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How-Tuesday: Make a Do-Si-Do Book

May 26, 2009

by Julie Schneider

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A do-si-do book, like the square dancing move with your partner, swings between two signatures. These books are like two books in one and are excellent for dual purposes, like drawings and notes, or double themes like opposites or pairs. A do-si-do book makes a meaningful, handmade gift for a recent grad: one side for dreaming and one side for getting a job and paying the bills! Read on for YourSecretAdmiral / julieincharge‘s tutorial and you’ll be whipping up your own fine books in no time.

Tools

Paper
Scissors
Linen thread
Needle
Bone folder
Awl
Pencil


Step 1: Prepare two signatures and the covers. To make each signature, fold 5-10 sheets of paper in half and trim to size. Choose a sturdy paper or lightweight board to use as the cover. Cut the cover to be the same size as the height of the signatures and as wide as three times the width of one signature. Fold the cover into thirds using a bone folder, so it forms a Z shape.


Step 2: Make a sample signature that is the same height and width as your signatures out of a single sheet of paper. Measure and mark the placement for 3 holes on the sample signature. You’ll use this as a guide for making holes in your signatures and covers. Put one signature into one of the folds of the Z shaped cover. Using a bookbinder’s awl and your sample signature as a guide, punch 3 holes through each signature and cover.


Step 3: Pull the threaded needle through the center of the first signature, leaving a tail of thread a couple inches long inside the signature.

Step 4: Push the needle through the top hole on the spine of your book.


Step 5: Pull the needle through the bottom hole on the inside of your book, skipping over the center hole and thread tail.


Step 6: Pull the needle through the center hole on the outside of the book.


Step 7: When you pull the needle into the center of the book again, make sure that the needle and thread is on one side of the long center stitch and the thread tail is on the other. Remove the needle and trim the threads. Pull each thread taut to even out the tension of the stitching.


Step 8: Tie a simple knot over the long center stitch.

Steps 9-16: Repeat steps 1-8 on the second signature.

Ta-da! Do a little dance and away you go! Fill your book with notes, drawings, and secrets.


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127 comments

  • lydialayne

    lydialayne said 7 years ago

    Great tutorial! Something else for me to try!

  • Morado

    Morado said 7 years ago

    how wonderful! thanks for sharing. Love Tuesday How Tos

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 7 years ago

    How cool!!! Thanks!

  • adoreneko

    adoreneko said 7 years ago

    Awesome tutorial! Perfect gift for new grads and as wedding favors.

  • cottonbirddesigns

    cottonbirddesigns said 7 years ago

    Great article!

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 7 years ago

    thanks for this project! just what I was looking for (yes, really!)

  • allthingswhite

    allthingswhite said 7 years ago

    this looks like so much fun, thanks!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 7 years ago

    This is such a fun idea and a really well photographed tutorial! Add another thing I want to make to my super-long list!

  • scottshandmadecrafts

    scottshandmadecrafts said 7 years ago

    Neat- I can never have enough journals!

  • maiziedesigns

    maiziedesigns said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial. I always look forward to the projects Etsy has lined up!

  • TheCottageCheese

    TheCottageCheese said 7 years ago

    What a fun project!

  • SpiffyDoodleDandy

    SpiffyDoodleDandy said 7 years ago

    Cool! I love unconventional books and journals!

  • moonovermaize

    moonovermaize said 7 years ago

    I love this idea! Thanks for the tutorial :)

  • cinnamonspice

    cinnamonspice said 7 years ago

    Thanks...can't wait to try this for dd who is always running out of doodling notebooks!

  • michon

    michon said 7 years ago

    love this project! so cute, and I always carry a small notepad in my purse so it would be fun to make my own.

  • princesstomato22

    princesstomato22 said 7 years ago

    love this! and the name is too clever!

  • LaLah

    LaLah said 7 years ago

    LOVE. love . Love...Will make adorable gifts!!!

  • ElegantSnobbery

    ElegantSnobbery said 7 years ago

    LOVE that!! How cute! I am definitely going to try it :)

  • gallery32

    gallery32 said 7 years ago

    Those are great! I think I might have to make some :)

  • uncharted

    uncharted said 7 years ago

    great project - thanks!

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 7 years ago

    Love the tutorial! I can recycle my old notebooks.

