Free binding guides

Mini Binding Guide

We've made two little 8 page guides for you with details about common binding techniques. You can download the PDFs, print them out yourself and make into little booklets. They are completely free to download, but we would love you to click the like button or mention us on Twitter. Cheers.

Download the free binding guides

You might also want to check out our Print Handbook. It's full of loads of handy information too.

What's inside?

The guides include information on the following binding types:

  • Saddle stitch
  • Loop stitch
  • Stab stitch
  • Perfect bound
  • Singer sewn
  • Case bound
  • PUR bound
  • Screw bound
  • Comb bound
  • Spiral bound
  • Wire bound
  • Tape bound

A little extra info: The calculations on the number pages/leaves that each binding method can accomodate is based on 100gsm paper.

How to make your binding guides

Mini Binding Guide

The guides are simple to create and there are brief instructions on one of the panels on each PDF. All you need is a printer and some scissors (or knife and ruler).

  1. Download your PDFs using the button above
  2. Print the pages out (select "fit to printable area" unless you can do borderless printing)
  3. On each trim around the blue dotted line (unless you've printed without a border then you can just skip this)
  4. Fold along all the dotted lines
  5. Cut along the grey dotted line in the centre, from one dot to the other (it's easiest if you fold it first like the diagram shows)
  6. Then fold as shown in the diagram
  7. You're done

If you're stuck on the folding then this YouTube video uses the same folds.

Back To All Resources

The Print Handbook

Photo of inside Print Handbook

The Designer’s Essential Print Production Guide

Crammed with examples, charts and tools to help you as a designer, including...

  • CMYK Chart
  • DPI Examples
  • Rendering Intents
  • Text Size Examples
  • Folding & Binding Guide
  • Plus, loads more...

Animated Gof Print Handbook
Take a look
£6 / $9 / €8

Brought to you by

The Print Handbook


Preparing your pixels for print

The Print Handbook is crammed with examples, charts and helpful tools. It makes being a designer a little easier.

handbook02 handbook03 handbook04 handbook05