DIY Binding Techniques

A course by Fábrica de Texturas
Design workshop Do It Yourself. Madrid, Spain.
On Domestika since 02/17/2015
, Design workshop Do It Yourself

Learn to bind a paper publication

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (491)
  • 7460 students

Learn to bind a paper publication

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (491)
  • 7460 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 16 Lessons (3h 4m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Unlimited access forever

In this Textures Factory course you will learn how to design and bind your own books, catalogs, fanzines, travel notebooks or your paper portfolio in a completely manual way.

You will know the different techniques that encompass the binding process, from the folding of paper through the Japanese stitching, the realization of hard and soft covers, the creation of foldouts, etc. and you will get the most out of working with different materials such as wood, cardboard or fabric.

Discover how to edit your graphic content adapted to each type of binding.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Binding. Basic concepts
  • U3
    U3. Folded notebooks
  • U4
    U4. Stitched notebooks
  • U5
    U5. Desktop publishing
  • FP
    FP Final project
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You will start with a brief introduction to the concept of "Low Tech design", or what is the same, the use of techniques in which you do not need machinery or complex processes to perform them. Then you will delve into the anatomy of the book and the tools and materials you will need.

Once you have your basic bookbinder kit you will discover how to create step by step different types of folded notebooks - accordion, butterfly, geometric and its variants - and the techniques of Japanese and Coptic stitching.

Next, you will enter the incredible world of Desktop Publishing. You will learn how to design a book by choosing the materials, the type of cover, formats ... Once you have the base, you will have to digitally design your project with Adobe InDesign.

The last phase will be the printing and binding and you will have your paper portfolio ready to be distributed!

What is this course's project?

You must self-publish a publication. As a base during the course, you will see the process of designing a catalog for a greengrocer, but you can select your own graphic production and those projects that you feel most proud of to make your portfolio, for example.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

Anyone wanting to learn about editorial design and create their portfolio or any other graphic material (catalogs, photography notebooks, fanzines, books, travel notebooks) in a creative and original way.

What you need

You will have to make basic homemade materials to make the binding such as paper, brushes, cloth ... and everything you want to incorporate. Do not worry about anything because Fábrica de Texturas will tell you where to buy everything you need.

In addition, you must have installed Adobe InDesign computer or any program of layout and, of course, a lot of desire to learn and enjoy.


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Fábrica de Texturas

A course by Fábrica de Texturas

Design workshop Do It Yourself

Fábrica de Texturas is a 100% "Do it Yourself" project based in Madrid since 2012. Behind are Gabriela Rodríguez and Xavier Robledo, two lovers of handmade design whose philosophy is based on experimenting with artisan techniques and plastic arts to make them current and accessible to all the world.

Their DIY kits and workshops have become so famous that brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Ikea, Mahou, Fnac or DaWanda claim them in all kinds of collaborations and events.


  • U1


    • Textures Factory and the "Low Tech"
    • Theoretical introduction and contemporary applications
    • Contents
  • U2

    Binding. Basic concepts

    • Anatomy of the book
    • Tools and Materials
  • U3

    Folded notebooks

    • Accordion
    • Butterfly (part I)
    • Butterfly (part II)
    • Geometric
  • U4

    Stitched notebooks

    • Japanese binding (part I)
    • Japanese Binding (Part II)
    • Japanese Binding (Variant)
    • Coptic binding
  • U5

    Desktop publishing

    • Book design
    • Layout and printing
    • Binding
  • FP

    Final project

    • DIY Binding Techniques

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DIY Binding Techniques. A Craft course by Fábrica de Texturas

DIY Binding Techniques

A course by Fábrica de Texturas
Design workshop Do It Yourself. Madrid, Spain.
On Domestika since 02/17/2015
  • 100% Positive reviews (491)
  • 7460 students