  • OffTheHooks

    OffTheHooks said 7 years ago

    wow! neat!

  • zombuki

    zombuki said 7 years ago

    So cute! :D

  • SleepDreamPlay

    SleepDreamPlay said 7 years ago

    This is great. I will need to read when I am more awake, but I have always wanted to learn this.

  • jennifermorrisbeads

    jennifermorrisbeads said 7 years ago

    such a great article..know what i'm doing tonight.. xo

  • RiverBird

    RiverBird said 7 years ago

    Very cute I am def gonna make this one!

  • daniellexo

    daniellexo said 7 years ago

    Love this tutorial! I'm gonna do-si-do very soon.

  • workingforpeanuts

    workingforpeanuts said 7 years ago

    Thanks! This is a sweet surprise. Something new to try!

  • UniqueRM

    UniqueRM said 7 years ago

    Thanks for this! A great idea for an upcoming birthday for a guy who has everything and wants nothing! I think I'm also going to use this idea combined with quilted post cards to make the covers truly unique!

  • itsybitsycute

    itsybitsycute said 7 years ago

    Love it. Simple and crafty - and a thoughtful gift! I have all of those tools laying around except the awl too. This would be great to make notebooks out of recycled papers.

  • amyrwyatt

    amyrwyatt said 7 years ago

    oooh, just in time. My art exam is next week and I have four sketchbook pages left and not enough to fit a whole new one. yay!

  • luxandlove

    luxandlove said 7 years ago

    i Love it! so simple, why didn't i think of this???

  • sabrosavintage

    sabrosavintage said 7 years ago

    cool cool cool i may practice this summer, and teach my students to make them in the fall.

  • mia4art

    mia4art said 7 years ago

    Actually made one in college in a book arts course! Comes in handy

  • sleepyking

    sleepyking said 7 years ago

    I love this!

  • theaxx

    theaxx said 7 years ago

    Oh oo, eek! This is FANTABULOUSLY inspiring! I'm going to make one! Thanks so much for the great tutorial JulieIncharge. GLAD you're in charge :) thea. xx www.forthevisionaries.tumblr.com

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 7 years ago

    Cute thanks julie for sharing.

  • MsAP143

    MsAP143 said 7 years ago

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  • MyLittleBirdie

    MyLittleBirdie said 7 years ago

    These are so cute and so easy to make... I have similar one on my etsy!

  • LittleCritters00

    LittleCritters00 said 7 years ago

    cool! cool! cool!

  • asundrynotion

    asundrynotion said 7 years ago

    What fun!

  • KTPaperCrafts

    KTPaperCrafts said 7 years ago

    Love it! Thanks for the idea!

  • findingfabulous

    findingfabulous said 7 years ago

    Great idea!

  • PipocaHandmade

    PipocaHandmade said 7 years ago

    Too cute! Thanks for another great project!

  • DeBonisOrquera

    DeBonisOrquera said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the great tutorial!

  • Jujie

    Jujie said 7 years ago

    Thank you, thank you! I'll be making one of my own soon :)

  • marysgranddaughter

    marysgranddaughter said 7 years ago

    What a fun project! Many thanks!

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 7 years ago

    love it!! thanks so much for sharing!!!

  • sean11

    sean11 said 7 years ago

    Very cool.

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 7 years ago

    very inspiring~ can't wait to make one! thanks for the tute :)

  • injeanuity

    injeanuity said 7 years ago

    Awesome! A very unique creation.

  • Kiie

    Kiie said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing :) I would like to try my own handbound book too.

  • monkeyandsquirrel

    monkeyandsquirrel said 7 years ago

    i love handmade books!!!

  • IceCreamCandy

    IceCreamCandy said 7 years ago

    this is so cool!! i'm going to try it!!

  • tinyspace

    tinyspace said 7 years ago

    i made this b4 too!! love handmade stuff:)

  • haannh

    haannh said 7 years ago

    cool!

  • vantiani

    vantiani said 7 years ago

    Oh love this! Definitely love to try it! Thank you so much for sharing this.

  • vivilian

    vivilian said 7 years ago

    wow.. I Always want to learn this thank you for sharing

  • RetroLane

    RetroLane said 7 years ago

    cute DIY project.

  • dizzydezign

    dizzydezign said 7 years ago

    Great! I'm definately going to try it myself!

