Book Binding and Leather Glue Recipe

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Binding your own books or scratch pads is a cinch with this simple, do it yourself book binding glue recipe. Binders glue is often expensive and difficult to find- you can make your own for less than $2. Use it to repair old books, or to bind leather to leather, or fabric to cardboard.

1 package (1/4 oz.) unflavored gelatin
3 TBS. boiling water
1 TBS. vinegar
1 tsp. glycerin

In a pan, add gelatin to boiling water. Stir until gelatin is completely dissolved. Add the vinegar and glycerin while stirring until mixture is well blended.

Makes 1/3 cup.

While the glue is still warm, apply a thin layer with a brush. This glue is waterproof and is excellent for binding leather to leather & fabric to cardboard.

Store in a tightly capped plastic or glass jar and it will keep for several months. If the glue gels in the bottle, you can reuse it by warming under hot water.

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17 Comments

  1. i hope to try this soon on some of my classroom textbooks. so many of them have been falling apart, and i’m sure this will be safer than rubber cement. thanks.

  2. this sounds like a wonderful way to fix my husbands leather work boots. when he puts them on he breaks down the back of the boot so he bought some leather to sew on to the original to give more stability. this would ‘glue’ the leather to the leather and water proof is even better!!

    thank you!!

  3. i am so glad to have found this recipe. i have several books that need mending and would like to make my own scratch pads. thanks!

  4. this is perfect for some projects i’m planning to make for my 10 grandchildren and for several friends. It involves gluing fabric to boxes to make them into “treasure boxes”. Thee is a wonderful fabric store in Bay City, MI that offers a wonderful choice of fabrics, so these can really be individualize for each recipient!

  5. i’m going to try this on my art journals. i also have an old bible and an old shakespeare book that my grandmother gave me. this will be great if it works.

    thanks!

  6. thanks for the glue recipe. i have a binder to decorate and will use this to put the fabric cover on the cardboard covers. regular glue (aka- white glue) never seems to do a good job.:party1:

  7. i have a book entrusted to me by a family member…a genealogy, privately printed and irreplaceable. it is coming apart and was orginally just a glued spine with cardstock cover and spine. i am going to glam this up!

    binding glue is my nextt project!

  8. Thanks for this recipe! I was having a hard time finding the right size art journal so I wanted to make my own 8 by 8 inch journal. So much fun and the glue worked awesome. I used this glue to attach some nice fabric to heavy card-stock and it worked perfect. 🙂

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