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Three-Layer Star Book

In this project, Deb Dormody makes a multi-layer star-shaped book.

Thanks to Deb Dormody of Pawtucket, Rhode Island for this project.

Materials and Tools:

inside page papers (card stock):
back layer: 51-1/2" x 6"
middle layer: 42-1/2" x 6"
front layer: 38-1/2" x 6"
bone folder
paint and brushes
hobby knife
waxed linen thread
two 25" pieces of ribbon
PVA glue
hake brush
two pieces of book board or chipboard at least 1/8" thick
about 4-1/2" x 6-1/2"
6" x 8" lokta paper for covers


1. Cut your three panels to size and fold them accordion style. Each panel is graduated so that the back layer is biggest with a large deep fold, the central layer is slightly smaller, and then the front layer is smallest with shallow folds. For this project, I used the following measurements: back layer 51-1/2" x 6", middle layer 42-1/2" x 6", front layer 38-1/2" x 6".

2. For both the back and central layers, first measure out and mark off 1 inch on both ends, which will attach to the cover boards. For the front layer, measure out extra width to also serve as your endpapers; in this case, 2-3/4 inches on both ends.

3. Fold these first flaps in towards the center. Then with faint pencil marks and a ruler, mark off each page size for the remaining length of each layer. As this is a six-sided star, I've made the following page sizes for this project: back 4-1/8 inches, middle 3-3/8 inches, front 2-3/4 inches.

4. Fold the accordion pleats along your demarcations.

5. Design and create your panels cutting out areas on the valleys of the folds so that you can see through each layer. Paint, collage, print or draw your wonderful imagery.

6. Nest all three layers so that you can sew them together. Using a needle and thread, sew on the

7. foredge at each mountain fold. Pierce three holes at about 1 inch from the top and bottom and then in the center. It's useful to make a paper template to pierce each set of holes.

8. Starting at the center, place your needle through the back or inside of the book and in towards the front. Bring the thread up to the top or head hole, going from front to back. Bring your needle all the way down to the bottom or tail hole and go through back to front. Pierce back into the center hole from front to back and tie off in a knot. Repeat for the remaining five mountain folds.

9. Cut two boards slightly larger than the dimensions of the pages when they are all folded up closed. In this exampled, there was a faux embossed cover where was adhered another slimmer piece of chipboard that had images carved out to the front cover board. Glue two pieces of cover paper (which measure 1-1/2 inch larger than the cover boards), centering the boards on each piece. Trim the flap corners and glue the flaps down, first the head and tail and then the two sides. Let dry under a heavy press for about 45 minutes.

10. Cut two pieces of ribbon to about triple or quadruple the width of your book covers (better to overestimate in this case). Position your book covers perfectly parallel to each other, leaving a space in between them equal to the thickness of your folded up layers. Glue the two threads horizontally across the two covers with the center of the ribbons positioned at the space in the center between the two boards. Glue one about 1 inch or so from the top and the other at the same distance from the bottom.

11. On your layered pages, glue the remaining flaps to each other and then to your cover boards over the ribbons. Press out any air bubbles and wipe away any excess glue. Insert two blotters or lining papers between the covers and pages and press under light weight for 10 minutes.

12. Remove blotters and tie the ribbons to each other, bringing the covers 360 degrees backwards to each other. When closed you can also tie your covers together to keep it safe.

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