Japanese Stab Tutorial

by Kelsey Norwood

in Tutorials

Japanese stab bindings are one of my favorite bookbinding techniques because they are very versatile and can range from very simple to very complex. The book that I’m teaching you to make here can be done in less than 30 minutes with supplies that most people have on hand. Other Japanese stab bindings take much more work and time. The sewing for this particular book is the simplest pattern, but there are as many different patterns as you can come up with – another great thing about this binding.

Watch this quick video to learn how to make a simple Japanese stab book.

Click here for Japanese Stab Book Binding written instructions. But first…

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Watch Japanese Stab Tutorial Part 2 about sewing and finishing the book.


1 Sue D August 30, 2008 at 5:01 am

Very good video tutorial. Directions were clear and easy to understand. I also like having the written instructions available. I especially liked the paper ruler–how easy is that!

2 The wipe January 2, 2009 at 10:58 pm

Thanks ! thats a very clear video tutorial .

3 Carolyn S March 4, 2009 at 9:33 am

I am so glad you asked us to leave a comment on a non contest post, I had forgotten about this post and video. I absolutely love the look of the Japanese Stab book binding. I made one small book, right after I saw this and gave it as a gift to a new mom and she loved it! It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. Then I put it out of my mind and now, when I have an end of the year, (and my daughters HS marching band career) coming up, I am going to use it to do a book for the band director of this years show, Asian Impressions. Appropriate, don’t you think? thanks so much for this tutorial again.

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4 Baba August 3, 2009 at 10:21 am

I have wanted to try this out for some time now and you make it look easy with this technique. I’d also like to try one of the harder ones too.

5 Nelson Linaburg September 29, 2009 at 5:41 am

When I sign up, it says I’m already entered…but I don’t seem to get any newsletters…?

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