The equipment to produce a simple chapbook includes:
Paper - letter size (for 5.5" wide by 8.5) (Legal Size for 8½"
Cover material: card stock
Thread - embroidery floss, narrow ribbon, whatever you wish
that will work )
Bodkin or awl (or the more readily available push pin) ;-)
Bone folder (or your fingernails, back of a knife, to create
the crease / fold) :-)
Fold the paper(s) in 1/2 and create a nice sharp
Stack a number of these folded signatures (folded
papers) inside each other to give
you more pages. HINT: the more you attempt to stack,
the thicker the spine are will be,
and the less neat the alignment of pages. (and harder to bind
The Cover (scrapbook store have pre-cut, large variety
of coloured card stocks)
Fold the cover in 1/2 and add your stacked pages (one
page into the other) inside with the
spine folds aligned. Use paper clips, bulldog clips or
clothes-pegs to hold them all tight together.
Use the bodkin, awl or push pin to punch holes through
the spine of the aligned pages and cover of the chapbook.
HINT: A folded cloth, such as a towel, under the cover and
pages gives you something to punch through to, which makes it
easier. Make a central hole; then, depending on the size of
the pages, add a set of evenly spaced holes at the top and
Make sure you keep everything aligned!
Cut a piece of linen thread (ribbon, embroidery floss
or whatever) roughly twice the length of the chapbook. Thread
it through your tapestry needle.
Follow the layout steps here:
Decorate the cover at however you wish.
You can use coloured thread or ribbon for the binding for
greater decorative effect.