. Make fold lines by pressing against edge of the ruler.

  • Good cutting mat

  • Fast-grab, quick-dry white craft glue that dries clear, and a glue stick

  • Small piece of aluminum foil to use as a glue pot

  • Slender artist's paint brush to apply glue

  • Small office binder clips

  • Clear packing tape

1.  Cut out one strip of pages at a time. Use the guide found along each strip to ensure that you fold at the correct points. Fan-fold each strip as indicated taking care that the raw edges line up perfectly.

2.  Use a glue stick and carefully add a layer of glue to the back side of the first strip. Take care to reach the edges of the strip. DO NOT PAINT GLUE TO BACKS OF THE ‘END BOARDS’ that are located at the beginning and end. Use the glue stick for this step only.

3.  Next, one-by-one, press the blank sides of the pages together as seen in photo. Take special note of the ‘end board’ and the title page.

4.  Locate the light fold line found at the middle of each page (in the top and bottom margins). Use a metal ruler to fold pages. Notice that the fold is not in exact middle and on purpose.

5.  Clip the four stacked strips of pages together with small office binder clips. You might want to place a folded bit of cardboard under the pinch of the clips to avoid denting the pages. Paint a generous layer of glue to the spine side of the page edges. Allow to dry thoroughly.

6.  Move now to the book's cover. Carefully tape the pattern to the leatherette piece with clear packing tape. Tape to the reverse side so as not to damage the leatherette surface.

7.  Cut out the cover piece with a blade tool. Include cuts for the notches at either side of the spine tabs.

8.  Take the quick-dry glue, and generously paint glue to the back side of the cover’s paper lining panel. Position the panel to the exact center of the leatherette piece. Allow to dry thoroughly before moving to the next step.

9.  Paint a generous coat of glue to the wrong side of the leather and glue perimeter tabs to the lining panel. If there are any gaps in the corner or spine seams, use a sharp-point felt- tip pen of the same color as the leather to cover exposed white paper.


10.  Fold at the lines that designate where the spine will be. Slip the stack of pages into the cover to ensure the fit is correct.

11.  Paint glue to the blank side of the ‘end boards’ and the spine – a second time.

12.  Position the unit carefully on the inside of the book cover.  Flatten out edges.

13. Paint glue to the cover’s art panel and carefully position it as shown in the photo.

14. Take the dust jacket and line up the spine’s art to book’s spine. Hold in place as you fold in the flaps.
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