In a previous post on making collages with kids, I mentioned my visits to P.S. 142 and the wonderful students I worked with there. A few weeks ago, I made my last visit to two 1st grade classes, and we completed our book projects by binding them together.
The binding method I did with the children is a very simplified version, using just paper and yarn. I prepped by taking the students’ writing/collage projects home and punching holes in the margin beforehand. I also cut lengths of yarn and knotted one end and taped the other end to form a blunt point for “sewing”.
Then, we bound the books together in class.
The children loved having a hand-made finished product at the end!
To bind papers together to make a book, you need:
Large Paper Clip
1. Punch holes in paper along left margin. It helps to keep all the pages aligned by holding the stack together with a large paper clip. Keep it on until you’re finished binding.
2. Cut a length of yarn that is twice as long as the length of the margin side of the papers.
3. Tie a knot on one end. Wrap a piece of tape on the other end to create a blunt point that can be threaded easily through the holes.
4. Bind the pages together following the steps below: