Reproduced by Kind Permission Of Mike Horrill Aldebaran
This article is adapted in part from an article in Adventurer #29 By
There are 2 ways of making spell books. The first is very simple and
quick and involves covering a note book in leather, the second takes a
bit longer but will give a much nicer finished book.
Method 1 - Covering a note book.
Cover the note book in the leather making sure that you fold the leather
over all the edges. To finish off simply glue the first and last page of
the note book to the covers to cover the edges of the leather.
Hard Backed Note Book.
Soft Thin Leather.
Method 2 - Making the book from scratch.
Firstly drop the tea bag into a cup of hot water.
Stiff Card (The Back of A4 Pads is Good).
Soft Thin Leather.
Thick A4 Paper. (If you are in the US and can only get 8.5 X 11 paper you
might need to alter the size of the book slightly to make the pages fit.)
A Tea Bag.
Cut out the card as shown and glue it to the Leather being sure to leave
the 6 mm gap between the pieces to allow the book to close.
Next glue a second piece of leather to the card so that the card is sandwiched
between the two. the best way to do this is to glue the second piece of
leather to the spine and then close the book before gluing the leather
to the front and back cover. This means that the book will tend to close
better once it is finished.
Now trim the leather covers to within about 2-3 mm of the card. This
allows the leather covers to be stitched around the edge for an authentic
look and covers up the fact that the whole thing is actually glued together.
To make the pages take 3 sheets of a A4. Go back to the cup of tea you
made at the start which should be nice and cold by now and use the tea
bag to stain the pages brown. Dry them gently between two layers of towel
and leave them on the radiator to dry fully.
Tear each of the pages into quarters using a ruler (it gives a nice
uncut edge) so you have 12 pieces of about equal size. Put them together
and fold them once width ways. Now stitch the pages together as shown.
Finally glue a thin strip of leather to the bound pages (about 0.5 cm X
10 cm) and glue this into the book.
Larger books can be made simply by altering the dimensions and not tearing
the A4 sheets as much to form the pages. If you are making a different
sized book it is a good idea to make the pages first and then make a cover
that will fit them.