  • BayMoonDesign

    BayMoonDesign said 7 years ago

    Thanks for taking the time to put together this great tutorial. I love making things and this is a project to put on my wish list.

  • MirthQuakeClothing

    MirthQuakeClothing said 7 years ago

    What is it about seeing how things are made what is so wonderful? Lovely post!

  • HeyChica

    HeyChica said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the tutorial!

  • samewish

    samewish said 7 years ago

    thx for tutorial! I want try making book!!

  • klacustomcreations

    klacustomcreations said 7 years ago

    cool project, always love something new to create!

  • juicychristians

    juicychristians said 7 years ago

    I love making books!

  • GumballGrenade

    GumballGrenade said 7 years ago

    Great tutorial! Can't wait to make one!

  • younghairlove

    younghairlove said 7 years ago

    YES, SO NEXT TIME WE OPEN A BOOK OR TEAR THE PAGES FOR A SCRIBOUYI, WE'LL THINK TWICE!! MUCH HARDER THAN I WOULD HAVE THOUGHT. i ACTUALLY ALREADY MADE A BOOK IN ONE OF MY DREAM. IT WAS EXHAUSTING!

  • moonstr

    moonstr said 7 years ago

    thanks for sharing:) great article!

  • katiusca

    katiusca said 7 years ago

    very cool!

  • decors

    decors said 7 years ago

    Thank you for this instruction! I've made my first handbound book awhile ago too, it's fun! And hey the pictures in this instruction are nice too!

  • littlepinkpebble

    littlepinkpebble said 7 years ago

    haha i'll definitely do it wow~!! Thanks

  • littlepinkpebble

    littlepinkpebble said 7 years ago

    moleskines are gonna be out of business after this :D

  • evihan

    evihan said 7 years ago

    sooo helpful...

  • babook

    babook said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this nice make things ...

  • AtticDepot

    AtticDepot said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this journal with us. I use acid free paper so we could crop and past our photos in this journal book. Such a cool book and easy to make! Love. love it!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 7 years ago

    Great idea!

  • MsAP143

    MsAP143 said 7 years ago

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  • PomLove

    PomLove said 7 years ago

    My daughter just saw this and wants to make a bunch, so, I guess we need to plan a craft day....

  • ACreativeNeed

    ACreativeNeed said 7 years ago

    Fabulous tutorial! Thanks!

  • buffalonerdproject

    buffalonerdproject said 7 years ago

    How fun!

  • mbb616

    mbb616 said 7 years ago

    Delicious! Thanks so very, very much!

  • SundraSandrusi

    SundraSandrusi said 7 years ago

    I love this idea! !!!!!!!!!!

  • SatinDolly

    SatinDolly said 7 years ago

    Fantastic! Woot for Yarn2Spin!!!!!!!

  • yarn2spin

    yarn2spin said 7 years ago

    What a great idea! One of my daughter's burns through journals. I'll have to make one for her. She'd love it! Thanks for including my Cottolin Yarn in the related items. I have a ton of fun colors to choose from.

  • blueberryfields

    blueberryfields said 7 years ago

    this is a really great and fun project. and the tutorial is perfect. thanks for sharing :)

  • DalenaVintage

    DalenaVintage said 7 years ago

    i love it! i was going to make my dad a wine journal for father's day so this is the perfect tutorial!!!

  • vilte

    vilte said 7 years ago

    very good tutorial

  • artwithallie

    artwithallie said 7 years ago

    Journals are one of my all-time faves! I have the spiral bound type available and I'm so grateful for your sharing - thanks!

  • kimbuktu

    kimbuktu said 7 years ago

    Very cool!

  • enui

    enui said 7 years ago

    nice tutorial, very clear. However, they're actually called "dos-a-dos", from French, meaning "back to back".

  • aCrystalrose

    aCrystalrose said 7 years ago

    I LOVE this idea - THANKS for the very clear "seems easy" tutorial!! I shall make one, and use it as my dual business appointment book. Thank you for the great ideas!

  • slim18

    slim18 said 7 years ago

    I love this idea. I love to be creative and try different ideas.

  • likeOMFGitsJONNY

    likeOMFGitsJONNY said 7 years ago

    This is great! I can't wait to try it out.

  • themefragrance

    themefragrance said 7 years ago

    I love all these tutorials! Keep books and journals alive!

