Online Workshop: Hard Cover Books

Date TBA | 6 weeks
6 pre-recorded video tutorials and PDF instructions posted each Wednesday at 8:00 am ET. Access to a private chat area for questions and comments, additional videos posted when neededZoom office hours will let you ask questions and meet the other students.

$275 ($335 with curated materials kit)

Instructor: Andrew Huot

Hard Cover Book Structures

Are you ready to move beyond soft pamphlets or accordion books? This class will cover variations of hard-covered books with single and multiple sections. In class we will learn to make a pamphlet with board covers, a Sewn Board Binding, which opens flat, and lastly a case-bound book, similar to the books you may have at home. These structures are sewn and glued, covered in cloth and paper, and can be used as journals, sketchbooks, or artist books

In this course you will learn:

How to use the bookbinding tools.
Knowledge of bookmaking materials and their qualities.
Three (3) variations of hard cover books.
The skills to make more books for journals, sketchbooks, or artists’ books to your specifications.

Level of Experience / Skills Required

All levels; no prior book-making experience required. Some comfort with accurate measuring, folding, and cutting with blades/knives will be helpful to master the skills taught in this workshop.

You will need the following supplies:


Text weight paper – 65# to 80#
Cover weight paper – 65# to 80#
Book Cloth
Binders Board
Decorated papers for covers and endsheets

Kits of curated materials are available for purchase. Materials will be from a variety of sources and cut to size. There will be enough to allow you to make each book.


Bone Folder
Craft Knife / Olfa / Xacto
Metal Ruler
Self-healing cutting mat
Bookbinder’s Awl
Bookbinding Needle
Glue Brush

Linen Thread – 18/3 thickness, unwaxed
PVA Adhesive

Assembled tool kits for this class can be found at Colophon Book Arts, link here. You can purchase the basic kit at the link and add on any additional tools for this workshop. You can also purchase tools from any bookbinding supplier on the resource page or at your local art supply store.

Please leave your contact information so we can alert you when dates have been set and registration is open.

How this online workshop works


Video tutorials and accompanying pdfs will be posted on Wednesday mornings. You can access these materials any time once they are released, and work at your own pace. You’ll have time to complete the lesson at your convenience before moving on to the next lesson on the following Wednesday. During the week, I’ll be checking messages in the chat area to answer any questions you may have along the way. There will be a couple zoom office hours to check in and get to know your fellow students.


Tutorials post at 8 am ET
Week 1, Overview of tools and materials, Sewing the Hard Cover Pamphlet 
Week 2, Wrapping boards and finishing the Hard Cover Pamphlet
Week 3, Sewn Board Binding, sewing structure assembly
Week 4, Sewn Board Binding, constructing the spine and boards
Week 5, Case Bound Book, constructing the text block
Week 6, Case Bound Book, constructing the cover and casing in