Cut your covers whatever size you want the book to be. Take the front cover and cut an inch off the spine edge. Keep that inch to put back in with your cover. Take another ¼ of an inch off the front cover and discard. So now you have three pieces that are going to make up the cover; a back cover, and a front cover with 2 parts. Cover the book board with paper.
Cut your text block pages. They don’t have to be folded signatures just cut them all the same size. Make sure that your pages are about 1/8th of an inch smaller on the head, tail and the fore edge. Make end papers to go in the text block too.
Create a template for where you want to puncture holes. Make 5 holes 1/4th of an inch away from spine and make 4 holes 3/4th of an inch away from spine.
Punch holes in front and back cover and in text block. Try to keep the text block in place the whole time, use clamps to keep it from moving. You want your holes not be huge but not really small or its hard to get the thread through the holes as many times as you need.
Sew the text block to the front and back cover in the Hemp leaf stitch pattern.
1. Start at the tail edge at the second to last hole on the inside set. Go up through the back of the book to the front.
2. Loop the needle around the spine and back in the same hole.
3. At the front of the book now move your needle to the back of the book through the next hole going up the spine in the same row.
4. Loop the needle around the spine and back through the same hole.
5. Now at the back of the book thread through the next hole in the same row. At the front of the book now.
6. Loop the needle around the spine and back through.
7. Now at the top of the book at the last hole on the inside set of holes. Loop around spine and around tail edge.
8. Now go back down the other side using the same technique.
9. At the tail end of the spine now it’s time to start filling in the first row of holes. At the back of the book come back up through the same hole you started in.
10. Continue down the book making Y shaped stitches and then tie a square knot when you get to the end.