  • LittleLadyCompany

    LittleLadyCompany said 7 years ago

    LOOOOOOOVE IT!!!! totally making it.

  • MyJunkyTrunk

    MyJunkyTrunk said 7 years ago

    What a fantastic tutorial! These "how to" articles are really helpful. Thanks for sharing!

  • ladaworks

    ladaworks said 7 years ago

    I used to make these. So much fun.

  • laurelsteven

    laurelsteven said 7 years ago

    I love it! Thanks so much for sharing it!

  • y0omii

    y0omii said 7 years ago

    fantastic! I've always wanted to learn how to make my own book ^^ This one will be fun to try out :D Thank you^^

  • ElizabethSorrey

    ElizabethSorrey said 7 years ago

    love this! you can get so creative with making your own book. thanks :)

  • stoutwoodworks

    stoutwoodworks said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! Very straightforward way of doing these!

  • illuminatedgoddess

    illuminatedgoddess said 7 years ago

    Totally love it! So easy to make... thanks so much :).

  • ThingsUnseen

    ThingsUnseen said 7 years ago

    A little twist on simple idea. its perfect!! Thank you for sharing:)

  • quirkycreatures

    quirkycreatures said 7 years ago

    I love it . Can't wait to make some quirky do-si-do books . Thank you for sharing, great easy to follow steps and photos.

  • mammysshop

    mammysshop said 7 years ago

    Amzing idea!

  • kanokwalee

    kanokwalee said 7 years ago

    Very cool. Thanks.

  • GeorgieAnnasJewelry

    GeorgieAnnasJewelry said 7 years ago

    Thanks! It seems like a great gift all around. It would also be good for our military overseas and anyone else taking some kind of journey.

  • southernladysvintage

    southernladysvintage said 7 years ago

    Cool!

  • spacejam

    spacejam said 7 years ago

    love it!!I know what to do on weekend =)

  • KAPARA

    KAPARA said 7 years ago

    Wonderfull idea!!!!

  • lariata

    lariata said 7 years ago

    Great idea! Thank you for tutorial! =)

  • medusa1307

    medusa1307 said 7 years ago

    Thank so much! I'm gonna try!

  • KayLuna

    KayLuna said 7 years ago

    That's a cool idea! Love that do-si-do book!!

  • ShoreDebris

    ShoreDebris said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much for the detailed instructions and pictures... I can't wait to try!

  • ApplewoodHandwovens

    ApplewoodHandwovens said 7 years ago

    Clever project... yet simple, great details!!

  • skylerae

    skylerae said 7 years ago

    Awesome tutorial! I'm def. going to have to give this a try! I love the detailed instructions and pictures, it makes it feel like you are in the room with us! Thanks again! SkyleRae

  • ArtsyNikki

    ArtsyNikki said 7 years ago

    Can't wait to try this - very cool!

  • gerimaus

    gerimaus said 7 years ago

    Very pretty indeed! I have a lot of loose papers and bits of board so it seems like a very good idea to put them together and use, rather than let the papers lie there and become damaged with each time I pull a single sheet out. I'll use it as one side for knitting and one side for crochet projects :)

  • samsstuff

    samsstuff said 7 years ago

    Very cool project. I've been wanting to do some handmade books of some type!

  • becross

    becross said 7 years ago

    lovely idea , I will try to do one for lover.

  • jaines

    jaines said 7 years ago

    very interesting.....i think i'll try this summer;-P

  • JewishPapercuts

    JewishPapercuts said 7 years ago

    I can't wait to create this! Thanks SO MUCH for sharing the technique!

  • reinaldovalentin

    reinaldovalentin said 7 years ago

    I think I'll make one.

  • ktolve

    ktolve said 7 years ago

    Oh- what a unique design, I love my accordion moleskin notebook. this reminds me of it xoxo boot

  • AZdreamdolls

    AZdreamdolls said 7 years ago

    that is so cool! I'm going to make some of those for birthday and christmas presents now!

  • work2gather

    Deborah Martin from work2gather said 2 years ago

    I just found a link to this. I have a similar art-type book I found somewhere and was delighted to see the instruction page. I LOVE the one I have and don't want to use it because it is so special. It is an amazing design for a record book. Mine has thicker boards for the sections, but any design can be upgraded. I may try to make one for myself now....maybe for gifts.

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