Produce a minimum of 3 visuals/design ideas


Experiment with the following materials to produce three portrait sample pamphlet bindings.


  • text papers (90-130 gms)
  • at least two types of  covering material including decorative papers (marbled, printed, Japanese etc.)
  • boards in a range of different thicknesses for hardback and limp case bindings
  • mull or linen lining
  • linen or cotton threads


Use the following techniques:


  • measure and cut accurately
  • determine and use appropriate grain of paper
  • deckled (torn) or trimmed edges
  • fold and sew single sections with three hole stitch
  • careful application of appropriate adhesive
  • use wrap-around and tipped on endpapers
  • make covers and case in with even squares


Suggested activities

Unit 118: Multi-section sewn journals



Experiment with the following and evaluate and compare the results:-

  • Sewing with different threads and number and positioning of sewing holes. What effects do they have?
  • Different cover materials. How to they behave when adding adhesive? Which one work best and why?
  • Different cover styles: full; half; quarter; hardcover; softcover; own designs.
  • Different papers for the sections and different numbers of folios.
  • Different papers for the endpapers.
  • Document your observations and thoughts as you go along.
  • What techniques went well? What didn't go so well? What would you do differently?

TIP: Take photos as you go along and keep notes of the techniques and materials used for your supporting evidence!

If you can.....

....then you are ready to complete this task.

  • Explain the principles of a case binding

  • Choose appropriate materials

  • Trim thicker materials (eg, Greyboard or sections) with perpendicular edges

  • Sew sections with a consistent, correct tension.

  • Sew pre-trimmed sections with even head, tail and fore edge

  • Accurately calculate the size of cover materials appropriate to the size and functionality of the book

  • Make a case that fits the text block perfectly

  • Turn in perfect corners every time regardless of thickness of board and covering materials used

  • Case in the book with smooth pastedowns and even squares

Updated to August 2020 requirements