Making and Sewing Headbands – Video Tutorials

Following on from our popular Headband Gallery post we’ve had many requests for a couple of video tutorials on how to create and sew headbands (also known as endbands). We’ve crawled the darkest corners of the internet and have a found a couple of video ‘gems’. Note that videos shown above and below are works of other bookbinders and not the work of iBookBinding (these will come later…)

We would love to know what you think of the videos, please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

** Note that the first few videos have no sound, whilst the rest of the tutorials do. I would recommend watching them all as they each demonstrate different techniques and offer helpful tips and advice throughout ***

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A summary of what you can expect to find in the video tutorials above:

Video Tutorial 1

Bookbinding 101 Sewing Headbands Session 1
Created by M.H.R.

Headband Sewing and Threading Steps

Session 1: ONE CORE WITH BEADS IN TWO COLOURS

  • BASIC TOOLS
    • A Rounded/Backed Sewn Book with Endsheets
    • Needles
    • Two Different Colored Threads
    • Core Material (A Leather Strip)
    • Bookbinding Cord linen/cotton/hemp
    • A strip of flexible material, ie. bamboo
    • Glue and brush
    • A pair of scissors
    • A note on Thread Selection
    • Pure Silk & Cotton
    • A note on core material
    • Rolled Paper
  • SECURING THE BOOK
    • Using a vice or Lying Press
    • Using a Large BookBinders Clip & Magnet
  • PREPARING THE THREAD
    • Tying the threads together
  • SEWING THE SIGNATURES
    • The first stitch
    • Alternating the thread
  • ATTACHING THE CORE
    • Threading the core through the loop
    • Affixing the core, repeating the process
  • TAGGING
    • Traditional vs modern (exposed sewing designs)
    • Marking the signatures to tag
    • Sewing the headband onto the spine
  • TYING THE END
    • The unconventional method of tying the end
  • TRIMMING THE EXCESS CORE
  • GLUING THE END AND KNOT
  • SECURING THE ENDBANDS
    • Using a flattened tube or piece of card

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Video Tutorial 2

Bookbinding 101 Sewing Headbands Session 2
Created by M.H.R.

Headband Sewing and Threading Steps

Session 2 – TWO CORES WITH BEADS IN THREE COLOURS (FRENCH DOUBLE)

  • NOTICE: THREAD LENGTH
  • MARKING WHERE TO CHANGE COLORS
  • PLANNING – COUNTING THE WRAPS
  • TAGGING MARKERS
    • Marking with Pen
    • Tagging Template
  • SEWING HEADBANDS
    • Starting off
    • Core information
    • Threading the Core Material
    • Wrapping Instruction
  • TAGGIN HEADBAND TO SIGNATURES
  • THE LAST TIE
  • TRIMMING THE EXCESS CORDS
  • GLUING THE ENDS OF THE HEADBANDS AND LAST KNOT
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